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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation team is paving the way for Chicago’s entrepreneurial spirit. Housed on a collaborative campus, we are a group of committed professionals dedicated to promoting and supporting students, faculty, staff, alumni, researchers and local entrepreneurs as they navigate the complex process of creating and growing a startup. For general inquiries, questions, and feedback about the Polsky Center, please contact us at polsky@uchicago.edu.

Industry Relations

Steve KuemmerleSteve Kuemmerle
Steve Kuemmerle

Steve Kuemmerle

Senior Director, Industry Relations

5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-3211

Steve Kuemmerle, Ph.D., serves at the lead of Industry Relations for the Polsky Center, where he is responsible for developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with Industry Partner in the research sector.

Alan KoncarevicAlan Koncarevic
Alan Koncarevic

Alan Koncarevic

Head, Strategic Alliances

5454 South Shore Drive, 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-3208

Alan Koncarevic serves as head of strategic alliances for the Polsky Center, where he is responsible for developing and maintaining mutually-beneficial research collaboration relationships with industry partners, including the recently established master collaboration with AbbVie.

Alan has a rich background in innovation management and technology development, with more than 10 years of interdisciplinary experience in basic and translational research, commercial development, partnering, and licensing in corporate, venture creation, and academic settings. Most recently, Alan helped to lead corporate alliances for the University, focusing on initiating, building, and managing long-term relationships with the University’s corporate partners, to catalyze joint research initiatives and collaborative projects. Previously, Alan held an innovation management and commercial development role at UChicagoTech, where he was responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of faculty technologies and startups.

Before he joined the University of Chicago, Koncarevic worked at Enlight Biosciences, an entrepreneurial venture creation and investment firm founded by PureTech Ventures (now PureTech Health) in Boston, Mass. While at Enlight/PureTech, he led and supported initiatives to identify and develop various biotechnology R&D opportunities for Enlight’s pharma partners and investors leading to creation of several new companies.

Prior to Enlight, Koncarevic worked as a Senior Scientist at Acceleron Pharma in Cambridge, Mass. where he was responsible for preclinical development of multiple compounds across several therapeutic indications. Koncarevic has also provided consulting services for organizations, including Enlight/PureTech, and for The European Union and The World Bank Innovation Fund Project.

Koncarevic has authored multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts, presented his work at international scientific conferences, and contributed to inventions leading to several patent applications. He holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from Lock Haven University.