Ami Gadhia serves as a technology transfer and patenting specialist in the NCATS Office of Strategic Alliances, where she facilitates the collaborations of NCATS scientists. She manages an IP docket as well as drafts, negotiates, and executes various agreements. Ami served as the NIH Technology Development and Transfer Committee Vice Chair and Chair in 2018-19, respectively. Ami launched her technology transfer career at Johns Hopkins University, where she served in positions of increasing leadership for over 8 years. As a portfolio director for technology licensing there, she led a team and managed her own docket of technologies. Ami served as a liaison to groups across the university, including the School of Medicine’s Conflicts of Interest Committee. Prior to that, she worked for a law firm where she prosecuted patents and handled trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and IP litigation.
Ami earned her B.S. Chemical Engineering and her J.D., both with honors, from Wayne State University. At the same time, she held intern positions in the environmental engineering and IP departments of the Ford Motor Company. Ami also completed a master’s in IP law at the George Washington University Law School. During her post-graduate studies, she performed policy work at a D.C. think tank dedicated to promoting economic growth in developing countries through the establishment and enforcement of IP rights.
Ami has authored various articles and spoken at many industry conferences. She is a certified licensing professional, is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
If I were elected to the position, I’d contribute a unique perspective. I would bring experience from various sectors (private, academic, and NCATS/NIH). NCATS is the newest Center of the NIH, focusing on translation. With many collaborative projects with academia, industry, patient advocacy groups, foundations, et al., I could share novel approaches to engage from within a federal lab with those outside of our ecosystem. I’d also love to learn from the breadth of experience that my federal lab colleagues bring!