Welcome to Rick Smith and our new CTV XIRs!
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Welcoming Rick Smith and our new CTV XIRs!

Dear Colleagues,

First, I am pleased to announce that, beginning Feb 1st, 2015, Rick Smith has joined CTV as Director of Physical Sciences. We are very excited to welcome Rick to the CTV team, as he has been engaged in many aspects of technology development and commercialization for the past 16 years. In his previous position as the Director of Technology Licensing for Engineering and Physical Sciences at Rutgers, Rick managed a large portfolio of technologies from the School of Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science. Before Rutgers, Rick was Director of Sciences at Innovaro, where he evaluated early and late stage technologies for Fortune 1000 companies and managed technology acquisitions both US and international clients. Read Rick's full bio here, or better yet, come visit him at CTV! 

Second, I’d like to introduce you to our two newest XIRs, who are both Columbia alumni:

  • Lee Wrubel is the Founder and Managing Director of Foundation Medical Partners, a $200M VC fund focusing on digital health. Prior to co-founding FMP in 2001, Lee served as an investment professional with Highland Capital Partners and Canaan Partners where he worked closely with the management of a large number of private companies. Lee earned an MD and Masters in Public Health from Tufts University, and an MBA from Columbia.
  • Jennifer Gabler has functioned as the CFO for multiple startup and venture backed companies. Her industry experience spans biotech, digital ventures, software and services, engineering/hardware applications, ad/media and customer facing/retail offerings, among many others. She is part of a CXO consulting group, Marlborough Street Partners, which helps evaluate, revitalize, operate and monetize venture-funded companies. Her most recent startup is as Co-Founder of The Refinery which is an accelerator for women owned businesses. Jen has an MBA from Columbia.

Lee & Jen join our existing crew of returning XIRs: George Cigale, Rick D’Augustine, Francis Lee, William Reinisch, and Bob Sheehy. Learn more about how to contact our current XIRs here.

Welcome to Rick, Lee and Jen!

Sincerely,
Orin Herskowitz

Executive Director, CTV
VP for Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer

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