Business Development

Ravi Kolla, Ph.D.

Director, Technology Development

Ravi received his Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). As part of his doctoral research, he studied B cell activation and signal transduction and developed methods to use the innate immune system to bolster the antibody response against infectious agents. He continued his postdoctoral studies at the UCSD Medical School in the Division of Rheumatology, where he conducted research studying antibodies and B cells with anti-inflammatory properties in rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Prior to joining Technology Development in 2015, Ravi served as a Senior Project Manager within the Division of Vaccine Discovery at the La Jolla Institute where he oversaw numerous, highly-matrix programs that focused on utilizing the T cell immune response to protect against infectious viruses, bacteria, and allergens. Prior to this role, Ravi was employed at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research as a Project Manager in Drug Discovery managing numerous cross-functional and geographically diverse small molecule and biologic drug development programs across immunology, oncology, infectious disease, and muscular-skeletal disease. Throughout his career, he has gained significant expertise in human immunology and disease.

In Technology Development, he provides scientific expertise to support development of new business initiatives and faculty research projects.

Colleen Barefield, PhD

Business Development Manager

Colleen serves as a liaison between Business Development and IP and Contracts in Technology Development, particularly supporting commercial collaborations. Before joining La Jolla Institute, Colleen trained in diverse fields of biomedical research and therapeutic development, and her expertise extends to genetics and molecular biology in the fields of allergy, neurological disease, metabolic disease, and oncology. Her experience in industry encompasses high-throughput assay development and screening, and pre-clinical drug development.

After receiving her B.A. in Biology from Grinnell College, she spent 2 years in a pediatric epidemiology research laboratory at Washington University School of Medicine. Colleen obtained her Ph.D. from University of California San Diego and performed her doctoral research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies where she studied chromosome end maintenance in the context of cancer and premature aging disorders. She then performed post-doctoral studies at the California Institute for Biomedical Research, a non-profit organization focused on translational research.

Intellectual Property & Contracts

Margaret (Ng Thow) Hing, J.D.

Director, Technology Development

Margaret (Ng Thow) Hing oversees all aspects of La Jolla Institute’s patent portfolio and technology agreements, and supports business development functions. In addition, she is active in drafting and prosecuting patent applications to issuance. Margaret works with scientific personnel on a daily basis to support their research activities by facilitating access to research tools and technologies, and ensuring intellectual property protection of research discoveries.

Prior to joining the Institute, Margaret was an attorney with Smart & Biggar, Fetherstonhaugh, a leading intellectual property and technology law firm. She advised clients on patent prosecution matters with a focus in the area of biotechnology. Margaret obtained a Master of Science in Molecular & Medical Genetics and J.D. from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Stephen C. Pappas, J.D.

Intellectual Property Manager

As the Intellectual Property Manager at La Jolla Institute, Stephen Pappas is responsible for the daily management of LJI’s patent portfolio. He drafts and prosecutes patent applications, and processes new invention disclosures. Stephen is also responsible for drafting and negotiating agreements for commercial sponsored research projects and collaborations with other academic institutes.

Stephen is a registered patent agent and licensed attorney in the State of California. Before joining the Institute, Stephen was an associate at a San Francisco Bay Area intellectual property law firm. Stephen obtained a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Purdue University and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Erin Randolph

Contract Specialist

Erin Randolph, as the Contract Specialist within Technology Development, is responsible for drafting and negotiating technology transfer agreements and manages the daily administrative operations of Technology Development. She has a background in contract review, communications, and operations.

Before joining LJI, Erin was an Executive Assistant at a major real estate firm and she previously handled marketing for the Bellagio (Las Vegas). Erin received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management at Western Michigan University.