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 modeling the spread of disease 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.

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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Corrie Ortega

Corrie Ortega

Research Scientist, IV Lab

After sharpening her interest in infectious disease as an undergrad, Corrie—originally from Chicago—headed to the Pacific Northwest for her doctoral program studying the bacterium that causes TB. That led to her current role at Intellectual Ventures (IV), where she is working on a molecular diagnostic project to develop a test to support cervical cancer screening in low-resource areas.

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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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Helen Hsieh

Helen Hsieh

Research Scientist, IV Lab

As a kid, Helen always remembers loving science and the simple joy of discovery, and she went on to earn a bachelor’s and Ph.D. in chemistry. She now works as a research scientist at IV Lab, and she’s part of a team developing portable, affordable, and easy-to-use lab procedures to detect malaria or TB in the developing world. 

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