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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. To see a full list of Polsky Council members, click here. For general inquiries, questions, and feedback about the Polsky Center, please contact us at polsky@uchicago.edu.

Industry Relations

Alan KoncarevicAlan Koncarevic
Alan Koncarevic

Alan Koncarevic

Director, Industry Relations; Head, Strategic Alliances

5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-3208

Alan Koncarevic serves as Director of Industry Relations for the Polsky Center, where he leads efforts to develop, manage, and grow strategic partnerships with industry and investors.

Alan has a rich background in innovation management and technology development, with more than 15 years of interdisciplinary experience in basic and translational research, commercial development, partnering, and licensing in corporate, venture creation, and academic settings. Since joining the University in 2011, Alan has contributed to numerous industry-facing initiatives and efforts, including development and management of strategic partnership with AbbVie. Koncarevic works with UChicago faculty, students, staff, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest value industry partners and structure mutually-beneficial collaboration models, providing opportunities for new research partnerships, sharing of complimentary resources, co-location, talent exchange, investments in UChicago startups, and creation of joint ventures.

Before he joined UChicago, Alan held entrepreneurial and business development roles at Enlight Biosciences, a venture creation and investment firm founded by PureTech Ventures (now PureTech Health) in partnership with 7 pharmaceutical companies in Boston, Mass. While at Enlight/PureTech, Alan worked on 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 and volunteer services for various organizations, including Enlight/PureTech, and for The European Union and The World Bank Innovation Fund Project.

Koncarevic has authored multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts, presented at international scientific conferences, and contributed to inventions leading to several patent applications. He holds a PhD from Boston University and a BS from Lock Haven University.

Omkar Bhave
Omkar Bhave

Omkar Bhave

Manager, Industry Relations

5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
773.702.6365

obhave@uchicago.edu

Omkar Bhave serves as manager of Industry Relations for the Polsky Center, where he works to develop, enable, and grow strategic partnerships with the private sector.

Omkar has a strong background in business development, product commercialization, corporate engagement, and project management. Omkar works with UChicago faculty, students, staff, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest value industry partners and structure mutually-beneficial collaboration models and research partnerships.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Omkar managed a significant portion of chemicals revenue for FutureFuel Chemical Company and guided the company to several new business development opportunities. He has experience with negotiating new business agreements and patent licensing agreements, building business cases for new product portfolios, and developing cost estimates. He has worked as a process engineer at Pryor Chemical Company. He has also held research positions at the University of Arkansas where he authored papers in the biotechnology and chemicals space and presented at international scientific conferences.

Omkar holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from The University of Arkansas. His hobbies include fishing, playing guitar, and scuba diving.

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