Join the Zucker Institute on April 17th for a special event celebrating innovation, sponsored by Riverside Law. We’ll announce various innovation award winners, recognize the prestigious National Academy of Inventors fellow & inductees, and present patent plaques. Refreshments will be provided.

Drug Discovery Building Lobby, 70 President St, Charleston, SC 29425 — 3:30PM

Drug Discovery Building Lobby- 70 President St, Charleston, SC 2942



About the Zucker Institute

The Zucker Institute for Innovation Commercialization at the Medical University of South Carolina plays a pivotal role in transforming medical innovations into real-world solutions. As a key part of the Office of Innovation, we focus on evaluating and leveraging the university’s intellectual property to create impactful medical products and services. We foster valuable industry partnerships and have successfully guided our inventors in securing over $774M in funding, while filing more than 2000 patents. Our mission is to bring groundbreaking medical advancements from concept to community.

Our Team

Meet the dedicated team behind the Zucker Institute for Innovation Commercialization. Our multidisciplinary team brings together a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion, all united by a common goal: to drive innovation from ideation to commercialization. Our collaborative efforts ensure that the innovative solutions developed here have the potential to make a lasting impact in the healthcare sector and beyond.
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Alia Akins
Executive Assistant


Casey Charboneau, JD, MBA
General Counsel, VP of Intellectual Property & Licensing


Kaitlyn Crobar, JD
Associate Director, Digital Health & Creative Works, Intellectual Property & Licensing Officer

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Joe Fiore, MBA
Vice President of Business Development and Operations

Pamela Kaufman

Pamela Kaufman
Senior Director Intellectual Property Administration

Joe Ruscito

Joe Ruscito
Vice President of Medical Technology

Nathan Dolloff

Nathan Dolloff, PhD


Lawrence Olanoff, MD, PhD
Executive in Residence


Todd Headley

The Zucker Institute to Date

We’re dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible through innovation.
Since our inception, we have tirelessly worked to bridge the gap between innovative ideas and market-ready solutions. Our efforts have led to the commercialization of over 2,000 innovations, with more than $4.22M given back to inventors, and an additional $6.45M channeled into MUSC Research. With 500+ patents issued, we continue to foster a culture of innovation, making a meaningful impact in the healthcare sector.


Innovations Supported


Given Back to Inventors


Patents Issued


Given to MUSC Research

Our Board of Directors

Terri Barnes

Ramin Eskandari, M.D.

Jesse Goodwin, PhD

Lori McMahon, PhD

At-Large Directors

James Chappell, PhD

W. Mark Crowell

Lisa N. Drakeman, PhD

Sherry Farrugia

William Himmelsbach

Our Partners

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Let’s work together to create a better future

Our journey is far from over. We invite you to join us in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible through innovation. Together, we can create a better future by transforming inventive ideas into real-world solutions that address today’s medical challenges. Contact us to explore collaborative opportunities and make a lasting impact.
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