EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM BIOS
Christy Wyskiel, Senior Adviser to the President
Christy Wyskiel is Senior Advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins University on matters of innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. In her role, she heads up Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, which includes technology transfer, the FastForward innovation hubs, and commercial partnerships for the University.
In this capacity, Wyskiel has overseen growth of the innovation ecosystem at the university, guided by a 2014 Innovation Roadmap and enabled by university commitments to excellence in innovation. Since 2014, JHTV has supported more than 2,000 inventions from across the university and the creation of over 130 new companies, which have raised over $1.5B in venture funding.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, as an entrepreneur and investor, Wyskiel started, supported and analyzed businesses in health care and life sciences for nearly 20 years. She co-founded two Baltimore-based companies with Johns Hopkins faculty members, serving as an executive of both, and has served as a formal and informal advisor to many other startups. Prior to that, Christy was a Managing Director at Maverick Capital, a multi billion-dollar investment fund, where she had a long track record of successful healthcare investing in both public and private companies. She also served as an institutional investor at T. Rowe Price.
Christy graduated from Williams College (BA, Economics and German) and the Stern School of Business at New York University (MBA, Accounting and Finance). She lives in Baltimore with her husband, two children, and a cat, and in her free time, she enjoys biking, yoga, and golf.
Steven Kousouris, Executive Director, Technology Transfer
Steve Kousouris oversees JHTV’s Technology Transfer Office, which supports, protects and promotes the commercialization of ideas and discoveries made by Hopkins faculty. Last year, the office received more than 450 invention disclosures, secured 150 new patents and executed more than 150 licensing agreements that generated $16.5 million in revenue. The office also completed more than 4,500 material transfer agreements.
Prior to joining JHTV in 2013, Steve primarily worked in managed care, including senior management positions with health insurance, pharmacy benefit management and disease management companies.
Steve has a master’s in health science from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland.
Sashank Reddy, Medical Director
Dr. Sashank Reddy grew to love Charm City while attending The Johns Hopkins University in 1996 as a Beneficial Hodson scholar. The Wisconsin native obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology and humanistic studies at Hopkins before moving to Harvard Medical School to complete his MD and PhD under the auspices of the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program.
After a brief stint at Third Rock Ventures, Boston’s premiere life sciences venture creation firm, Reddy returned to Baltimore—and Hopkins—in 2011 as a plastic and reconstructive surgery resident. He later co-founded and ran LifeSprout, a FastForward 1812-based company that is developing the next generation of synthetic soft tissue substitutes for aesthetic and reconstructive medicine. Reddy is now taking on a new role as Medical Director of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, where he is tasked with helping to move science and medicine from concept into practice.
Helen Montag, Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships
Helen Montag is Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. Her team sources, shapes and manages partnerships across all industries to support Hopkins faculty through sponsored-research funding. The team has been involved in numerous deals, including life science deals with AbbVie, Bayer, Celgene and Medimmune, imaging agreements with Canon Medical and Toshiba as well as collaborations around biomedical engineering, speech and language and health care delivery. The team manage relationships with approximately two dozen different industry partners
Helen previously served as Director of Corporate Relations at The Johns Hopkins University. She also helped create and grow the Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology Development as well as other programs that train faculty in entrepreneurship.
Helen has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s in public health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she did doctoral work as well. She also attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Elizabeth Burger, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives
Liz Burger serves as Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. In this role, she ensures that JHTV’s resources are deployed effectively to enhance commercialization and innovation activities across the university and in the region.
Prior to joining JHTV, Liz served as Executive Director/President of Evergreen Health Care, a post-Affordable Care Act health services startup organization. Liz also worked in a business consulting capacity at L.E.K. Consulting, where she conducted investment diligence analyses and provided strategic insights to companies in the retail and consumer products, life sciences, industrials and aviation industries. Liz is passionate about the role that all sectors can play in driving social change and has consulted on projects related to nonprofit fundraising, social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility.
Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an M.P.A. from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Brian Stansky, Senior Director, FastForward
Brian Stansky leads FastForward, Johns Hopkins’ coordinated suite of resources that moves technologies from startup to marketplace and currently supports more than 100 commercial startups. As part of FastForward, Brian also oversees FastForward U, which works with Hopkins student entrepreneurs, and the Social Innovation Lab, which works with social entrepreneurs at Hopkins and in the Baltimore region. Brian served as a FastForward Mentor-in-Residence prior to joining the JHTV staff.
Brian came to Johns Hopkins from Integral Capital Partners, where he was a managing director investing in late-stage venture and public equity securities of companies in the life sciences industries. Brian previously worked at ABACUS Investments LLC, a hedge fund specializing in the technology, media and telecommunications industries, as well as at T. Rowe Price in various research and portfolio management positions, including portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Media & Telecommunications and Health Sciences funds.
Brian graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boston College and a master’s in finance and applied economics from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is a CFA charterholder.