James Zanewicz, JD, LLM, RTTP

Chief Business Officer and Instructor,
Department of Medicine,

Tulane University

James Zanewicz (’95, Tulane Law) returned to Tulane in 2015 after establishing the open science functions for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus. He was drawn back to Tulane from HHMI by the opportunity to tackle a career-defining opportunity: to apply all that he learned at HHMI Janelia and throughout his career to establish and grow the Research Business Development group for the institution (and in the city) that is closest to his heart. In his position of Chief Business Officer, he serves as the principal business development strategist and engagement officer to industry, venture capital and other external collaborators.

James has a B.S. in chemistry from Centre College, a J.D. from Tulane University Law School and an LLM in Intellectual Property and Media Policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also trained in Science Policy and Leadership from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he previously spent over 20 years in the private and academic sectors, including: Rhone-Poulenc/Rhorer, CompuServe, Warner Bros., the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the University of Louisville.

His service to the profession has included chairing the University/Corporate Discussion group for BIO; serving on the Boards of the BioJudiciary Project and AUTM; and currently chairing the Board for ATTP – the international knowledge and technology transfer standards/accreditation organization.