Meet the Staff


Rebecca Menapace

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Associate Provost for Innovation

Executive Director of the Office of Technology Licensing

Rebecca Menapace, MBA, CLP is the Associate Provost for Innovation and the Executive Director of the Office of Technology Licensing at Brandeis University.  She is responsible for advancing the university’s academic mission of research excellence by pursuing strategic industry partnerships in a highly competitive business and academic environment.  She actively supports science faculty, undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in commercializing their discoveries for the public benefit, and provides leadership and management for all of Brandeis’s intellectual property through the Office of Technology Licensing.

Prior to Brandeis, Rebecca spent 12 years with Partners Healthcare as the Director of Research Ventures and Licensing, leading all intellectual property, licensing and start-up development for Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has also worked in corporate development, product management, applications engineering and research for a number of Boston-area biotechnology companies.

Rebecca is a registered Patent Agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is a named inventor on two U.S. patents.  She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from the Northeastern University High Tech MBA Program and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a concentration in Chemistry from SUNY College at Oswego.


Melissa Blackman, Ph.D. '12

Licensing Associate

Blackman earned a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University. Contact for material tranfer and non-disclosure agreements.


Diane Walsh

Assistant to Rebecca Menapace