USC Stevens Center Hires Two Licensing Associates

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation, the University of Southern California’s technology licensing office, has hired Radhika Palkar and Stefan Schweizer as licensing associates.

Radhika and Stefan will join the Stevens Center commercialization team. Licensing associates interact with faculty and researchers, assess their inventions, and identify potential commercial applications through market research and analysis. They manage a portfolio of university-owned inventions and support intellectual property development, protection, marketing to potential business partners capable of bringing the inventions to market, and licensing.

“Radhika and Stefan are great additions to our licensing team,” said Jennifer Dyer, executive director of the Stevens Center. “They both possess impressive academic credentials as well as business experience, and we look forward to their contributions in advancing USC research from the lab to the market.”

Radhika PalkarRadhika Palkar, PhD, joins the Stevens Center from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Silva Laboratory. While there she worked on testing a novel method of peptide delivery across the blood-brain barrier and studied the mechanisms of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). Radhika earned a PhD in neuroscience from USC and served as a licensing intern at the Stevens Center in 2017 while completing her degree. Her previous experience includes serving as a communications consultant for Fluid Synchrony, a medical device startup. Radhika completed the Harvard Business School’s Online Credential of Readiness (CORe) program and holds a BS in neurobiology and behavior from UC Irvine. She joined the Stevens Center on July 1 and can be reached at

Stefan SchweizerStefan Schweizer, PhD, joins the Stevens Center from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, the technology licensing office for the University of Tennessee. As a licensing associate for the past five years, he managed a portfolio of chemical, pharmaceutical, and biomedical technologies. Since earning his PhD in chemistry at Georg August University in Gottingen, Germany, Stefan has held a variety of positions with pharmaceutical and chemical companies on the East and West Coasts, as well as the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass. He began his career as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of USC Professor George Olah. Stefan earned an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a BS in chemistry from Georg August University. He will join the Stevens Center on August 8 and can be reached at