Tracey Dodenhoff

Director, Center for Research Innovation

An entrepreneurial leader driven by value creation, Tracey specializes in product commercialization and new market initiatives. Tracey is the Founding Director of the Center for Research Innovation (CRI), an exciting new venture focusing on increasing commercialization activity from research initiatives, where she leads the translation of innovations into tangible commercial successes. She also provides leadership for the University’s technology transfer practice.

She is the founder of Vanguard Technologies, LLC, a commercialization and business development company driven to establish and expand product innovations in the global marketplace. She has launched 6 startup companies across medical, consumer and industrial industries. Tracey is on board of two early stage medical companies in the sleep disorder industry, as well as a business advisor for a start-up helping users to exploit their data to make better decisions through interactive, visual analytics. Previously, Tracey served as Vice President of where she established new client engagements and provided open innovation and technology marketing strategy for key Fortune 500 clients. In addition, Tracey drove investment opportunities for the venture arm of, including investment recommendations, advisement on valuation negotiations, and due diligence management for high profile investors.  Tracey also directed key international partner relationships to increase deal flow.

Jennifer Boyle-Lynch

Senior Associate Director, Finance & Operations

Jennifer was recently promoted to Senior Associate Director of Finance and Operations at the Center for Research Innovation at Northeastern University. She joined Northeastern in the role of Manager of Administration and Finance in the Office of Technology Innovation and Commercialization in May 2010. Prior to coming to Northeastern, she worked for two years in the field of Sponsored Research and held the position of International Project Coordinator at Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Nutrition. Jennifer began her career as a business entrepreneur as the founding President of Nu-Print, Incorporated, which she managed for 14 years before venturing into the sector of higher education.

Joel Bresler

Technology Portfolio Director

Joel Bresler is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur with exceptional experience leading corporations and new ventures in business development and general management. Key past accomplishments include business development for best-selling electronic media and software products. Bresler co-founded two firms sold to public companies, including one to Microsoft.

He is currently the Technology Portfolio Director at Northeastern University, where he manages inventor relations and spin-out business development activities for the Center for Research Innovation. He works with start-ups and corporations to license the University’s inventions – and sponsor research – in nanotechnology, medical devices, cleantech, robotics, catalysts, Homeland Security, advanced materials and the life sciences.

Bresler received a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Paige Clapp

Intellectual Property and Contracts Associate

Northeastern’s use-inspired innovation finds diligent preservation and commercial advancement under the stewardship of Paige Clapp, Intellectual Property and Contracts Associate for the CRI. Paige represents NU’s interest when liaising between academic, corporate, and federal institutions while also streamlining internal processes.

Paige received her J.D. from Northeastern University, School of Law and her B.S. in Marketing from Quinnipiac University.

Andy Curtin

Director of Intellectual Property

Andy has over 13 years of intellectual property and litigation experience, covering technologies such as automatic speech recognition, natural language processing, networking and telecommunications, computer vision, and machine learning.  Prior to joining Northeastern, Andy served as Senior IP Counsel for the Enterprise and Imaging divisions of Nuance Communications, where he managed the patent procurement process for each division from invention harvesting to end-of-life, performed M&A due diligence for both corporate and IP portfolio acquisitions, and negotiated 3rd party technology in-licenses and joint research agreements with both academic and industrial partners.  He held positions as Senior Patent Counsel at 3Com Corporation, as well as Patent Counsel at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs.

Andy earned his B.S. in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1990 and his JD from Suffolk University Law School in 1997. Between 1990 and 1999 when not attending law school, Andy served as an engineering officer aboard US flagged merchant ships engaged in worldwide trade.

Nikole Lynch

Administrative Coordinator

Nikole Lynch, Administrative Coordinator, proficiently assists with the daily activities of the CRI while also supervising critical event logistics and coordinating pertinent social media campaigns.

Prior to joining the CRI, Nikole was a Budget and Procurement Assistant for Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies where she provided meticulous budget support for various programs and prudently engaged vendors.

Nikole graduated from American International College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business.

Mark Saulich

Senior Commercialization Manager

Mark Saulich has spent the past 15 years focused on open innovation and technology commercialization. He has assisted entities ranging Fortune 1000 companies to Startups, in sourcing external innovations, as well as in out-licensing their own intellectual property. At the Center for Research Innovation, Mark is focused on helping to take Northeastern research from lab to market. In moving beyond traditional one-off license models, and forging long term, collaborative partnerships with industry, he seeks to create greater value for both sides. Prior to joining the Center for Research Innovation, Mark spent several years at, a technology transfer intermediary, assisting companies with technology scouting and licensing.

Brice Tennant

Marketing, Communications, and Program Manager

Prior to joining the CRI team, Brice was the founder and CEO of International English Group, a boutique firm catering to the educational needs of international professionals. Regarding his education, Brice holds two advanced degrees in philosophy and history from Boston University and George Fox University.

Jeanne Waters

Intellectual Property Administrator

Prior to joining the CRI, Jeanne worked as a legal secretary/paralegal at law firms for over 25 years, most recently in the Intellectual Property department at a large firm.  At the CRI, Jeanne is the contact for inventors with questions regarding their Invention Disclosures as well as the contact for government reporting agencies regarding funded research, and she maintains the CRI database.