Membership & Alliances Chair Elect (1 of 2)
Organization: Tulane University
- Title: Chief Business Officer, School of Medicine
- Membership Years: 3 - 4 years
- Committees: 2
- Board Experience: None
- Mid-Winters Attended: 1
James Zanewicz (’95, Tulane Law) returned to Tulane in 2015 after establishing the open science functions for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus. He serves as the principal business development strategist and engagement officer to industry, venture capital and other external collaborators. James' career includes over 20 years in the private & academic sectors, including: Rhone-Poulenc/Rhorer, CompuServe, Warner Bros., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the University of Louisville.
His experience includes serving on the Boards of the BioJudiciary Project and AUTM; and he currently chairs the Board for ATTP – the international knowledge and technology transfer standards/accreditation organization.
The business of the academic-corporate relationships has changed, and evolution of the corporate relations profession – and NACRO - will position the profession to remain vibrant and relevant in this new order. The world has evolved, the expectations for the role corporate relations professionals have expanded along with it, and we as a profession and organization must continue to adapt if we are to continue to thrive in this new environment.
With a newly diverse membership that finally encompasses the full spectrum our ecosystem (and collaboration with all of our sister-organization colleagues), the Board will need to continue to look past silos and ensure everyone is working together with a shared vision of enhancing our productivity and communicating our successes -- thereby elevating the stature of the profession. I would consider it a privilege to leverage the knowledge learned in my board experience at other prganizations,and apply it to NACRO to best ensure a strategic organizational path forward. NACRO’s principle role should be to remove barriers, open doors and to inspire everyone affiliated with the profession to work with a passion to contribute to something greater than themselves.
Significant NACRO Contribution
Co-Chaired the AUTM-NACRO committee to ensure an optimal collaborative relationship was developed.