New veeps target Feinstein Institute growth

Growth factor: The Feinstein Institute's corridors of power have been modified.

Hungry for growth, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has beefed up its administrative team.

Following a year of groundbreaking research and ambitious business ventures, the bioelectronic medicine-friendly institute has named John David Chelico its new vice president of research information technology and Ivar Strand its new vice president of research finance, a position that monitors critical bottom-line practices around Feinstein’s breakthrough R&D.

John Chelico: Core values.

John Chelico: Core values.

Both Chelico – who will be tasked with developing a “data core” that efficiently moves research from laboratory to clinical trials to commercial use – and Strand boast extensive research backgrounds, experience that will support both laboratory work and clinical trials in and around Northwell Health’s medical-research division.

An experienced executive staff gives researchers “the foundation they require to successfully investigate and treat disease,” noted Feinstein Institute President and CEO Kevin Tracey.

“[Chelico and Strand] are experts in leading research organizations to success,” Tracey said. “We are delighted to have them on our team.”

Chelico previously served three years as chief medical information officer at Manhasset’s North Shore University Hospital and New Hyde Park’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center, both Northwell Health facilities. As the Feinstein Institute’s head of research IT, he will draw upon “multiple data sources” from within the health system to help speed medical research through various developmental stages, Feinstein said in a statement.

Ivar Strand: Best practices.

Ivar Strand: Best practices.

The new VP – who earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from NYU, a master’s in biomedical informatics from Columbia University and a doctorate from SUNY Downstate Medical Center – will also work to implement state-of-the-art technology systems that are “crucial for the management of the research enterprise,” according to the institute.

Strand brings more than 25 years of administrative experience to his new role, earned at major research and educational institutions across New York State. Most recently, he served as assistant vice president for research administration and finance at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, following more than a decade with the Research Foundation for SUNY at Stony Brook University and a stint directing sponsored programs at the Research Foundation’s corporate office.

The new head of research finance is charged with ensuring best financial practices around the Feinstein Institute’s laboratory and clinical programs, including invoicing for clinical-research patients. He will also leverage his experience developing “innovative tactics to maximize the management of grants and other financial awards,” the institute said.

Strand holds a master’s of business administration in banking from Dowling College and two bachelor’s degrees, in finance and communications, from the University of Miami.

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