Staff Bios

current resident fellow
 

Susan S. Allen, BS

Intellectual Property Coordinator

Susan joined Nationwide Children’s in the summer of 2013. She manages the intellectual property and patent portfolio, as well as agreements records, for the Office of Technology Commercialization. She assists the team with invention evaluation and efforts aimed at marketing and licensing. Susan also manages compliance with regard to reporting requirements for federal and/or non-government research sponsors.

Susan has 23 years of experience including work for federal and state governments, academia, private industry and nonprofits. She has a strong background in intellectual property management and research administration; research education and communications; and budget management and accounting practices including patents, agreements, contracts, and grants management and compliance.

Susan has a bachelor's degree in biology from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. She is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers. Past professional memberships include: National Council of University Research Administrators, American Medical Writers Association, and American Management Association.

current resident fellow
 

Margaret Barkett, PhD

Senior Licensing Associate

Margaret joined The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a licensing associate in February 2010, and currently serves as a senior licensing associate for the Office of Technology Commercialization. In her role with the office Margaret manages the assessment, protection, valuation and out-licensing of a portfolio of intellectual property assets owned by The Research Institute. She is also actively involved in managing many of the office’s relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.

Margaret has a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Emory University and 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.

David Bellamy-Bise
 

David Bellamy-Bise, BA

Administrative Support III

David joined The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in July 2017. His primary responsibilities include supporting both the Office for Technology Commercialization as well as the Drug & Device Development Services department. David is responsible for calendar management and meeting coordination as well as assisting each member of the Office of Technology Commercialization with various duties as needed. David also supports the team with department projects, event coordination, supply orders and provides assistance with record keeping.  

David has over 10 years of experience working in an administrative support role for a health care system. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kentucky Christian University.

current resident fellow
 

Andrew M. Corris, PharmD, JD, BS

Licensing Associate

Andrew joined The Research Institute in March 2015. In his role as a licensing associate, he promotes technology transfer through the evaluation, protection, and out-licensing of technologies developed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a minor in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The Ohio State University, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Capital University, specializing in intellectual property law.

Isabella Gomez Rueda
 

Isabella Gomez Rueda, LLB, LLM

Agreements Coordinator

Isabella joined The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in March 2018. As Agreements Coordinator she is responsible for the negotiation and administration of Material Transfer Agreements, Data Use Agreements and Confidential Disclosure Agreements. Isabella also manages the agreements docket and provides assistance to the office’s licensing team. 

Isabella has a Bachelor of Laws LLB from the Universidad Industrial de Santander and is a licensed attorney in Colombia. She also has a Graduate Degree in Trade Law from the Universidad Autonoma de Bucaramanga and a Master of Laws LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from The Ohio State University. She has experience in the areas of university transactions, contracts, commercial and intellectual property law.

current resident fellow
 

Matthew McFarland, RPh, PhD

Vice President of Commercialization and Industry Relations

Matthew joined Nationwide Children’s as director of the Office of Technology Commercialization in the spring of 2012. As Vice President of Commercialization and Industry Relations, 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, Matthew 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 postdoctoral research fellowship in translational genetics and pharmacogenomics of neuropsychiatric disorders at the Institute of Psychiatric Research, Indiana University Medical School.

Matthew 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.

current resident fellow
 

Kyle Murrah, PhD

Licensing Associate

Kyle joined The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a licensing associate in the Office of Technology Commercialization in July 2014. In his role as a licensing associate, he promotes technology transfer through the evaluation, protection, and out-licensing of technologies developed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Kyle has a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from North Carolina State University and a PhD in microbiology and immunology from Wake Forest University. His doctoral research focused on polymicrobial interactions in middle ear infections. While earning his doctorate, he completed a two year technology transfer internship at Wake Forest Innovations.

current resident fellow
 

Susannah Wolman, BA

Business Compliance and Finance Coordinator

Susannah joined The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in July 2016. She is primarily responsible for information and business systems. She tracks invoices, licenses terms and follows up to ensure licensee compliance, in addition to overseeing the annual budget, purchasing and the file management database. Susannah also assists technology transfer professionals with department initiatives, events management and operational issues.

Susannah has over 10 years of experience working in product liability and commercial litigation. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Psychology from Marquette University.