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Darlene Homonko - Director
ext. 6380
homonko@lunenfeld.ca

Dr. Homonko has over 20 years experience in life sciences commercialization with specific experience in early stage company formation. Prior to joining Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Homonko was Director of Business Development at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland Ontario. A natural at engaging people and developing partnerships, she spearheaded the formation of a vibrant bioscience cluster in Hamilton, Halton and Niagara as the Executive Director of the Golden Horseshoe Bioscience Network (GHBN) for five years. Managing a multi-stakeholder contribution of just under 2 million dollars, she and her team created new programs and connections that continue to impact the region. With her expertise and guidance, the network was instrumental in helping companies grow and access the knowledge and financial resources they needed to be successful and competitive.

Dr. Homonko began her career as a key member of an investment team that managed a US$20 million early stage Canadian Biomedical Venture Fund. During her tenure at Milestone Medica Corporation’s (MMC) she was seconded to the post of Director of Operations and Business Development for one of MMC’s companies – Molecular Templates Inc. (MTI), that was developing anti-cancer therapeutics from bacterial proteins. Following MTI, Dr. Homonko held a senior management post as an Industry Liaison Officer at the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation where she focused on identifying new spin-out opportunities in the life science and convergent medical technologies sector. 

In possession of a strong background in intellectual property management, technology evaluation and analyzing corporate research and development in commercial alliances for sound business practice, Dr. Homonko holds a Ph.D., Neuroscience from the University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Sciences; a M.Sc., Kinesiology from Dalhousie University; and a B.Sc., Physical Education, Health, General Science from the University of Rhode Island.

 

 - Contracts Coordinator 
ext. --
homonko@lunenfeld.ca

 

Linda Kurdydyk - Patent Counsel
ext. 3235
kurdydyk@lunenfeld.ca

Linda has been retained on a part-time basis as Patent Counsel for Mount Sinai Hospital and the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. Ms Kurdydyk also acts as patent counsel to a local drug discovery company, Transition Therapeutics. Linda has previously been a partner in major intellectual property law firms. As in-house patent counsel for the Office of Technology Transfer & Industrial Liaison she has responsibility for evaluating, and protecting discoveries with commercial applications and providing legal advice and business guidance on a variety of issues arising out of the activities of the Office of Technology Transfer & Industrial Liaison.

Ms Kurdydyk has an MSc in Microbiology from the University of Manitoba, is a registered Canadian and US Patent Agent and has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting biomedical patents for a spectrum of corporate and academic clients as well as drafting and negotiating license, research and consulting agreements. 

 

Leanne Tran - Manager, Research Counsel 
ext. 8444 
letran@lunenfeld.ca

Dr. Leanne Tran (JD, MD) is a health lawyer with over twenty years combined experience in the health and legal sectors. Prior to joining Sinai Health System, Dr. Tran worked at a global law firm, a health law boutique, a medical device company, and in-house at two Toronto teaching and research hospitals and at a Canadian financial institution in the Intellectual Property Group, General Counsel’s Department. She is also Principal at JD MD Solutions, offering services at the interface of law, medicine, science, and research. At JD MD Solutions, Dr. Tran was counsel, consultant, and advisor to health sector clients, clinician researcher entrepreneurs, and medical malpractice/personal injury/product liability/class action law firms. She not only has expertise in contracting, regulatory, commercialization, data security and privacy matters, but also has experience in medical and scientific due diligence, governance, systems review, process improvement, policy, quality assurance and risk management.

Dr. Tran sits on several boards of non-profit health care organizations and was on the Editorial Board of and a peer reviewer for the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). She has taught courses and workshops at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals. Dr. Tran has also conducted clinical research and quality improvement projects at several academic hospitals and at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Johnson Space Center, and Wyle Laboratories. She has received research grant funding from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA).

Dr. Tran has written and spoken extensively on medical and legal matters in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has published numerous papers and a book titled “Canadian Health Information: A Practical Legal and Risk Management Guide”. Dr. Tran is currently writing several other medical-legal books to be published in 2021-2024.

 

Deborah Atchison - Senior Contract Reviewer 
ext. 3117
datchison@lunenfeld.ca

Dr. Atchison has several years of experience in health care (specializing in paediatric and adult ICU nursing in Canada and the US), clinical trials (interventional cardiology) and basic research (in vitro and in vivo). Prior to joining Mount Sinai Hospital in June 2020 as a Senior Contract Reviewer, Dr. Atchison was a Clinical Trials Agreement Specialist at the University Health Network, Toronto for over ten years.

Dr. Atchison holds a Ph.D., Physiology from the University of Toronto; a M.Sc., Physiology from University of Toronto; and a B.S., Biological Sciences from Johns Hopkins University; Certificate in Clinical Research from the Boston University; Certificate in Nursing Management from McMaster University, Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing from Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Registered Nurse Diploma from St. Boniface General Hospital, Winnipeg.  She is enrolled currently in the LLB programme at the University of London.

 

Orna Wainstock - Research Counsel
ext. --
owainstock@lunenfeld.ca 
 
 
Inshan Hosein - Contract Reviewer
ihosein@lunenfeld.ca
 
Inshan is well experienced in reviewing, drafting and negotiating a wide range of contracts for healthcare institutions in Toronto, and is also experienced in Quality Improvement within the research integrity settings.
Inshan obtained his LL.B. from the University of London and has practised law for over 10 years in another jurisdiction. Inshan is also a Certified Quality Improvement Associate by the American Society for Quality. 
 
 
Michael Hanna - Sr. Business Development Officer
ext. 4752
hanna@lunenfeld.ca

Michael brings to the OTTIL over 18 years experience in the technology transfer space, three of which were spent on the industry side in his role as Technology Transfer Administrator for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Tarrytown, New York). He has a B.Sc. (honours) in Biology from the University of Waterloo and a M.Sc. In molecular microbiology from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry. Michael is responsible for a variety of business -related matters including review and negotiation of industry-sponsored research agreements, evaluating invention disclosures and other opportunities, marketing, license negotiation and start-up creation.