OUR teamMeet IV

From engineers to entrepreneurs, lab scientists to lawyers, financial wizards to technologists, the people of IV embody the power of innovation through collaboration and creative freedom. That’s why we draw on varied, even unlikely, professional backgrounds to build our teams. Whether we're investigating applications in advanced chemistry or incubating new companies, each new perspective can yield unexpected insights and results. Learn more about the diversely talented people and positions that drive our spirit of invention.

Naoise Gaffney

Naoise Gaffney

Head of Patent Development, IIF

Naoise’s superpowers in extracting the best value from patents stems from a deep desire to get to the bottom of things. Curiosity plus, according to Naoise, a “healthy dose of commitment issues,” landed him a couple of graduate degrees—one in genetics and another in computer science—from Trinity College in Dublin. 

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Michelle Macartney

Michelle Macartney

Director, IP Attorney

“I really like the fundamentals behind patent law,” says Michelle Macartney, director, IP attorney for Intellectual Ventures (IV). “It’s a fascinating area of law, this fine balance between fostering innovation and not going too far in granting monopolies.”

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Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Head of the Deep Science Fund

Given a longer time horizon to pursue ideas, the team is able to operate with greater patience and risk tolerance, says Brian, who earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, with a minor in materials science, from Stanford. But the extra latitude also means they’re constantly weighing investment now against worthwhile economic return later—in some cases, potentially much later. 

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Kelly Roche

Kelly Roche

Portfolio Director

A California native with a background in finance and economics, Kelly got his career footing as an analyst and later moved into the complex world of patent licensing. Read about the intricacies of his role at Intellectual Ventures (IV), and how he draws on the wisdom of others to navigate a highly challenging industry. 

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