Who We Are

Patents and Licensing Group


Connie Caron, MBA, Patent Agent

Licensing Manager
(617) 919-3012

Connie joined TIDO at Boston Children’s Hospital in December 2009. She evaluates, markets and negotiates agreements to commercialize inventions and technologies created by researchers and clinicians in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Nephrology, Molecular Medicine, Laboratory Medicine, Pathology, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and General Pediatrics.

Prior to joining Boston Children’s, Connie worked at Partners HealthCare in the office of Research Ventures and Licensing where she managed a large caseload that included technologies developed by researchers in the Neurology and Nephrology departments at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Connie is a registered patent agent and has three years’ experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications at a genomics company. Connie earned an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Boston University.

Ryan Dietz, J.D.

Licensing Manager
(617) 919-3048

Ryan joined Technology & Innovation Development Office at Boston Children's in 2012 and is responsible for managing the intellectual property and agreement transactions for the Programs in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and the Vascular Biology Program. Prior to joining TIDO, Ryan was the Director of the Office of Technology Development for the Immune Disease Institute, Inc., which became the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine through a merger with Boston Children’s Hospital.

Ryan has more than 10 years of experience in multiple facets of technology development, collaboration building and company formation. While at IDI, Ryan oversaw all aspects of technology management and licensing within a productive and highly regarded research organization. He established a five year discovery alliance with a multi-national pharma partner serving as architect, negotiator and alliance manager. Ryan has also supported several start-up company formations by producing business models and supporting the founders of several well-known start-up companies.

Ryan has a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and was a founder and managing editor of the Journal of High Technology Law.

Abbie Meyer, Ph.D.

Licensing Manager
(617) 919-3011

Abbie joined TIDO of Boston Children's Hospital in July 2005. Currently, her cases include technologies in the fields of immunology, infectious disease and vaccines, ophthalmology, gastroenterology and stem cells. Prior to joining Boston Children's Hospital, she studied immune mechanisms of Lyme disease and Lyme vaccines at Tufts University School of Medicine where she was an inventor on a patent for a Lyme vaccine. Abbie earned her Ph.D. degree from the Ohio State University where she studied immune tolerance and autoimmunity.

Alan Yen, Ph.D.

Senior Manager, Licensing and Business Development
(617) 919-3025

Alan joined TIDO of Boston Children's Hospital in 2010 and is responsible for managing and licensing technologies from the Informatics Program, Developmental Medicine, Ophthalmology, and Newborn Medicine. Prior to joining Boston Children's, Alan worked at the Center for Commercialization at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle for over four years, where he managed life science projects in genomics and proteomics, cardiovascular and brain imaging, computational protein and vaccine design, cardiology, pharmocogenetics and hospital information technology.

Prior to the UW, Alan was a scientist and director of business development at LifeSpan Biosciences, a company providing antibody reagents and molecular pathology services to the bio-pharma industry. Alan has a B.S. from the University of California, Davis, a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and completed his postdoctoral research in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

Aida Herrera, Ph.D.

Licensing Manager
(617) 919-3015

Aida joined the Technology & Innovation Development Office at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2016. She is responsible for managing intellectual property and commercializing technologies arising from the departments of Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Dentistry, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/Nutrition, Nursing/Patient Care Operations, Plastic & Oral Surgery and Psychiatry.

Prior to joining TIDO, Aida worked for over 5 years in business development and licensing at the Schepens Eye Research Institute/Massachusetts Eye and Ear, managing projects in ophthalmology and otolaryngology. Earlier in her career, she worked as a technology specialist focused on patent prosecution in the biotechnological, chemical, and mechanical arts. Aida holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Chicago, a PhD in Chemistry from Tufts University and completed her postdoctoral research work in the Biological Engineering Division at M.I.T.

Rajinder S. Khunkhun, J.D., Patent Attorney

Licensing Manager
(617) 919-3567

Rajinder joined TIDO of Boston Children's Hospital in 2010. His responsibilities involve assessing the patentability of potential hospital inventions and patent application drafting. Additionally, Rajinder works closely with hospital investigators and the licensing group in liaising with outside patent counsel.

Rajinder holds a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and a B.A. from Colby College in Biology and Philosophy with a minor in Chemistry. Rajinder is a member of the Washington State and Massachusetts Bars and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to attending law school, Rajinder worked for several years in the field of HIV vaccine research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Contracts and Intellectual Property

Christopher Geehan, J.D.

Associate Director of Contracts
(617) 919-3023

Chris joined TIDO of Boston Children's Hospital in 2007. He brings his research knowledge, experience in science and contracting, and background in law to TIDO. In his role, Chris drafts, reviews and negotiates various agreements related to the intellectual property of Boston Children’s Hospital such as confidentiality, collaboration, sponsored research, non-exclusive and exclusive licenses, and memorandum of understanding. Chris also manages a team of three intellectual property and contract specialists.

Before joining TIDO, Chris worked in a transplant immunology research laboratory at Boston Children's Hospital studying the role of endothelial / T-cell interactions in allograft rejection and later the role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in allograft rejection. Chris earned his Juris Doctor degree at the Massachusetts School of Law and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Greg Pivarnik, J.D.

Senior Contracts Specialist
(617) 919-6175

Greg joined TIDO of Boston Children’s Hospital in 2015. He brings his scientific research experience and legal background to TIDO. In his role, Greg drafts and negotiates confidential disclosure, sponsored research, collaboration, and material transfer agreements, and negotiates licenses to Boston Children's intellectual property.

Prior to joining TIDO, Greg worked in a hematopoietic stem cell lab at Boston Children’s Hospital under Dr. Leslie Silberstein studying the mouse bone marrow microenvironment and helped to validate a novel imaging technology known as laser scanning cytometry. Greg holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut. Greg is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Stanley Tabi, J.D.

Patent Coordinator
(617) 919-3013

Stanley joined TIDO of Boston Children's Hospital in 2008. His expertise includes patentability and prior art searches, patent prosecution, development and management of IP portfolios, creation of patent strategies and contract drafting. In his role, Stanley is responsible for managing patents, implementing processes and procedures for the review of patent portfolios for patentability, status, strategy and costs. He is also responsible for negotiating and drafting all Confidential Disclosure Agreements.

Prior to joining Boston Children's, Stanley worked for Lahive and Cockfield, LLP and the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. in Boston, MA. Stanley graduated from Suffolk University Law School with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law and holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Karen Lai

Contracts Specialist
(617) 919-3010

Karen joined TIDO of Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) in early 2013. In her role, she serves as a specialized resource that assists office staff with drafting and negotiating material transfer agreements in support of basic research efforts at BCH.

Prior to joining TIDO, Karen was Research Assistant to Dr. Kenneth C. Hayes at the Brandeis University Foster Biomedical Research Labs, and holds her B.S. in Health: Science, Society, and Policy from Brandeis University as well. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Karen interned at the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) where she researched and reported information on current events relevant to the Massachusetts life sciences industry, and helped maintain the MLSC’s networking database. Prior to the MLSC, Karen also interned for a year at the Office of Health Equity in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she compiled data and reported key trends on the utilization of language and interpreter services at Massachusetts acute care hospitals.

James Puddington, J.D.

Contracts Specialist
(617) 919-4489

James joined TIDO of Boston Children’s Hospital in 2015. In his role, James drafts and negotiates confidential disclosure, sponsored research, collaboration, and material transfer agreements, as well as intellectual property licenses.

Before joining TIDO, James worked as a legal intern at the City of Waltham law department, and as a summer associate at a law firm in Maine. Prior to beginning law school, he worked as an operations analyst for a mattress and sleep products manufacturing company. James holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.S. in Management from Rutgers University. James is admitted to practice law in New York.

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