Who We Are

MN-REACH Leadership

Vadim J. Gurvich, Ph.D., M.B.A.Vadim J. Gurvich, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Vadim J. Gurvich, Ph.D., M.B.A. is Associate Director of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development (ITDD) and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. Since 2007, Dr. Gurvich has also served as the Associate Director of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE), a national consortium of leading schools and colleges of Pharmacy and Chemical Engineering. Dr Gurvich is an expert in synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry, drug synthesis and chemical process development and engineering. Dr. Gurvich holds a doctoral degree in organic chemistry along with master’s degrees in chemical engineering and business administration (MBA) and possesses over 25 years of academic and industrial research and development experience.


Allison Hubel, Ph.D.Allison Hubel, Ph.D.
Allison Hubel, Ph.D., is Co-PI and MN-REACH Deputy Director spearheading the educational and skills development activities of MN-REACH. Dr. Hubel is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Biopreservation Core Resource (BioCoR), the nations only resource on preservation.  Her research in preservation has been translational and has resulted in numerous publications, several patents and the foundation of a small start-up company, Mesoflow, which is commercializing NIH-funded research in the field of preservation. Dr. Hubel also enjoys creating and implementing professional development courses with multidisciplinary themes and faculty and has been involved in programs for faculty development such as the Big Ten Women’s Workshop.


Kevin A. Peterson, MD, MPH, FRCS(Ed), FAAFPKevin A. Peterson, MD, MPH, FRCS(Ed), FAAFP
Dr. Peterson is a Professor in the Medical School where he directs the Center of Excellence in Primary Care with additional appointments in the Institute for Engineering in Medicine and the Institute for Health Informatics.  His training includes Mayo Medical School, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Leeds University (England), Rush Presbyterian, and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Peterson is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Peterson has led many NIH studies and licensed several technologies.  As the national Director for the AHRQ PBRN Resource Center, his national team provided research support for over 17,000 practices and 70,000 clinician-researchers throughout the US and territories. With over 20 years of translational research experience, Dr. Peterson’s research focuses on clinical trials, diabetes and chronic disease, innovations in health care, and dissemination science.  He works with health systems, national and international industry partners, and academic medical centers across the world in clinical trials of comparative effectiveness, community engagement, and engineering new approaches to improve health care delivery.  Dr. Peterson functions as the Medical Advisor to MN-REACH, promoting the engagement of clients and communities early in the development and commercialization process.


Lorri ChapmanLorri Chapman
Lorri Chapman is a project manager for MN-REACH, responsible for program and office operations, PI and ERB support, metrics and reporting, and related functions. She has worked at the University sixteen years, previously on a large real estate project and as assistant to the VP for Agricultural Policy and Dean. In her roles, Chapman has established and cultivated professional relationships throughout the University system and with external constituents & partners.

She has extensive project and program management experience that includes serving as move coordinate for a large college move (relocation of 60+ faculty and staff to a newly constructed building); establishing procedural and programmatic policies and systems for new offices and programs; coordinating educational workshops for as few as ten to upwards of 3,000 participants; and developing health care policy instructional and resource manuals. Chapman previously held positions at the West Metro Education Program, University of St. Thomas, and Minnesota Health & Housing Alliance. 



*Program management of innovator coaching, business plan development, and technology-to-market strategy has been conducted by Moore BioBusiness LLC.