Executive Leadership Team Bios

Executive Leadership Team Bios




Christy Wyskiel


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 hub, and commercial partnerships for the University.


Christy is a seasoned entrepreneur, investor, and ecosystem builder with 20+ years of experience primarily focused on the life sciences and healthcare industries. Prior to her role at Johns Hopkins, Christy co-founded two Baltimore based startups and served as a formal and informal advisor to many others. Prior to that, Christy was a Managing Director at Maverick Capital, an investment fund with over $12 billion under management, where she had a long track record of successful healthcare investing in both public and private companies. She also served as a stock analyst at T. Rowe Price.


The Baltimore Business Journal named Christy as a “Tech 10” Award recipient in 2016 as well as one of the 10 “Faces to Watch” in 2015. In 2016, she was appointed by Governor Hogan to the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board, which assists in maintaining Maryland’s preeminence in the life sciences industry. Christy currently serves on the board of Teach for America – Baltimore and co-chairs Baltimore’s Next Generation Investing Event, an event she co-founded which has raised over $450,000 for three K-8 education initiatives in Baltimore City. In 2015, Christy served as a member of the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission, known as the “Augustine Commission.” In 2014, she was added to the Board of Trustees of the Abell Foundation and the Baltimore Development Corp. From 2012-2014, she served on the board of the Maryland State Retirement Plan (MSRP), which oversees $3 billion in defined contribution assets of state employees. She was part of Leadership Maryland’s 2016 Class.


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


Steven Kousouris, Interim Executive Director, Technology Transfer and Senior Director, Finance and Administration


Steve Kousouris is the Senior Director of Finance and Administration for JHTV. He manages all aspects of our financial relationships with licensees and within the university. In addition, he manages JHTV’s IT, human resources, licensee compliance and material transfer agreement departments. Steve joined JHTV in 2013. His prior experience was primarily in managed care, including senior management positions with health insurance, pharmacy benefit management and disease management companies.


Steve has an M.H.S. degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an M.B.A. from Loyola College in Baltimore.

Helen Montag


Helen Montag, Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships


Helen Montag is Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships at The Johns Hopkins University. She has been at Hopkins since 1999. Her team oversees large corporate collaborations.  They are also deeply involved in efforts to provide sponsored research and licensing opportunities for individual faculty. The team has been involved in numerous deals, including life science deals such as Medimmune and Bayer, imaging agreements with Toshiba, health care IT deals with Microsoft, and an agreement with an Israeli Health IT Accelerator called Luminox.


Helen also has been involved in developing the East Baltimore Hopkins Life Science Park and in recent efforts to develop the Fast Forward innovation hub (incubator). She helped develop the Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology Development program as well as other programs which train faculty in entrepreneurship. Helen received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College, attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, received a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and completed doctoral work there as well.

Elizabeth Burger


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


Brian Stansky, Senior Director, FastForward


Brian Stansky is the Senior Director of FastForward, Johns Hopkins’ accelerator for the advancement and commercialization of innovations. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Brian was a Managing Director at Integral Capital Partners where he invested in late-stage venture and public equity securities of companies in the life sciences industries. Prior to joining Integral, he was a partner at ABACUS Investments LLC, a hedge fund specializing in the technology, media and telecommunications industries and spent 10 years at T. Rowe Price Associates in various research and portfolio management positions, including portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Media & Telecommunications and Health Sciences funds. Brian also served as a FastForward Mentor-in-Residence prior to joining the JHTV staff.


Brian graduated, summa cum laude, with a B.S. degree in Accounting from Boston College and has an M.S. in Finance and Applied Economics from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T. He is a CFA Charterholder.


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