Technology Commercialization Program

When ambitious students co-create with Yale faculty innovators, amazing things happen. The Technology Commercialization Program at Yale connects professional and graduate school students with patented faculty inventions at the cutting edge of science and technology to launch companies that are changing the healthcare, technology and sustainability industries. The TCP has spawned some of Yale’s most successful entrepreneurs and game-changing businesses. Check out our TCP Success Stories!

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*NOTE: Applications are closed for the 2013-2014 school year.*

2013 TCP Fellows

priscila balaPriscila Bala
Priscila Bala is a second year SOM student and '06 Yale graduate. Her professional background includes investment banking for Barclays, financial advising for Morgan Stanley and equities research sales analysis for Credit Suisse. In addition, Priscila is a native speaker of Portuguese who is fluent in Spanish and is a board member of the Dwight Hall at Yale.
Kristen BarnicoKristen Barnico
Kristen Barnico is a first year SOM student and an '09 graduate of Dartmouth. Her professional background includes work as a senior associate in clinical study at Allergan Medical, Inc. and as an associate medical engineer at Serica Technologies. She is skilled in FDA and International Organization for Standardization regulations and in material machining.
jordan carterJordan Carter
Jordan Carter is a first year SOM student who graduated from Yale in 2010 with a BS in engineering science. Jordan was a project engineer for Walz & Krezner, Inc. where he managed the design and supply of propulsion components for defense and industry and he is trained in Naval Sea Systems Command.
david emmermanDavid Emmerman
David Emmerman is a first year SOM student and '11 graduate of Amherst. He has a broad background in green energy and technology, including as am energy content deliverer for Akamai Technologies, Inc. and as a web developer for the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering. He is also an app developer and Fulbright Research Fellow who conducted energy policy work in Portugal. He's fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and knows basic Mandarin Chinese. 
david thomas johnsonDavid Thomas Johnson
David Thomas Johnson is a first year SOM student and a graduate of Beijing Normal University and University of Southern California. He has a professional background in business analysis, including as the director of analytics and user acquisition at Webs, Inc., where he was also a senior data analyst and business analyst. He is proficient in French and Mandarin.
sumit kadakiaSumit Kadakia
Sumit Kadakia is a first year SOM student who is also a candidate for a Master of Environmental Management. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Sumit has a professional background in both clean energy and investments and has served as an investment associate with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a strategy consultant for Emergent Ventures, and a business analyst for McKinsey and Company.
james linJames Lin
James Lin is a first year SOM student and an '07 graduate of the University of California Los Angeles where he received an MS in computer science and a BS in computer science and engineering. James was a senior engineer at Qualcomm, Inc. for six years, where he led the systems engineering team in delivering the data services and mobile connectivity release of Sprint’s Direct Connect. He's also the founder and editor of the San Diego-based food blog
chocku radhakrishnanChocku Radhakrishnan
Chocku Radhakrishnan is a first year SOM student and graduated from the University of Michigan in '04 with an MHSA and MPH and from the University of Florida in '01 with a BS in biochemistry and BA in anthropology. Chocku was the executive administrator in Critical Care Medicine for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the director of operations in Pediatric Surgery for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He was also an administrative fellow at the  Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital. Chocku also cofounded a nonprofit organization for children with cancer, S. Radhakrishnan Foundation and is a first degree black belt.
olivia zhaoOlivia Zhao
Olivia Zhao is a first year SOM student and graduated from UCLA in '05 with an MS in biomedical engineering and from UC Santa Barbara in '04 with a BS in computer science and BA in biological sciences. She was the senior remote care product engineer for St. Jude Medical, Inc., launching their remote care communications package in the US. She also served as St. Jude's clinical systems engineer. Olivia is a cardiac device specialist, a system engineering professional and is fluent in Chinese.