Steven Kuemmerle, Ph.D., is Executive VP of Operations for AirAnswers, Inc., a company devoted to diagnosing indoor air quality. Prior to joining AirAnswers, Steve was Associate VP for Innovation and Industry Relations at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and was focused on establishing RFUMS’ new Innovation and Research Park and Helix 51 Incubator, developing industry research collaborations, and commercializing RFU’s IP portfolio.
Steve came to RFUMS from the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation where he was Senior Director, Industry Relations. He joined the University of Chicago in 2013 in a leadership role to manage technology licensing and commercialization.
Steve has over three decades of healthcare industry experience. As Head of Venture Investments, Abbott Biotech Ventures, Inc., he led the evaluation and execution of equity investments in emerging pharma companies. Before that, Steve served as a director in Abbott’s Global Pharma Licensing Group. Steve first joined Abbott in 1987, where he managed various diagnostic R&D units before moving to the Pharmaceutical Division in 1997.
Steve received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Northwestern University. He serves as an advisor and member on various healthcare non-profit and start-up company boards and is Past-Chair of the Life Sciences Executive Committee for the Licensing Executive Society. Steve is a licensed airplane pilot, and enjoys the arts, hiking, and sailing.