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Q Founder Series | To the InQbation Lab and Beyond: Lab and Office Leases, Co-Working Spaces, and Future Space Needs

When: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: 1801 Maple Avenue, Suite 1400, Evanston, IL 60201 Evanston map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Sonia Kim   (847) 467-0446

Group: Innovation and New Ventures Office

Category: Other, Lectures & Meetings


Northwestern University's Querrey InQbation Lab is featuring the Q Founder Series, focused on key topics that early-stage startups face.

This Q Founder Seminar will focus on business and legal strategies for space needs beyond the InQbation Lab.  In particular, the presentation will cover trends in the medical office and lab real estate market, how to negotiate lab and office space agreements, and the different types of flexible medical office and lab space.  The presenters will be Adam Falkof, one of the leaders of Quarles’ national startup team and a real estate partner in Quarles’ Chicago office, and Jonathan Metzel, an Executive Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield in Chicago with a specialty representing life science companies.

Adam Falkof and Jonathan Metzel are available immediately following the seminar to discuss relevant topics.

Please register in advance. Lunch will be provided by Quarles & Brady.



Adam Falkof is a partner at Quarles & Brady in Chicago and leads the firm’s startup practice. He has substantial experience with the Midwest’s startup community and has previously launched four of his own startups. Mr. Falkof represents a number leading early-stage startups and has close relationships with technology accelerators, angel investors, and venture capital funds nationwide. He also writes a monthly Midwest startups newsletter that features early stage Midwest startup companies and upcoming startup community events.

Jonathan Metzl is the Executive Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield. Throughout his career, Jonathan has negotiated more than 5 million square feet (sf) of office lease transactions for clients across a wide range of industries from life science startups to Fortune 500 corporations. Jonathan specializes in the development of strategic plans that align clients’ real estate portfolios with their overall organizational objectives and financial goals. While he has developed a unique expertise in the Suburban Chicago office market, Jonathan also manages transactions nationally for many clients. By consistently applying a consultative advisory approach, Jonathan has become a trusted advisor for his clients — helping them to anticipate and navigate through their most important real estate decisions.

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