Matthew McFarland, RPh, PhD, Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Matthew joined Nationwide Children’s as the director of the Office of Technology Commercialization in the spring of 2012. As director, he works closely with Nationwide Children’s faculty and staff to identify intellectual property with commercial potential and to facilitate the transfer of new technologies to outside partners, ultimately for the benefit and enhancement of pediatric care. He has a diverse background in technology transfer, technology valuation and licensing, academic research and pharmacy practice.
Prior to joining Nationwide Children’s, Dr. McFarland was the associate director of commercialization, innovation strategy manager and technology manager in the Office of Technology Commercialization at the Purdue Research Foundation.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and his PhD in medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology from Purdue University. He also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in translational genetics and pharmacogenomics of neuropsychiatric disorders at the Institute of Psychiatric Research, Indiana University Medical School.
Dr. McFarland has authored several articles for peer-reviewed journals including Molecular Pharmacology, Journal of Biological Chemistry and Medical Innovation & Business. He also has received the Jenkins/Knevel Award for Excellence in Research and the Albert and Anna Kienley Award for Excellence in Teaching from the School of Pharmacy at Purdue University.
Margaret Barkett, PhD, Senior Licensing Associate, Office of Technology Commercialization, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Margaret joined The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a licensing associate in February 2010. She earned her PhD degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from Boston University, where she continued her training as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research in cell death biology spanned different areas including cancer biology and development. Prior to joining The Research Institute, she completed a one-year technology licensing internship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology focusing on medical devices and biotechnology.
Chalonda R. Handy, PhD, Licensing Associate, Office of Technology Commercialization, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Chalonda joined The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a licensing associate in July 2012. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tougaloo College, a small liberal arts school in Mississippi. She earned a PhD in Integrated Biomedical Science with a minor in Neuroscience from The Ohio State University and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in Neurosurgery at Emory University. While at Emory, she also completed a one year internship in technology transfer. To further her understanding of technology commercialization, she functioned in a junior licensing capacity at Ohio State just prior to joining Nationwide Children’s.
Chalonda has a very diverse technical background and has investigated a number of neurological disorders. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles including publications in PNAS, Molecular Therapy and Science Translational Medicine. Chalonda has also successfully written SBIR/STTR grants that were funded by the NIH.
Supatra S. Davis, Business Compliance and Intellectual Property Coordinator, Office of Technology Commercialization, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Supatra joined The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in August 2008 and her duties serves as the point of contact for agreement requests and submissions, monthly and quarterly report statistics, and miscellaneous administrative duties. She is also the Technical Coordinator for the Patents & Copyrights Committee and is also responsible for maintaining financial transactions related to the Intellectual Property portfolio. She also serves as a Notary Public.