About Prediqtus

About Prediqtus

Prediqtus is changing the way public companies view patents, moving patent assets from a cost center to a revenue center. Our proprietary predictive analytics identifies the patent assets in a large portfolio which are most valuable with respect to monetization. We partner with Fortune 500/100 companies to reveal novel areas of value that are not immediately obvious, such as field of use out-licensing in other technical verticals. We use consultants and advisors who are absolutely the best in the business.  Prediqtus works outside the practice of patent law to add synergistic value to a company’s patent prosecution and legal due diligence expertise.

People

Dipanjan Nag

President

Dr. Dipanjan ‘DJ’ Nag is the President of Prediqtus LLC, an early stage translation fund focused on medical devices. In 2013, Prediqtus launched two successful medical device companies and acted as an advisor for a licensing company (PPRO) founded by Mr. Jay Walker, which went public in the US. DJ was previously the Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization at Rutgers University. He led the overall commercialization efforts from a $430 M research budget. The focus was to out license technologies and create spin-off companies from the University. Under his leadership Rutgers University ranked among the top 10 universities for creating startups according to AUTM survey (2011). DJ was a Vice President at ICAP Ocean Tomo, an intellectual property transaction firm, a subsidiary of ICAP Plc. He concentrated on private sale of biotechnology and life sciences technology areas at ICAP Ocean Tomo. Before that he was a Director at Ocean Tomo, an intellectual property merchant bancR, responsible for private sale, patent auctions and valuation of intellectual property assets. He was the Director of Operations in the Office of Technology Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) prior to joining Ocean Tomo. Overall, he has been responsible for creating more than 30 startup companies and more than 300 license agreements from university technology transfer. As an active member of The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Licensing Executive Society (LES), Dipanjan served as an elected member of the AUTM Board and Vice President for Professional Development for AUTM (2012-2014). In 2005 he received the prestigious Howard Bremer Scholarship in technology transfer. He is an adjunct Professor or Practice at Rutgers University, Masters in Business and Science Program and teaches Intellectual Property Strategy. He is a Visiting Professor at Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu, Japan. DJ received his Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry and instrumentation from UNL and performed research in the area of unusual DNA structures and interaction of cations. He also holds a MS in chemistry and a Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Engineering. In 2005 he received his MBA in marketing from UNL. In 2006 he completed the Harvard Negotiation Course.

Bill Braunlin

Chief Scientific Officer

Bill Braunlin, a native of West Virginia, is co-owner and CSO of Rational Affinity Devices, LLC, a startup biotechnology company employing proprietary nucleic acid recognition technologies to develop point-of-care diagnostic devices of unprecedented accuracy. Bill received his Ph.D. in polymer physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. He did postdoctoral work in physical chemistry at Lund University, Sweden, and in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. He has extensive training and experience in nucleic acid biophysics and polymer physical chemistry, first as an academic investigator, where he achieved tenure at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln based in part on his NIH-funded research and then in industrial biotechnology positions of increasing responsibility. Bill has collaborated with leading researchers both in the U.S. and abroad, pioneering studies of nucleic acid conformation and recognition. Through his industrial work, he has had extensive experience with the drug discovery process, and has contributed to both INDs and NDAs. His work has involved the use of a wide range of physical methods. He is a leading authority on biological NMR, and as among the early investigators to recognize the biotechnological significance of unusual DNA structures. Bill continues to be involved actively in the research community, both in the US and abroad. He has an extensive track record of government funding for both research and small business grants, and has served on a number of NIH study sections, as well as foreign panels.

Juan Figueroa

Consultant

Juan E. Figueroa, Ph.D. Dr. Figueroa retired from the National Science Foundation in January 2014 where he served since 2002 as a Program Director in the Small Business Innovation Research Program after spending over twenty years in R&D management positions in the electronics and communications industries. His last position before joining NSF was Product Development Consultant for Material Sensing and Instrumentation, Inc. (MSI), an NSF SBIR awarded company. He is now Principal at Abenaki Connect, LLC. a company assisting institutions in the transfer of innovation to the market. Prior to MSI Dr. Figueroa was Director of Strategic Development and Project Management for the Home Communications Division of Ericsson, a multinational telecommunications and consumer electronics company. He also worked on semiconductor companies such as Analog Devices and Harris Semiconductor in the definition and development of cable modem and Wi-Fi devices. His first appointment after graduate school was with Bell Laboratories as a Member of the Technical Staff in Murray Hill, New Jersey and Allentown, Pennsylvania working in the development of microprocessor, CMOS and networking technologies. After 13 years with Bell Laboratories Dr. Figueroa led the operations of a high-speed networking equipment design startup company. Dr. Figueroa received his Ph.D. in Physics from the State University of New York at Binghamton. A native of Puerto Rico, Dr. Figueroa received his B.S in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico.

Daniel Behr

Advisory Board

Daniel Behr is an experienced entrepreneur, venture investor and technology development professional. Over the past 25 years he has created and funded numerous ventures in the life and physical sciences. Daniel is currently Senior Vice President and a founder of Access BridgeGap Ventures, the early-stage life sciences venture investment and venture creation unit of Access Industries. BridgeGap’s investments include therapeutics companies Mnemosyne, Exithera, and Vedantra. Prior, he was Director of Technology Ventures at Allied Minds, Inc., an investment firm focused on creating and funding academic spinoffs – there he led the Series A funding of SciFluor, a fluorine chemistry drug development startup. From 2006-2010, Daniel was Director of Business Development at Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development (technology transfer) where he helped launch 7 Harvard spinoffs (including GnuBio, Capsum and Qstream). Previously, Daniel co-founded 3 startups (In-USA, Compact Instruments, Arradiance) and a seed-stage venture investment fund (Seed Partners). Before starting his first company, Daniel was a business strategy Consultant at Bain & Co. and an advanced-materials Research Engineer at Albany International. Daniel earned an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He speaks German and is fluent in Spanish.

Jerome Edwards

Advisory Board

Jerome Edwards is an entrepreneur in the medical device field. After graduating with highest honors from the Colorado School of Mines in 1997 with a degree in engineering, Mr. Edwards began his career as a software engineer for then start-up Surgical Navigation Technologies, in Boulder, Colorado, developing the StealthStation product for stereotactic neuro, spine, and ENT surgeries. Surgical Navigation Technologies was acquired by Sofamor Danek Group (NYSE:SDG) in 1997 and subsequently by Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) in 1999. At Medtronic, Mr. Edwards worked closely with inventor Fred Wittkampf of the Netherlands to develop and launch the Medtronic LOCALISA Intracardiac Mapping System for cardiac electrophysiology arrhythmia ablation applications. LOCALISA, through various business development transactions, became Endocardial Solutions’ (NASDAQ:ECSI) and subsequently St. Jude Medical’s (NYSE:STJ) NavX product. The NavX product remains a market leader today. After leaving Medtronic in 2002 to pursue a Masters in Business Administration at Vanderbilt University as a Dean’s Scholarship recipient, Mr. Edwards founded Veran Medical Technologies, Inc. in 2005, now located in St. Louis, MO. As the CEO of Veran, Mr. Edwards directed the development of the IG4 Navigation System used in percutaneous cancer biopsy and ablation procedures. The IG4 Product is currently being distributed by GE Healthcare. Mr. Edwards also directed the development of the SPiN Drive Navigation System for endobronchial biopsy and treatment of solitary pulmonary nodules suspected of lung cancer. Veran is currently rapidly scaling sales of this product and collaborating with a strategic partner to launch a thoracic surgery version of this product. Currently, Mr. Edwards has left Veran and returned home to Boulder, Colorado to pursue new innovations.

Mohua Bose

Consultant

Mohua Bose, Ph.D. has two and a half years of experience in R&D and project management in biotechnology. She possesses a strong technical background that includes enzymology, protein engineering, immunodiagnostics, infectious diseases and Alzheimer's disease. On top of a extensive laboratory technical skills in molecular biology, protein chemistry/biochemistry, enzymology and synthetic chemistry, she is also qualified in leading a team after having managed several projects while working at Inbios International, Inc. Dr. Bose received her Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry from the University of Nebraska. After graduate school, she completed postdoctoral work at The Scripps Research Institute for 2 years and thereafter a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pathology at Stanford University.

Boris Leschinsky, Ph.D.

Boris Leschinsky

Boris is a senior medical device executive experienced in overseeing all phases of R&D activities. He was the Vice President, Technology of Datascope, a $400MM public company ultimately acquired by Maquet and Mindray. He has a strong record of technical, IP and clinical due diligence in M&A activities.

Eric Sobolewski

Entrepreneur in Residence

Eric Sobolewski received his degree in Materials Science Engineering Degree from Rutgers University and is working towards a Master of Business and Science with a concentration in Data Analytics, also at Rutgers. Currently Eric processes and analyzes data for military grade microcircuits at SRI International. During his undergrad years Eric did research at the Material Science department under the direction of Dr. Dunbar Birnie which resulted in a patent of a novel solar tracker for residential roof tops. Following that he worked at grid start-up companies Petra Solar and EOS Energy Storage in various capacities. Being passionate about innovation and design he enjoys predictive data modeling and building electrical and mechanical prototypes.

Careers

Prediqtus is the pre-eminent intellectual property strategy company.  Prediqtus has created groundbreaking innovations in the field of intellectual property analysis and monetization. Beyond monetization, the professionals at Prediqtus also integrate patent strategy with business strategy in the complex, ever-changing field of intellectual property. Are you ready to join a competitive, progressive, state of the art business environment? Working for Prediqtus is exciting & challenging. Come see what you are missing! Prediqtus offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging career, and competitive compensation. Prediqtus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Currently available positions:

Intern

Job Title: Intern Company: Prediqtus, LLC Location: Princeton, NJ Min Experience: Bachelors in Science or engineering Job Description: The successful intern candidate will be responsible for marketing selection of technologies for divestiture of patents and technologies. The candidate will assist the VP and CSO for technologies within the Prediqtus portfolio. The position will also have the opportunity to  perform technology and market due diligence, market research, patent searching and analysis. This person must have strong interpersonal skills, social networking skills as well as communication skills. The candidate also needs to be a team player, which is critical in a small business. An ideal candidate would have:

  • BS or equivalent training in life sciences, engineering or physical science
  • Some industry knowledge in pharmaceuticals or medical devices
  • Ability to work on marketing campaigns, both traditional and social networking
  • Strong project management skills
  • Contagious passion for emerging technology
  • Strong analytic and quantitative skills

At Prediqtus, we are a small business making large decisions. Our ideal candidate will have strong commitment to succeed.  We interact with the premier universities in the country and are on the cutting edge of new discoveries. Our clients include fortune 100 and fortune 500 companies.

CEO in Residence

CEO-In-Residence (CIR) programs are getting more popular all over the world as a way to provide start-up companies with experienced management. Effective guidance in the first few years of a company is absolutely critical to success. CIR programs place an experienced CEO into a start-up company right from the beginning.  Acting as an adviser the CEO can create a business model that invites investment, anticipate and remove obstacles, oversee budgets, fund raise, and effectively report to investors about accomplishments and concerns. Prediqtus, LLC has chosen four outstanding professionals to be the foundation of their CIR program.  These individuals have high levels of experience and exceptional skill in actualizing, advising and advancing a company.  Our CIR’s have been exclusively selected to provide a start-up company with the foundation that it needs to be successful. About the company: Prediqtus is an early-stage seed fund for biomedical and life science innovations.  President and CEO, Dr. Dipanjan Nag successfully pioneered the CEO-In-Residence program at Rutgers University. Submit your information to be considered for the CIR program.

Trep in Residence

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) program at Prediqtus is designed for both highly experienced professionals and seasoned technical experts to join the Prediqtus team and participate in new ventures. As part of the team, you will have the opportunity to advance key technologies to the next step working hand in hand with leaders in the field of commercialization. Submit your information to be considered for the EIR program.

Fellow

August 15th, 2014 Job Title: Intellectual Property Fellow Company: Prediqtus, LLC Location: Princeton, NJ Min Experience: Masters in Science or engineering Job Description: The successful Fellow candidate will be responsible for closely working with the CSO and VP for IP advisory and IP analysis projects. The position will also have the opportunity to  perform technology and market due diligence, market research, patent searching and analysis. This person must have strong interpersonal skills, social networking skills as well as communication skills. The candidate also needs to be a team player, which is critical in a small business. An ideal candidate would have:

  • MS/MA or equivalent training in engineering, computer science or physical science
  • Some industry knowledge of patents
  • Strong project management skills
  • Contagious passion for emerging technology
  • Strong analytic and quantitative skills

At Prediqtus, we are a small business making large decisions. Our ideal candidate will have strong commitment to succeed.  We interact with the premier universities in the country and are on the cutting edge of new discoveries. Our clients include fortune 100 and fortune 500 companies.

Consultant

August 15th, 2014 Job Title: Technology Consultant Company: Prediqtus, LLC Location: Princeton, NJ Min Experience: Pioneer in Biomedical Engineering, Software or other related field Description: The successful Consultant candidate will be responsible for leading clients projects and working closely with the CSO and VP for IP advisory and IP analysis projects. This role will also have the opportunity to work with other experts, providing in-depth market technology, market, and intellectual property strategy. This person must have strong interpersonal skills as well as communication skills. The candidate absolutely needs to be a team player, which is critical in a small business. An ideal candidate would have:

  • Ph.D., MS or equivalent training in engineering or physical sciences
  • Extensive industry knowledge of patents
  • Pioneer in a field with 20+ years’ experience in a certain technology sector
  • Held leadership role in a medium or large corporate setting
  • Strong project management skills
  • Contagious passion for emerging technology
  • Strong analytic and quantitative skills

At Prediqtus, we are a small business making large decisions. Our ideal candidate will have strong commitment to succeed.  We interact with the premier universities in the country and are on the cutting edge of new discoveries. Our clients include fortune 100 and fortune 500 companies.


Careers - Think you would be a good fit?

If you are interested in joining our expert team, contact us.

Narayan Escolin, MBS

When I entered into the Professional Science Master's Program at Rutgers University, I had no interest in entrepreneurship or working for a start-up. As I took the courses offered by the program, including Fundamentals of Intellectual Property, which is taught by Dr. DJ Nag, I saw myself in such an environment more and more. The fellowship at PredIQtus (formerly IP Shakti) gave me the opportunity to work in-depth at a start-up and understand what it takes to build a small, growing company. I'm certain this experience will become extremely valuable for me in reaching my entrepreneurial career goals!

Brittany Greene, MBS

I was an Intellectual Property Fellow at PredIQtus (formerly IP Shakti) in Fall 2014. It was a truly fantastic learning experience in a business environment that was very new to me - that of a small, aggressively growing company. Because of the size and activity level, I was able to work directly with the president, DJ, and was given meaningful assignments from the very first week. My job included reading and interpreting patents and patent applications, and evaluating their market potential. It was exciting to learn about cutting edge technologies every day. Over the course of a semester, I learned a great deal about intellectual property strategy, market analysis, and growing a business.

Alexa Derkasch, JD

I was a summer fellow at PredIQtus (formerly IP Shakti) from May 2014 - July 2014. Although I was only there for a short time, I was immediately submerged into several different assignments and gained a unique perspective of the business of intellectual property. As an aspiring attorney, I knew how important it was to understand my client's technology and how to protect it. PredIQtus (formerly IP Shakti) proved further that knowing how the technology will affect the field is even more crucial to my client's success. That insight is truly invaluable. DJ is brilliant and so wise in his craft and I was lucky to have worked under his wing.

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