Michael Scott Kinch

Chief Innovation Officer, Stony Brook University
Michael Scott Kinch


Ph.D., immunology, Duke University

Summary of Experience

Professor Kinch is a drug development expert specializing in cancer, immunological, and infectious diseases. His research focuses on combining cutting-edge science and entrepreneurship to improve public health. During his tenure at Washington University in St. Louis, Professor Kinch founded the Center for Research Innovation in Biotechnology (CRIB). At Long Island University (LIU), he directed CRIB, which uses tools such as the Clinical Drug Experience Knowledgebase (CDEK) to assess trends in drug discovery and development. Professor Kinch also co-founded the Center for Drug Discovery (CDD) to identify and underwrite the university’s most promising drug discovery projects. He has been issued more than a dozen US patents, published more than 100 patent applications, and written several books and book chapters on the commercialization of biopharmaceutical innovation, as well as other aspects of drug development. Professor Kinch has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, including Drug Discovery Today, Science, Cell Chemical Biology, and Biotechnology Law Report, and his research has been profiled in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CBS News, and The New York Times. Prior to his positions at LIU and Washington University, he was the managing director of the Yale Center for Molecular Discovery. Professor Kinch has also taught at Johns Hopkins University and Purdue University, and held senior scientific research positions at Functional Genetics and MedImmune. He has served on the board of the American Cancer Society and on scientific advisory boards for several biopharmaceutical companies.

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