The ICIP Consulting team delivers years of hands-on experience solving significant technology commercialization challenges across start-up, corporate, university and government organizations. Our research team members have diverse educational and professional backgrounds. Together they provide specialized areas of expertise alongside professional excellence and integrity. Throughout our careers, we have fostered profound and enduring relationships, delivering a strong network of partners and stakeholders in the technology commercialization ecosystem.

Our Team

Jack Rudnick

Principal, Client Relations

Jack is an experienced corporate and intellectual property attorney, and has extensive experience in commercializing new technologies and advising emerging technology companies. His interests are IP strategy development to maximize protection and return on investment. Manage technology commercialization programs and ventures. He is the Director of the Innovation Law Center at Syracuse University College of Law.

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Jack worked with a multi-national high-tech company to spin-off two multi- million dollar divisions and sell the spin-offs to two multi-billion dollar public companies. He also founded a high-tech spin-off composed primarily of Ph.D. and others to further develop break-through technologies and was instrumental in licensing, selling and further developing said technologies. He is currently of counsel with Barclay Damon, LLP’s Emerging Technology Team, where he provides business and legal consultation to technology-based companies. Jack is currently a Professor of Practice with the Technology Commercialization Law Program at Syracuse Law,

Jack serves on the Board of Directors for MedTech Association and the CNY Community Foundation, Inc., and the Board of Advisors of the CNY Biotech Accelerator. He is also on the board of a number of charitable and arts organizations. Jack received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College.

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Chris Horacek

Principal, Intellectual Property & Regulatory Strategy

Chris is an attorney with over 30 years experience. More than 16 years of that experience was acquired in the role of general corporate counsel, advising company senior management on matters of corporate governance, ethics and compliance, and IP strategies based on evolving legal and business environment. His areas of expertise include business transactions, intellectual property identification and protection, compliance, and mergers and acquisitions.

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Chris most recently served as VP Deputy General Counsel for Welch Allyn, Inc, a Skaneateles, NY-based medical device company. He provided corporate legal services in various areas of the company as well as managing corporate training functions for compliance related matters. Chris has extensive experience in structuring and negotiation of licenses of intellectual property, licenses of software, product development arrangements, distribution channel agreements, and procurement agreements; development and management of processes to document inventions, protect inventions by means of patent, trade secret, and copyright regimes, and leverage intellectual property rights to maximize benefits to the business as well as development and management of programs and procedures to achieve sustainable compliance with various federal regulations, including those governing medical devices, international trade (import and export), sales of products to the federal government, data privacy and security, and advertising.

Chris received his J.D. with distinction from University of Nebraska, College of Law and his undergraduate degree from University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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Miriam Gillett-Kunnath, PhD, MBA

Principal, Research Associate

Dr. Gillett-Kunnath's practical areas of focus and expertise are in the life sciences, technology commercialization, synthetic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. Her research expertise involves patent landscapes on projects spanning engineering, pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, hydrogen fuel cells, solar energy, alternative energy, nanoparticles, chemical compounds, polymer chemistry and database storage.

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Dr. Gillett-Kunnath focuses on projects that involve patents and trade secrets with a specific focus in patent landscapes. She has an extensive and diverse background in research science and in chemistry precursor synthesis for engineering applications. Dr. Gillett-Kunnath is experienced in general organic, solid state, inorganic, and organometallic synthetic chemistry specializing in the fields of small molecule silicon-, germanium-, and nitrogen-based silyl and s-block compounds.

Dr. Gillett-Kunnath has previously worked with technology commercialization and patent landscape analysis through the NYS Science + Technology Law Center at Syracuse University College of Law and NYS Pre-Seed Workshop. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry. Dr. Gillett-Kunnath is a Research Professor at Syracuse University, who also assists in managing the University’s Single and Powder X-ray Crystallography Laboratory.

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Dominick Danna

Principal, Research Consultant

Dominick is an electrical engineer with over 35 years of experience in the research and development of new technologies at the medical device company, Welch Allyn, Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University.

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Most of his new product design focused on medical imaging and video devices. Dominick retired from Welch Allyn in 2007 after spending four years as the director of applied clinical research. He has been awarded 36 patents was the recipient of the Design News Special Achievement Award in 1993 and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Holley Medal in 1994.

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Heather Roark Parker, L’16

Principal, Research Associate

Heather is currently registered to practice as a Patent Agent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Her focus for us is on Prior Art Searches, Patent Landscapes, and Regulatory Landscapes.

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Heather earned her B.S. in Biology & Biotechnology with a minor in Business from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and her J.D. with a certificate in Technology Commercialization Law from Syracuse University College of Law. While in law school, Parker was a research associate with the New York State Science & Technology Law Center and Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse Journal of Science and Technology Law.

She works as a contractor with Ahee Build, Inc. in Topsfield, MA. Ahee Build works with clinicians, universities, and early-stage companies in the development of a patent portfolio that protects all the ideas of the inventors and positions the technology to attract investors.

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Kelsey Leeper

Research Associate

Kelsey received a M.S. in Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, and is currently pursing a JD degree at Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She worked in collaboration with Syracuse University College of Law's Technology Commercialization Law Program to assist clients from a business standpoint. Her interests and expertise for ICIP include Market Research, Industry Analyses, Competitive Research, and Strategic Business Planning.