Foundation for Research Development Staff

 

Michael RusnakMichael Rusnak – Executive Director

Michael Rusnak is the Executive Director for the MUSC Foundation for Research Development. He has over 25 years of life science business experience holding positions from chief business officer to marketing manager for both biotechnology and large life science corporations. Prior to MUSC, Rusnak held the position of Director of New Ventures and Technology Development within the technology transfer office of at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In his six year tenure at Rochester he led the office in life science licensing and managed the University’s Technology Development Fund and the award process. Previous to Rochester, he was an entrepreneur-in-residence with BCM Technologies, Inc. the venture subsidiary of Baylor College of Medicine where he was involved in starting and incubating more than five spinout companies from the medical school. He has held senior positions in biotech business development with Ceros, CombiChem and Lexicon Genetics where he has been involved with over 100 million dollars of partnering activity. Prior to Lexicon he has held various positions in marketing, sales, and project management with Baxter, Bayer, and Cetus. Rusnak received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Science from San Francisco State University and has a B.S. in Microbiology from St. Bonaventure University.

Michael Rusnak can be reached at 843-876-1900 or rusnak@musc.edu.

Scott Davis, Ph.D.Scott Davis, Ph.D. – Associate Director, Licensing

Scott Davis, Ph.D., is the Associate Licensing Director for the MUSC Foundation for Research Development. In this role, he evaluates MUSC inventions for commercial potential, manages protection of intellectual property (IP), markets technologies to prospective licensees, negotiates IP agreements, and assists faculty in commercializing inventions.

Prior to joining the FRD, Davis served as a Licensing Associate at Oklahoma State University (OSU) from 2014 through 2016, where he was responsible for the IP management, marketing, technology development and licensing of life science technologies. Prior to his work at OSU, he served as a Licensing Assistant at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), where he assisted Licensing Officers in evaluating and commercializing biomedical technologies. During his time at UT, he passed the Patent Bar to become a Registered Patent Agent. Davis also holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation work focused on utilizing multiple genetic manipulation strategies to uncover the molecular basis for ethanol action on the large conductance potassium (BK) channel.

Scott Davis can be reached at 843-876-1340 or davissco@musc.edu.  

Troy Huth, JD, Ph.D.

Troy Huth, JD, Ph.D. – Senior Licensing Manager

Troy Huth is a Senior Licensing Manager for the MUSC Foundation for Research Development. Troy evaluates MUSC inventions for intellectual property and commercial potential, manages prosecution and maintenance of intellectual property (IP), markets technologies to prospective licensees, negotiates IP agreements, counsels faculty on startup companies, and aids in identifying potential collaborations and funding sources; all to assist students, faculty and researchers at MUSC in commercializing inventions.

Prior to joining FRD, Huth served as a licensing manager at the University of South Florida from 2015 through 2018 where he managed university IP; marketed technologies; negotiated licenses for a range of technologies including: pharmaceuticals, medical devices, nutraceuticals, and other life science technologies; and aided faculty and researchers in startup formation. Huth also previously served as a project attorney at Alston & Bird, LLP where he participated in intellectual property litigations and counseled clients on intellectual property issues.

Huth is a U.S. Registered Patent Attorney and is licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina. He holds a J.D. from the Charlotte School of Law, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of South Carolina. His research at USC was focused on computational biology and molecular genomics.

Troy can be reached at 843-792-6752 or huth@musc.edu.

Chelsea Ex-LubeskieChelsea Ex-Lubeskie, MS – Business Development Manager

Chelsea Ex-Lubeskie is the Business Development Manager at the MUSC Foundation for Research Development. In this role she manages the SBIR/STTR granting program for MUSC faculty startups, and is a resource to MUSC startups for business plans, pitch decks, and strategic planning assistance. She also evaluates a portion of MUSC medical device inventions for commercial potential, manages protection of intellectual property (IP), markets technologies to prospective licensees, and negotiates options and license agreements. Ex-Lubeskie is also the Associate Program Director of the SCTR Therapeutics Translational Core which provides technology maturation funds, and is a member of the MUSC Innovation Oversight Committee as well as the Innovation and Industry Council of SCBIO.

Ex-Lubeskie holds a master’s degree in Bioengineering from Clemson University, with a concentration in biomechanics. Her thesis work focused on analyzing the 3D-Xsens motion tracking system for neuromuscular disorders and rehabilitation outcomes. As an undergraduate at Clemson, she participated in a co-op rotation at Baxter Healthcare in Quality Assurance and played on the club volleyball team. In graduate school, Ex-Lubeskie worked as a Technology & Market Analyst at the Clemson University Research Foundation.

She joined the FRD team in 2013, and is a former entrepreneur as a co-founder of Tarian Orthotics, LLC.

Chelsea Ex-Lubeskie can be reached at 843-876-2412 or exlubesk@musc.edu.

Shan Selvam, Ph.D.Shan Selvam, Ph.D. – Technology Transfer Associate

Shanmugam “Shan” P. Selvam is a Technology Transfer Associate for the MUSC Foundation for Research Development. In this role, Selvam evaluates various aspects of technology commercialization, including evaluation of technologies for patentability, licensing and targeted marketing.

Prior to joining FRD, Selvam was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) from 2013-2017 focusing on lipid signaling and molecular biology of lung cancer. Before his post-doctoral training, Selvam graduated with a Ph.D. from MUSC in 2013 and his dissertation work focused on the role of sphingolipid Sphingosine 1-phosphate in regulating Telomerase in Cancer and Aging. He also worked as a research officer at Shasun Pharma in India for 5 years focusing on recombinant therapeutic proteins prior to his graduate school at MUSC.

Shan Selvam can be reached at 843-792-0852 or panneers@musc.edu.

Casey CharboneauCasey Charboneau, JD, MBA – Technology Transfer Attorney

Casey Charboneau is a Technology Transfer Attorney for the MUSC Foundation for Research Development. In this role, she evaluates MUSC inventions for intellectual property and commercial potential, drafts and negotiates intellectual property agreements, advises faculty on intellectual property protection and industry relationships, works with MUSC counsel on wide-ranging legal matters implicating the organization, and serves as compliance officer.

Prior to joining the FRD, Casey served as a legal extern in the Office of the General Counsel at MUSC where she supported counsel for the MUSC enterprise through legal research, writing, and analysis on legal topics relating to various aspects of university, research, and hospital operations. Charboneau also previously served as a legal extern for General Counsel of St. John Health System, a private health system in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Casey is a U.S. Registered Patent Attorney and licensed to practice law in the State of South Carolina. She holds a J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law, an MBA from the University of Tulsa, and a BS in Bioengineering from Syracuse University.

Casey can be reached at 843-792-0434 or edwardsr@musc.edu.

Pamela Hood KaufmanPamela Kaufman – Senior Intellectual Property Manager

Pamela Hood Kaufman is the senior intellectual property manager at the MUSC Foundation for Research Development. A native from Texas, she has called Charleston home since 2010. Kaufman has more than 30 years of paralegal experience supporting lawyers in varying law practices. The patenting process and all areas related to the support of technology has always been her primary professional focus. Kaufman’s background includes managing Intellectual Property portfolios in a premier boutique law firm as well as a large multi-national corporation.

Following her emphasis in mathematics at the University of Houston, Kaufman obtained her paralegal certification from Southwestern Paralegal Institute in Houston - one of the first ABA approved paralegal certification programs in the U.S. She is currently a member of the Charleston Association of Legal Assistants.

Pamela Kaufman can be reached at 843-876-1012 or kaufmanp@musc.edu.

Deanne Lucas, CPADeanne Lucas – Chief Financial Officer

Deanne Lucas, CPA is the CFO for the MUSC Foundation for Research Development. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of Charleston.

A native of Charleston, Lucas served as a longstanding CFO of a local independent school where she managed its financial, accounting and human resources functions. She was instrumental in managing the growth of the company’s financial operations, including the school’s first bond issue of $20 million.

Lucas was an ex-officio staff member of the school’s board of trustees and several board committees.

Deanne Lucas can be reached at 843-876-1902 or lucase@musc.edu.

Brooke TrevinoBrooke Trevino – Executive Assistant to Michael Rusnak, Executive Director

Brooke Trevino can be reached at 843-876-1900 or trevinob@musc.edu.