Executive Staff

Julia Barnes-Weise

Executive Director

Consultant and lecturer to the Duke Law School Access to Medicines course; Board Member, Medical University of South Carolina Foundation for Research and Development, WHO Consultant, Mentor and resident instigator.

Formerly Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Director of the Sanford Innovation, Technology Policy project.

Julia Barnes-Weise (J.D., CLP) is a lawyer, scholar, entrepreneur and Certified Licensing Professional.  Barnes-Weise is a former Director of Business Development at Glaxo Wellcome (now GSK) and has consulted for BioMatch, LLC for many years. She has decades of experience negotiating IP licenses, alliance agreements and advising companies and institutions on partnering strategies.

Loren Becker

Acting Head, Policy and Communications

Loren Becker has nearly 15 years of experience helping global health organizations build and manage partnerships, strategies, and programs to ensure that vulnerable communities have access to life-saving innovation. She has worked with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, PATH, and a broad network of product development stakeholders to address technical, logistical, and market-based issues affecting development of and access to health technologies. Loren has a Master's degree in public policy from Duke University.

Bridie Telford

Grants and Finance Manager

Bridie Telford is a chartered accountant with experience working in grants management, contract compliance audits and third-party risk management. Bridie spent ten years at KPMG working with a variety of clients to help them manage financial rights and obligations in licensing, vendor and alliance agreements. She has also worked as a contracts manager at the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations where she was responsible for negotiating award budgets, reviewing awardee expenditure and monitoring compliance with awardee financial reporting requirements.

Board Members

Chris Woods

Dr. Woods is the Co-Director of the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health. He is a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pathology at Duke; an adjunct professor in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health; an adjunct professor in the Emerging Infections Program at the Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School. Clinically, he serves as Chief of Infectious Diseases and clinical microbiology, and hospital epidemiologist for the Durham VA Medical Center. Dr. Woods is board-certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and medical microbiology.

Mark Crowell

Mark Crowell is principal consultant with Academy Innovation Advisors (AIA).  AIA provides strategic planning and program development advice and consulting services in the areas of innovation, engagement, entrepreneurship and translational research to universities, boards, regional and national governing and development authorities, and private industry.  Most recently, Mark was the Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. 

Beibei Sun

Beibei is a corporate associate at Ropes & Gray LLP, with a focus of her practices on intellectual property transactions and life sciences industry. Beibei holds a J.D. from Duke University School of Law. Before Duke, she got both her LLB and LLM in IP Law from China. She was an active member of Creative Commons China Mainland. She also interned with the PCT Division of World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva Switzerland.

Ana Santos Rutschman

Ana Santos Rutschman is an Assistant Professor Of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law. Her primary research and teaching interests include intellectual property, health law, innovation policy and regulation in the life sciences. She recently consulted for the World Health Organization on the development of the Ebola and Zika vaccines.  Her academic writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the UCLA Law Review, Duke Law and Technology Review, the Yale Law Journal Forum, the Annals of Health Law, the Miami Business Law Review, and the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, among others. In 2017, she was named a Bio IP Scholar by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

Magali Poinot

Magali Poinot, JD is Advisor to the Executive Director at Innovative Medicines Initiative.  She is Responsible for providing strategic and specialist advice and confidential support to the Executive Director on the overall function and direction of the IMI Programme Office to ensure it delivers on IMI strategic objectives to Members, Associated Partners, advisory and ad hoc bodies and stakeholders etc. The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is Europe's largest public-private initiative aiming to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients.

Catherine Hennings

Catherine Hennings is the Director of Commercialization & Corporate Partnerships within the Vaccine Development Global Program at PATH. Ms. Hennings is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience working at the interface of research and commercialization within the life sciences industry. Throughout her career, she has focused on bringing the results of research to the public by fostering partnerships and creating pathways to commercialization. Her experience spans both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors and includes licensing and business development, structuring and negotiating research and development partnerships, and clinical development program strategy and implementation. Ms. Hennings has Master’s degrees in both science and business.

Katherine Anastasi-Frankovics

Katie has several years experience working in house for the Wellcome Trust in funding translational research. She has experience in drafting and negotiating a range of transactions for Wellcome – including funding a range of vaccines, drugs, diagnostics and devices, and most recently has been involved in the establishment of CARB-X (Combatting Anti-Microbial Resistant Bacteria Accelerator) and CEPI (the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations). Katie’s primary interests are in intellectual property transactions and access. She has experience advising on a range of governance, charitable and corporate matters.

Global Health Innovation Alliance Accelerator is a 501(c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS.

Special thanks to the Duke Law School Community Enterprise Clinic

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