Dinesh Divakaran PhD, MBA

Director, Digital Innovations

Phone: 919-684-3131 (mobile) 919-986-1684
Email: dinesh.divakaran@duke.edu


Dinesh Divakaran, PhD, MBA, serves as Director, Digital Innovations with Duke’s Office of Licensing & Ventures (OLV). In this role, he leads the commercialization of digital, high tech and emerging tech innovations (software/IT, data, content and creative works) from R&D, QI/QA, and innovation activities across Duke Health and Duke University through technology licenses, innovative ventures, strategic alliances, and tactical collaborations. He also directly manages a portfolio of technologies including AI/ML/IoT, digital health, SaMD, health IT, clinical informatics, imaging, diagnostics, pathology, telemedicine, bioinformatics, genomics, data analytics, computer science, high tech, ed-tech, fin-tech, supply chain, and logistics.

Dr. Divakaran brings to Duke OLV broad expertise in translating and commercializing digital and high tech innovations across domains, sectors, industries, and fields. His experience includes evaluating technologies, exercising due diligence, strategizing IP assets, advancing innovation, raising gap funding, mapping commercialization pathways, developing business models, building alliances/collaborations, facilitating translation, negotiating licensing deals, mentoring entrepreneurs and catalyzing startups. Outside of his work at Duke, Dr. Divakaran regularly serves as a reviewer/panelist with the Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grant programs at NIH and NSF. He also volunteers as an advisor, mentor & grant reviewer with NC IDEA and sits on the board of advisors of North Carolina Technology Association (NC TECH), Innovation Committee of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Entrepreneurship & Innovation Committee of IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (IEEE TEMS).

Outside of working in technology transfer, Dr. Divakaran also had a short stint in venture capital as a fellow with the Alumni Ventures Group. He joined Duke OLV in late 2015 after having worked as the Associate Director of Technology Transfer at North Carolina State University (NCSU). At NCSU, he lead a group of licensing executives and directed commercialization efforts across engineering, IT, materials, textiles, physical sciences, design, arts, and humanities. Prior to working at NCSU, he worked in technology transfer at the Texas A&M University System and the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Divakaran also served as an adjunct assistant professor at NCSU and USF and collaborated as a co-investigator on research translation projects. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering with a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship from USF and his MBA in Innovation & Finance from NCSU. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu honor societies.