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 who has been providing legal counsel for 40 years. He 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, developing corporate governance best practices at public and private companies, and managing technology commercialization programs and ventures.

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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,

He is an active member of several professional organizations and is on the board of a number of charitable and arts organizations. In addition, 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 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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Laila Kobrossy Audi, PhD

Principal, Research & Operations

Laila is a biochemist with a cross-disciplinary background in science and entrepreneurship, and expertise in technology commercialization, go-to-market strategy and applied research. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from McGill University, and her post-doctoral training from Harvard University and Syracuse University. Laila’s areas of expertise include healthcare technology, patient-centered software, biochemistry, epigenetics, molecular and cellular biology, intellectual property landscapes, and competitive landscapes.

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Laila’s experience in technology commercialization began with the Technology Commercialization Law Program at Syracuse University, followed by her role as the technology commercialization manager at Blue Highway Inc., a medical technology accelerator, and director of commercialization strategy and research at 3Pound Health, a patient-centered software start-up.

Laila is an active member of several organizations including Aurora of CNY, Near East Foundation, Foundation for Fighting Blindness and the American Heart Association.

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Dominick Danna

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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Miriam Gillett-Kunnath, PhD

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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Lauren Knafo

research associate

Lauren is a graduate of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, working towards a JD/MBA from Villanova University. She has extensive experience in Market Research, Competitive Research, Industry Analyses, and Value Propositions/Competitive Advantages.

Audrey Ogurchak

research associate

Audrey holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Ohio University and is a 3L at Syracuse Law. As part of her legal education, she helps startups navigate intellectual property, regulatory and market issues. Most recently, she obtained registration before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Audrey's areas of expertise include: computer science, engineering, design, chemical manufacturing, patent landscape research and analysis. She is the Technology Editor for Syracuse University's Journal of Science and Technology Law and the President of Syracuse's Intellectual Property Law Society. She is pursuing a joint degree, J.D./M.S. in Computer Science at Syracuse University College of Law and Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science.

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Heather Roark Parker, L’16

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, Heather 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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Gillian Brandeis Sloane

research associate

Gillian earned a B.S. in Retail Management & Marketing from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She participated in an independent study in collaboration with the Technology Commercialization Law Program at the Syracuse University College of Law. Gillian is applying to law school for Fall 2017 admission. Her areas of expertise as an ICIP researcher include competitor analysis, market integration and feasibility, and strategic business planning.