Catherine L. Ives, PhD

Senior Director, Business Development and Licensing
(617) 919-3027

Catherine is the Senior Director of Business Development and Licensing for the Technology & Innovation Development Office (TIDO) at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Catherine sees her job as providing leadership to licensing and contracts staff to put them in the best position to successfully commercialize Boston Children’s research and clinical discoveries. In addition to managing the licensing and contracts staff, she is responsible for developing policies and procedures, and working with TIDO and hospital leadership to develop and implement strategic initiatives for Boston Children’s.

After earning an undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech and a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she relocated to the Boston area for a post-doctoral position at New England Biolabs. Catherine then left the research bench and began a professional journey, weaving her policy interests with practical action and developing expertise at the intersection of science, business and law.

She was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Fellow in the Office of Congressman Edward J. Markey, followed by a stint as a AAAS Diplomacy Fellow and then a Biotechnology and Technology Transfer Specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development, overseeing international programs on agricultural biotechnology, research infrastructure and intellectual property laws. After her time in Washington D.C., she spent four-plus years at Michigan State University as the director of an international agricultural biotechnology project, leading an international consortium of eleven public and private sector collaborators in six countries to develop applied research projects and technology transfer in agricultural biotechnology.

As a trailing spouse, she then found herself back in the Boston area where she has built an eighteen-year career in the non-profit sector, focused on commercializing research innovation at Boston University, Boston College, MIT and now Boston Children’s. Throughout her professional career, she has focused on building relationships between public and private organizations to promote innovation and encourage company formation.

Catherine is excited to be part of the TIDO team at Boston Children’s Hospital.