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Jessica Zolynas Hired as General Counsel


Brings Expertise in Intellectual Property and Regulatory Matters  

Kansas City, Mo.: (July 11, 2023) – Jessica Zolynas has joined MRIGlobal as vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for the institute. In this role, she will lead the legal and contracts team, providing strategic and legal guidance as we work to grow the mission and impact of MRIGlobal through government, commercial, industry, and academic partnerships. She will also become a corporate officer and member of the institute’s executive leadership team.  

“With Jessica joining the team, we are defining our strategic priorities for the future. Accelerating the growth of our business, we will further protect and license our innovative intellectual property, while closely supporting customers as they navigate complicated regulatory processes,” said Dr. Ian M. Colrain, President & CEO, MRIGlobal. “Her expertise in these areas makes her a strong fit for what we do today and where we will continue to grow.” 

Zolynas started her legal career in private practice at Polsinelli, focused on intellectual property in the areas of energy, technology, and animal health. Subsequently, she moved to Bayer Healthcare LLC’s Animal Health Division where she became assistant general counsel, serving as a member of the leadership team for Bayer’s North American Animal Health Division. Most recently, she served as general counsel for Smart Warehousing, LLC. 

“There are few organizations that have a mission as compelling as MRIGlobal – to improve the health and safety of everyone – so I am extremely excited to join the organization and such a talented team,” said Zolynas, new General Counsel, MRIGlobal. “The opportunity to help protect world-class scientific research and make such innovations available to address global needs combines three of my passions: science, intellectual property, and helping others. MRIGlobal has been at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs for decades and I look forward to supporting its continued success.” 

Zolynas earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and her Juris Doctorate with Honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law, where she also served as the Executive Editor for the Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law 



MRIGlobal improves the health and safety of people everywhere by addressing some of the world’s greatest threats and complex biological, chemical, and engineering challenges. Founded in 1944 as an independent, not-for-profit organization, MRIGlobal provides customized research and development services to health and defense-focused organizations in need of innovative and multidisciplinary solutions. This includes expertise in clinical research support, infectious disease and biological threat agent detection, global biological engagement, in vitro diagnostics, and laboratory management and operations. To learn more, visit mriglobal.org.