Offices of Biotechnology and Business Development

About Us: The Team

John Harb 
John L. Harb
Assistant Dean, Scientific Operations
Director, Office of Biotechnology 

John Harb has been at Einstein for over 30 years in positions of wide ranging and increasing responsibilities. John joined the Office of Biotechnology’s predecessor office in 1996 and became director of the Office in 2001. The Office’s track record of innovation and asset creation led in 2007 to the establishment of the Office of Business Development, in which John has an active senior role. In addition to his responsibility for the Office of Biotechnology, John is also the Assistant Dean for Scientific Operations, a position he has held since 2000. His responsibilities in the Dean’s Office focus on  laboratory space and resource allocation. He also serves on several leadership committees, including the Dean’s Executive Committee and the RPM.  John received his B.S. in Environmental Health from East Carolina University and received his M.S.P.H.  from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Richard Kosman 
Richard Kosman
Director, Office of Business Development 

Prior to joining the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2001 as assistant director in the office of biotechnology, Richard Kosman, Sc.M.M., worked as a life sciences industry investment banker/entrepreneur and developed a track record of building valuable life sciences products and companies from academic discoveries.  In January 2005, Richard was promoted to associate director of the office of biotechnology at Einstein.  In July 2007, he was further promoted to founding director of the new office of business development, which was created to establish additional collaborations with academic and commercial entities and to further translate the basic research advances made at Einstein into clinical applications.

Richard received his A.B. degree in chemistry summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and received his Sc.M.M. (Master of Medical Sciences) degree from Harvard Medical School.

Richard currently serves on the steering committee of the Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical & Translational Research at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center (Block Institute); on the experimental therapeutics advisory council of the Block Institute; and on the Pfizer Centers for Therapeutic Innovation — Einstein joint steering committee.  Finally, Richard serves in the Smart Partners Network and on the Board of Directors of Austral Incuba, the business incubator of Universidad Austral de Chile (a top-5 university in Chile).


Janis Peck Paradiso 
Janis (Peck) Paradiso, M.B.A.
Associate Director, Office of Business Development 

Janis Peck Paradiso, M.B.A., joined the office of business development in late December 2007 as business development analyst and was promoted to assistant director in 2010.  She was later promoted to Associate Director in January 2016.  In this role, Janis is responsible for the office's internal marketing and branding initiatives, manages the Technology Transfer Intern Program and participates in the marketing, negotiation and licensing of Einstein’s technologies. Before joining Einstein, Janis worked in the Technology Transfer Office at the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) for more than four years. In that position, she managed the Downstate Medical Center’s intellectual property portfolio, as well as other technologies from additional SUNY campuses; led licensing negotiations; and participated in marketing activities. Janis received her B.S. degree in computer engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly Polytechnic University) and her M.B.A. from the University at Albany, SUNY.

      benjy2015Benjamin (Benjy) Neymotin, Ph.D. 

     Assistant Director, Office of Biotechnology 

    Benjy Neymotin, Ph.D., joined the Office of Biotechnology in September 2007 as Contract and Licensing Associate.  After two years in this role, he went to pursue a Ph.D. in genomics and systems biology, returning to the Office in April of 2015 as Contract and Licensing Manager.  In January 2016, Benjy was promoted to Assistant Director.  Benjy is responsible for negotiating, processing, and managing a variety of agreements including material transfer agreements, industry sponsored research agreements, confidentiality agreements, consulting agreements, and research tool license agreements.  Benjy received his B.S. in biology from The Ohio State University’s Honors Program, his M.A. in biotechnology from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. in genomics and systems biology from New York University.  


  Wei Ouyang, Ph.D.  Contracts & Licensing Associate, Office of Biotechnology   

    Wei Ouyang, Ph.D., served as an intern in the Office of Biotechnology and Business Development from 2013 to 2015 while working as a postdoctoral fellow at Einstein. In July 2015, he took the position as Associate Technology Commercialization Manager at South Dakota State University. He returned to Einstein in January 2016 as Contracts and Licensing Associate.  Wei is responsible for negotiating, managing, and overseeing a broad range of agreements between Einstein and its industrial and academic collaborators.  Wei received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Life Sciences from Nanjing University, China and his Ph.D. degree in Structural Biology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics from Syracuse University. 



Michelle Acosta-Rivera   
Michelle Acosta-Rivera
Administrative Support 


Janet Walters.   
Janet Walters
Administrative Support 

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