Dr. Julius N. Korley is a businessperson, entrepreneur and scientist with expertise in several areas of biotechnology, including biomaterials, drugs, drug-delivery systems and medical device development. Presently, Dr. Korley is the Associate Vice President for the Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships (OEIP) at the University of Delaware. He also holds a secondary appointment as an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The mission of OEIP is to promote and facilitate the commercialization of University of Delaware technologies for the benefit of the public and the university. Previously, Dr. Korley was the Director of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Partnerships for the College of Engineering (COE) at the University of Delaware. In this role, Dr. Korley was responsible for driving commercialization by helping COE faculty, postdocs and students develop their technologies and connecting them to the startup and industry communities. Korley is also National faculty for I-Corps at NIH and Co-Director of the NSF I-Corps Northeast Hub.
Prior to UD, Dr. Korley served as the Associate Director of the Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). This position focused on translational medicine and the commercialization of laboratory technologies that address unmet or poorly met human healthcare needs. In this role, Dr. Korley oversaw more than 70 technologies leading to more $75M in follow-on funding, 13 licensed technologies, 11 startups and 16 technologies in humans.
Dr. Korley also co-founded the biomedical engineering company Affinity Therapeutics and has successfully helped the company raise all non-dilutive funding to date. He has extensive experience in fundraising, business development, strategic partnering and licensing activities and was named Affinity’s inaugural President and CEO in August of 2015.
Prior to co-founding Affinity and joining CWRU, Dr. Korley first worked at Momenta Pharmaceuticals (MNTA), a then startup. In October of 2020, Momenta was acquired by Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Korley earned a Ph.D. at Cornell University and an MBA at the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU.