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Steven Kuemmerle, PhD

Special Advisor on Innovation and Industry Partnerships

Steve came to RFU from the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he served as senior director of industry relations. He joined the University of Chicago in 2013 in a leadership role to manage technology licensing and commercialization.

Steve has nearly three decades of healthcare industry experience. As head of venture investments at Abbott Biotech Ventures, Inc., he led the evaluation and execution of equity investments in emerging pharma companies. Before that, Steve served as a director in Abbott’s Global Pharma Licensing Group. Steve first joined Abbott in 1987, where he managed various diagnostic research and development units before moving to the Pharmaceutical Division in 1997.

Steve received his PhD in biochemistry from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He serves as an advisor on various healthcare focused boards and is past-chair of the Life Sciences Executive Committee for the Licensing Executive Society. Steve is a licensed airplane pilot, and enjoys hiking and sailing.