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Alicia Löffler, PhD

Alicia Löffler, PhD

Executive Director Innovation and New Ventures Office Northwestern University

Dr. Alicia Löffler is the founding Executive Director of the Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO), Associate Provost for Innovation and New Ventures, Associate Vice President for Research, and Adjunct Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  Dr. Loffler is responsible for all the short and long term strategies for INVO, including educational commercialization, and new ventures.

INVO was founded in 2010 to enhance the transfer of innovations to the market and nurture a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation at Northwestern University.  INVO oversees translational, transactional and commercialization activities at a number of centers and initiatives across NU. Since 2010 INVO generated approximately $1.5 Billion net income.

Since 2010, Dr. Löffler and her team have transformed the culture for commercializing innovations at Northwestern. Dr. Löffler led the building Northwestern’s entrepreneurial hub called The Garage.  The Garage, launched on June 2015, is the hub of entrepreneurial activities at Northwestern University. She also founded the two Northwestern venture funds launched in 2016: N.XT and NUseeds. 

Dr. Löffler has served as advisor on multiple profit and non-profit boards for biotech/medical device organizations, including being a Founding Board Member of the Biotechnology Institute, Washington DC, the Biopharmaceutical Center at the WHU in Koblenz, Germany, the Midwest Heart Foundation, BiotechLogic, ConjuGon, and many biotech spinouts.  She also served as Board Member and Past-Chair for the Council for Biotechnology Centers (BIO), and Board Member, Emerging Companies, Biotechnology Industry Dr. Löffler was a board member at Baird Ventures Partners Fund II and is currently in the Advisory council for the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition and the Illinois Growth Innovation Fund (IGIF), a $200,000M fund, created by Illinois Treasurer Michael Freichs.

Dr. Löffler received a BS from the University of Minnesota, a PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and had her post-doctoral training at Caltech. Dr. Löffler was named one of the Tech 100 stars by Crain’s Chicago Business, and received the “Women in Black” I-Street Award and the 2011 Innovator Award presented by the Chicago Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

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