Vinit Nijhawan

Vinit Nijhawan

Managing DirectorVINIT NIJHAWAN
(617) 353-0606 • vinit@bu.edubutton-linkedin

Vinit Nijhawan is Managing Director, Office of Technology Development, and Executive-in-Residence at ITEC (Institute of Technology, Entrepreneurship & Commercialization) at Boston University. Vinit also teaches MBA courses on Entrepreneurship at BU, over 225 students have taken his courses. Vinit has over 30 years experience building five startups: as CEO of three, five were acquired. Vinit was Venture Partner at Key Venture Partners and over two years sourced over 200 deals and made one investment that was acquired for $430M. Vinit is an advisor and board member to several technology startups and was a Mass High Tech All-Star in 2005. Vinit has participated in over 150 panel discussions and paper presentations, and is a Board Member of Mass Ventures, an early stage, quasi-public Massachusetts venture capital firm and a co-founder of EdTech Accelerator LearnLaunchX. Vinit earned a B.A.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.


Renuka Babu, MBA.renuka

Executive Director,  New Ventures
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Most recently, Ms. Babu acted as the Head of Finance and Business Development at Medicine In Need (MEND), a start-up biotechnology company funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The company is focused on utilizing advanced technology for the delivery of drugs and vaccines to the developing world. Ms. Babu led the group in a successful IND filing for an inhaled drug used in the treatment of MDR-TB and also engaged MEND in a number of successful partnerships. Prior to MEND, Ms. Babu worked in the Business Development group at ArQule, a publicly traded biotechnology company, where she was part of the negotiation team that licensed out the Asian rights to a Phase 1 compound in a deal valued at over $150MM. Ms. Babu started her career as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan where she developed expertise in the public markets and corporate finance while focusing on debt securitizations, IPOs and mergers & acquisitions.

Ms. Babu holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, where she was a finalist in the New Venture Business Plan competition, and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College where she was a recipient of a Howard Hughes Research Fellowship in Reproductive Biology .

Beverly Brown

Director of Development
(617) 414-1453 • babrown@bu.edu09_1354_BROWN_0591-422x636button-linkedin

Beverly A. Brown, PhD, Director of Development for the Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD), holds a PhD in biochemistry from University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, an MA in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in medical technology from Incarnate University in San Antonio, Texas. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. She joined the Boston University (BU) in 2010 to lead the effort to diversify the funding for programs, people, and projects. She is primarily focused on diversifying funding for global health initiatives, life science research and development. She spent the first 30 years of her career in medical device, life science tool, and medical diagnostic research and development at Boston-area biotechnology companies doing work on three continents. She has over 30 peer-reviewed publications and one issued patent. Prior to joining the BU, she was the Chief Development Officer for the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) for six years, creating their program to seek nongovernmental funding which raised over $10 million to launch new programs, create fellowships, and support research. Her affiliation with Boston University began in 2005 when her husband, Robert A. Brown, PhD, became the tenth University President. She remains active at BU as the Honorary President of the Women’s Guild, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Marsh Chapel, the GWISE and the BioScience Academy Boards as well as participates in WISE, WISE-UP and WISE @Warren programs.  In addition to her BU activities, she serves on the Boards of Directors of the Home for Little Wanderers, The Boston Club and on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Medical Simulation