Director of Corporate Engagement
As Director of Corporate Engagement, Dennis Atkinson directs Wayne State University's Front Door for Business Engagement. In this role, he serves as the main point of industry contact for the university, develops university-industry partnerships and coordinates corporate outreach efforts for research activities.
Prior to joining Wayne State, Dennis served in research and managerial roles in both industry and academia. At the University of Southern California, he was the Director of Corporate Research Advancement, a role in the Office of the Vice President for Research, to coordinate and build corporate research relationships with USC faculty. Prior to this, he had roles within the healthcare industry, in both research and management. While at General Electric Healthcare, he served as Manager of Academic Research for GE's Applied Science Laboratory, a role where he managed sponsored research at their major west coast academic institutions. Before GE, he was Senior Scientist and Manager of Research Collaborations for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Division of Siemens Medical Systems. In his career, he has worked with leaders in imaging in the U.S. and Europe to develop novel medical applications and educational programs to promote clinical acceptance of innovative medical technology. As a medical physicist, Dennis has made signifcant contributions to the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Spectroscopy (MRS) with over 50 peer-reviewed publications leading to over 2500 citations (h-index=26).
Industry Liaison (Health Care and Life Sciences)
As Industry Liaison for Health Care and Life Sciences, Dr. Kashif Haque helps establish partnerships with biotechnology, pharmaceutical, startup firms and nonprofit entities, for collaboration with Wayne State on research and development, and technology licensing. Prior to joining Wayne State, Kashif served as a Licensing Manager in Technology Commercialization at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. In this role, Kashif marketed early-stage technologies to pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as Contract Research Organizations. Kashif was also instrumental in expanding social media presence to foster clinical and research collaborations. Prior to Roswell Park, Kashif completed a three-year Fellowship in Technology Transfer at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes for Health, where he served as the lead in evaluating and marketing novel cancer technologies. Kashif has also has been active in clinical research in Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. During his Masters program at Georgetown University, Kashif was an Associate at the private equity firm of Focus Bankers Investment Group in Washington, DC, in their Health and Biotechnology Practices Group.
Kashif has clinical and medical training from St. Christopher's College of Medicine in the U.K., as well as a Masters in Biotechnology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of the High-Tech College of Entrepreneurial Leadership in the School of Management at the University of Buffalo and the Innovate program at Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.