Industry Relations and Technology Transfer

Who We Are

Nicole Robinson
Vice President

(206) 667-3139

Nicole C. Robinson, Ph.D. is the Vice President of the Office of Industry Relations and Business Development at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Niki joined Fred Hutch in July of 2015, and previous to that had been the AVP of Commercialization at Cincinnati Children’s. Over the last decade at Cincinnati Children’s, Niki led a team that accelerated the organization’s approach to technology transfer, which has resulted in record growth in disclosures, patents, licenses and revenues, and the launching of several funding programs to accelerate the development of innovations from Cincinnati Children’s.  Niki launched the Innovation Fund, a million dollar per year fund that awards funding to several innovative projects each year, has not only invested in significant development work at Cincinnati Children’s, but has also leveraged additional funding through gifts from foundations and industry.  The Tomorrow Fund, which is a nearly $20MM dollar seed fund created through grants that Niki secured through Ohio’s Third Frontier, has supported the creation of 10 start-ups, over 300 regional jobs, and demonstrated a greater than 20x leveraged investment from other parties. The Pediatric Medical Device Collaborative with Ben Gurion University in Israel is a funding mechanism aimed at creating pediatric medical devices by connecting Cincinnati Children’s physicians who have identified unmet needs, with BGU research engineers to bring ideas to prototype and beyond.

Niki received her Ph.D. in Cell Physiology from the University of Chicago, where she studied the function of chloride channels in disease. Since receiving her doctorate, Niki has been actively engaged in academic technology transfer and economic development, and before coming to Cincinnati, she was a member of the University of Chicago technology transfer office.

Niki is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the Licensing Executives Society (LES).

Richard Mitchell

Richard Mitchell
Director, Business Development

(206) 667-5821

Richard evaluates startup opportunities, supports startup companies, develops relationships and collaborations with industry, manages and protects intellectual property and out-licenses Fred Hutch technologies. Previously, Richard served as a senior scientist at California Biotechnology, as senior director of pharmacology and strategic alliances at MDS Pharma Services, and as scientific director, marketing and business development at Nastech Pharmaceutical Company.

Richard earned his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Minnesota and completed his postdoctoral training at The Salk Institute in San Diego, Calif. He also holds a bachelor of science in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Kaye D. Reiter
Licensing Associate

(206) 667-6442

Kaye evaluates, markets, and manages intellectual property developed by Fred Hutch. She also drafts agreements including license, collaboration, sponsored research, option, material transfer, confidentiality and others. Previously, Kaye served as a Patent Associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati. Kaye is admitted to the Bar in Washington State and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Kaye earned her doctorate in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her juris doctorate from the University of Washington. Kaye also holds an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M University.

Tandi Collisson
Licensing Associate

(206) 667-2652

Tandi is involved in IRTTO’s process of capturing and commercializing Fred Hutch’s intellectual property. She evaluates technology for potential patent protection and commercialization, and manages patent prosecution and strategy, working closely with licensees and investigators. Previously, she was a patent attorney and a patent agent at two national law firms, and an intellectual property intern at the University of Washington. Her experience in scientific research includes research and development in both academia and industry. Tandi is licensed to practice law in Washington State and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Tandi earned a Master of Science in Neuroscience from UTSouthwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. Tandi earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin.

Adina Mueller
Contracts Specialist

(206) 667-1227

Adina assists the Industry Relations and Technology Transfer Office by drafting and negotiating contracts that protect the Center’s intellectual property interests in its research interactions with outside collaborators. Previously, Adina negotiated clinical trial agreements with industry partners, on behalf of the Center and the University of Washington.

Adina has earned a law degree from the University of Bucharest, and University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne and a Master of Laws from the University of Washington. Adina is admitted to the Bar in New York State.

Kristi Sullivan

Kristi Sullivan
Director of Operations

(206) 667-1515

Kristi provides administrative support to the Vice President of Industry Relations and Business Development. She is the initial point of contact for general internal and external IRTTO inquiries and provides office administration and meeting coordination.

Clinton Potter

Clinton Potter
Legal Administrative Assistant

(206) 667-2553

Clinton coordinates outgoing material and data transfer agreements, patent annuity and intellectual property management. Before joining the Center, Clinton worked as a docketing manager at the National Institutes of Health Office of Technology Transfer.

Megaan McDonald
Executive Assistant

(206) 667-4365

Megaan provides general administrative and project support, record keeping, archiving, and meeting coordination. Megaan was previously employed with Microsoft, and has many years of web development experience.