As Chief Innovation Officer, Vladimir Popov manages and coordinates Center for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships (CISP). The Center for Innovation facilitates the development of future strategic partnership and collaborations by fostering purpose-driven innovation and targeted outreach to the cancer research community. Through science and technology, business building, and IP & licensing programs, the CISP provides a comprehensive and centralized structure equipped to support internal innovation, provide education, identify, and execute partnerships, and increase efficiency in providing internal and external support.

His team develops and maintains relationships between the Frederick National Laboratory, the National Cancer Institute, client organizations, and local business communities in Maryland. CISP identifies strategic partnership opportunities capable of addressing important scientific questions and unmet medical needs, handles the evaluation and organization of the national laboratory’s IP portfolio, and actively engages in marketing and licensing efforts.

Prior to this role, Vladimir served as a director of the Partnership Development Office (PDO), overseeing partnership development and implementation processes, client relationships, and partnership projects.

Before joining the Frederick National Laboratory, Popov worked as a manager in the healthcare industry, entrepreneur, and licensing manager. He completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Thomas Jefferson University and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Ramapo College. Popov received his M.B.A. at Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School.

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