Senior Director, Technology & Innovation Development Office
Irene is the Senior Director of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Technology & Innovation Development Office, the organization responsible for commercializing technology developed by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining Boston Children’s, Irene was an Executive Director at Partners Healthcare Innovation, responsible for commercializing technology from Massachusetts General Hospital. In this role, Irene founded and ran a Partners-wide proof-of-concept grants program. Before joining Partners, Irene was the Associate Provost for Innovation at Brandeis University and founded the Brandeis Virtual Incubator. Prior to joining Brandeis in 2006, Irene was a Senior Technology Licensing Officer at M.I.T., where she focused on licensing biotech inventions for M.I.T., the Whitehead Institute and the Broad Institute.
Irene did her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and her graduate work at 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 an Associate Vice President of the Association of University Technology Managers.
Jane Amara, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Technology & Innovation Development Office
Jane joined the Technology & Innovation Development Office at Boston Children's in October of 2012. Prior to joining TIDO, Jane worked in venture capital, overseeing investments into university spin-out companies in the UK. Before that, she worked in biotech business development, including five years identifying, evaluating, and executing transactions at Biogen Idec. Her industry experience also includes research and project management responsibilities at start-up and established companies, including Genzyme and ARIAD Pharmaceuticals.
Jane earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Yale University. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Harvey F. Lodish at the Whitehead Institute.