Irene Abrams

Job Title: Vice President, Technology Development and New Ventures
Company: Boston Children’s Hospital

Irene Abrams is the Vice President, Technology Development and New Ventures at Boston Children’s Hospital, and in this role leads Children’s Technology & Innovation Development Office, the organization responsible for commercializing discoveries and innovation developed by researchers and clinicians at Boston Children’s Hospital   Irene is also the Managing Director of the Technology Development Fund, a hospital-run fund dedicated to advancing Boston Children’s technologies to the market.  Irene oversees an active therapeutics innovation program at Children’s which includes strategic alliances with the biopharma industry as well as robust internal incubation programs.  Irene has spent her career in academic technology commercialization, holding leadership positions at Partners Healthcare Innovation, where she was responsible for commercializing MGH discoveries; Brandeis University, where she was the Associate Provost for Innovation, and at M.I.T., where she was a Senior Technology Licensing Officer, responsible for licensing biomedical inventions for M.I.T., the Whitehead Institute and the Broad Institute.  Educated at the University of Pennsylvania, the Johns Hopkins University and at M.I.T., Irene is the past President of the Massachusetts Association of Technology Transfer Offices, the founder of T3, a networking organization for technology licensing offices from small New England research institutions, and a former Associate VP of the Association of University Technology Managers.