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While our faculty and staff members represent a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and areas of interest, they’re all dedicated to a common goal—supporting the Duke community in changing the world through entrepreneurial action.

Andrew Lerner

Andrew Lerner

Program Director, Translational Programs

Andrew Lerner, Ph.D., is Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s Program Director, Translational Programs. He is responsible for developing and delivering programs that support faculty, researchers, and staff involved in innovation and technology transfer across the university, and he supports a broad range of technologies and subject areas as mentor and coach. In this role he connects innovators with resources and expertise needed to translate their innovations into successful enterprises and develops and implements processes to successfully execute and sustain programming. He administers the Duke Incubation Fund, a seed-stage award that invests about $250k annually in promising Duke innovations.

In other roles, he has supported university faculty, researchers, and staff involved in innovation and commercialization and led intellectual property activities for life science and biotechnology seed funding for early-stage technologies and ideas. Previously, as Innovation & Translation Fellow with the Eshelman Institute for Innovation at the UNC Eshleman School of Pharmacy, he supported over $25M in grants to innovative technologies and projects, including building strong relationships, evaluating investment opportunities, and connecting innovators with expertise and resources. Lerner has consulted for entrepreneurs and startups to develop intellectual property strategies most suitable for their business needs.

Lerner has worked with startups developing bispecific antibody therapeutics and testing entire communities for COVID-19, and was selected as Faculty Member with the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) NIH Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN), an effort to rapidly produce innovative SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests to make testing readily available to every American.

Prior to his scientific career, Lerner served in the United States Marines, during which time he received an A.A. in Russian from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, CA, held a top-secret security clearance as a signals intelligence analyst with the National Security Agency, and deployed overseas.

Lerner holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Biophysics from UNC Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in Chemistry from University of California at Berkeley. In his spare time, he enjoys advising entrepreneurs as a mentor through Veterati, a platform that connects mentors with Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses. He also enjoys sharing his love of off-road bicycling through organizations that get kids outside and on bicycles.

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