Past Tuesday Talks — Understanding the Industry & University Research Relationship

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Presented by Seema Kumar, CEO, Cure

On this week’s Tuesday Talk, Cure CEO, Seema Kumar sat down with Tony Boccanfuso, Ph.D., CEO of UIPD discussing how its organization helps foster collaboration and partnerships between industry and universities to optimize research outcomes. Plus, Tony provided advice on how institutions can strengthen their collaborative ties with external partners.

Tuesday Talks with Tony Boccanfuso, Ph.D., CEO of UIPD

When: Tuesday, September 26, 4:00 P.M
Where: Virtually on LinkedIn Live

Topic: A fireside chat to talk collaboration and partnerships between industry and universities, and more.

Speakers: Tony Boccanfuso, Ph.D., CEO of UIPD. Moderated by Seema Kumar, CEO of Cure

Featured Speakers

Tony Boccanfuso

About Tony Boccanfuso, Ph.D.

Mr. Boccanfuso is the President and CEO, UIDP since 2007. Anthony M. Boccanfuso has led UIDP (, a solutions-oriented membership organization comprised of top-tier innovation companies and world-class research universities. UIDP supports mutually beneficial collaborations by developing and disseminating strategies for addressing common issues between the sectors—academic, corporate and government—while helping its members achieve meaningful impact on a broad array of collaboration matters, ranging from contracting to commercialization and workforce development.

Seema Kumar

About Seema Kumar

Seema joined Cure Experience in 2022 as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Cure, Ms. Kumar spent nearly 20 years at Johnson & Johnson in senior leadership roles, including most recently as the Global Head, Office of Innovation, Global Health and Scientific Engagement, and served on J&J’s Innovation Strategy, Public health leadership and the COVID-19 vaccine steering committee, where she led the company’s external affairs efforts and public education program on COVID and vaccine literacy. Before her tenure at J&J, Ms. Kumar was the Chief of Staff to Dr. Eric Lander and the Chief Communications Officer at the Whitehead Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Genome Research where she played a leadership role in the Human Genome Project. She also has held leadership positions at the U.S. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institutes of Health, and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Ms. Kumar holds an M.S. in Science Journalism and Communications from the University of Maryland.