About Us

Office of Innovation and Commercialization at University of California, San Diego

What We Do

UC San Diego is globally recognized as an innovation leader driving social and economic prosperity. Together with our campus partners, the Office of Innovation and Commercialization aligns resources to encourage and support an innovative community comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community advocates. Our mission is to accelerate the commercialization of UC San Diego innovations and contribute to a sustainable society by empowering a diverse entrepreneurial culture on campus and strengthening a dynamic innovation ecosystem.

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Our Leadership

Corinne Peek-Asa, associate dean for research for the University of Iowa College of Public Health and professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health

Corinne Peek-Asa

Vice Chancellor for Research

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Dr. Peek-Asa joins UC San Diego from the University of Iowa, where she served as the Lowell G. Battershell Distinguished Professor and associate dean for Research in the university’s College of Public Health. A pioneer in the field of international injury and violence epidemiology, she currently directs one of six NIH-funded International Trauma Training Programs and previously served as the director of the interdisciplinary CDC-funded Injury Prevention Research Center from 2006 to 2020.

Peek-Asa is distinguished for her work in injury prevention and policy science, including programs addressing road safety, interpersonal violence, acute care and workplace violence. As founding principal investigator of an NIH-funded International Trauma Training Program, she introduced sustainable violence and injury research and training in 11 institutions throughout the world, including the implementation of the first trauma registries in eight institutions in five countries.

Paul Roben

Paul Roben

Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation & Commercialization

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Paul Roben, Ph.D., was named Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Commercialization at UC San Diego in June 2015.

Working with the Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Roben is transforming the functions provided by the Technology Transfer Office, Industry Research Alliances, and Industry Contracting into an integrated organization to include patenting, strategic corporate research partnering and industry contracts. He oversees the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, which will establish a campus-wide innovation platform to build a systemic and sustainable innovation culture, create a vibrant regional ecosystem, and accelerate the commercialization of UC San Diego inventions.

Previously he was Senior Director of Office Technology Development at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, working with multiple academic institutes to develop strategic processes to drive innovation alliances, and help translate their research programs into products for patients and society. He guided the formation of multiple new start-up companies and was responsible for the negotiation of a broad spectrum of technology licenses to industry.

As a key member of Ireland’s Innovation Taskforce (2009 to present), he co-authored a national economic-development plan for Ireland, among other achievements.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology, as well as his Ph.D., at Dublin City University in Ireland, and studied as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Greg Silverman at UC San Diego.

greg horowitt

Greg Horowitt

Director - Innovation Design

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Greg Horowitt is the cofounder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Creation and has spent 25+ years working in startups and venture capital. He is the co-author of the bestselling book, The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley and has consulted on innovation with top organizations like the Aspen Institute, National Academies of Science, World Bank, and US Department of State. He worked under Warren Buffett as an executive at a Berkshire Hathaway operating company, is a Kauffman Fellow, and has been a founder, investor, and board member in many leading organizations.


Faisal Ali

Director - Finance and Operations

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Staff Directory

Roben, PhD, Paul Associate Vice ChancellorPWRoben@ucsd.edu
CommercializationSchuck, Stephanie
MTA Senior Analystsschuck@ucsd.edu
CommercializationEason, JD, Julie Senior IP and Commercialization Analystjeason@ucsd.edu
Commercialization, Life SciencesVenkatraman, SubramanianInnovation Commercialization Managersuvenkatraman@ucsd.edu
Commercialization, Life SciencesDaly, JD, BrendanSr. Innovation and Commercialization Manager BDaly@ucsd.edu
Commercialization, Life Sciences Loryman, BSc, Chris Sr. Innovation and Commercialization Manager CLoryman@ucsd.edu
Commercialization, Life SciencesRossi, PhD, Devora Sr. Innovation and Commercialization Manager drossi@ucsd.edu
Commercialization, Life SciencesShaw, PhD, CLP, DonnaAssoc. Director, Life Science LicensingDonnaShaw@ucsd.edu
Commercialization, Physical Sciences Cajipe, PhD, Victoria Assoc. Director, Physical Science Licensingvcajipe@ucsd.edu
Commercialization, Physical Sciences Chakhovskoi, PhD, AndreiSr. Innovation and Commercialization Manager achakhovskoi@ucsd.edu
Commercialization, Physical Sciences Cynar, PhD, Skip Sr. Innovation and Commercialization Manager SCynar@ucsd.edu
Commercialization, Physical SciencesMajmudar, MEM, Parth Innovation and Commercialization Manager PPMajmudar@ucsd.edu
Finance & OperationsRecruitingFinance Manager
Finance & OperationsArrizon, Noemi Compliance SpecialistNArrizon@ucsd.edu
Finance & OperationsConey, BSHA, Marquise Executive Assistant to AVCmconey@ucsd.edu
Finance & OperationsGuster, Stephany Financial Assistantguster@ucsd.edu
Finance & OperationsFontan-Basinga, IrishFinancial Analystifontanbasinga@ucsd.edu
Finance & OperationsBaines, Carissa Sr. Compliance Analystckett@ucsd.edu
Finance & OperationsJennings, Megan Budget and Finance Analystm1jennings@ucsd.edu
Innovation DesignChirazi, Jacques Director, Student
Entrepreneurship &
Blackstone Launchpad
Innovation DesignComo Sands, Gwenetta Director, Program DevelopmentGSands@ucsd.edu
Innovation DesignRecruitingMarketing Specialist
Innovation DesignHorowitt, Greg Director, Innovation Designghorowitt@ucsd.edu
Innovation DesignLiou, Christine The Basement, Assistant Director of Operationsclliou@ucsd.edu
Innovation DesignMoise, Shane Program ManagerSMoise@ucsd.edu
Innovation DesignNegrete, Gloria Dir. Strategy &
Innovation DesignRenteria, Tamara Administrative and Event CoordinatorTRenteria@ucsd.edu
Intellectual Property Glathe, Christine Disclosure Specialistcglathe@ucsd.edu
Intellectual PropertyGold, SebastianPatent Assistants2gold@ucsd.edu
Intellectual PropertyFan, JenniferPatent Specialistj6fan@ucsd.edu
Intellectual Property Nicolaou, PhD, Shihong Intellectual Property ManagerSNicolaou@ucsd.edu
Intellectual Property Palacios, Dolores Sponsor Compliance SpecialistDPalacios@ucsd.edu
Intellectual Property Williams, BA, Jen Patent AnalystJRW001@ucsd.edu

Core Values

Being a Trusted Partner

  • It's all about engagement. We foster and nurture relationships, both internal and external, for the benefit of inventors, campus community, and society at large.
  • Every relationship is unique. We step into our partners' worlds to understand their priorities and needs.

Setting a High Bar for Ourselves

  • From research to market, from bench to bedside, we are the intellectual capital experts.
  • We strive to inspire excellence, acting with integrity and professionalism in all we do.

Recognizing and Empowering Potential

  • We are strategic thinkers and appreciate that creative solutions require empathy and an open mind.
  • We identify and grow future leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and risk-takers.
  • We facilitate access and connect the dots. We deliver a network of opportunities that connects people to resources, ideas and programs.
  • We cultivate meaningful relationships with alumni that engage their expertise and celebrate their achievements.

Striving for a Culture of Appreciation and Recognition

  • We acknowledge differences and appreciate people for who they are, what they do, and how they contribute to our mission.
  • We value and reward a job well done.
  • We understand that our work impacts others, so we strive for effective communication and transparency in all directions and al all levels.

Our Culture

Who we are...

  • We are ambassadors of innovation and technology, creating value for the campus impacting the world. We close the gap between the academic environment and end users.
  • We contribute to the campus voice for entrepreneurship, advancing a culture of innovation at all levels and across disciplines.
  • We are a Center of Excellence within Research Affairs. 
  • We believe innovation means bringing together diverse perspectives to craft original solutions with value. 

Our History

How Tech Transfer Began

Enacted on December 12, 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act (P.L. 96-517, Patent and Trademark Act Amendments of 1980) created a uniform patent policy among the many federal agencies that fund research, enabling small businesses and non-profit organizations, including universities, to retain title to inventions made under federally-funded research programs. This legislation was co-sponsored by Senators Birch Bayh of Indiana and Robert Dole of Kansas. The Bayh-Dole Act was especially instrumental in encouraging universities to participate in technology transfer activities.

Tech Transfer at University of California

The central University of California Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) was established in 1978 and for many years provided all technology transfer services from a central location in the San Francisco Bay Area. A single, central OTT providing services to such a large enterprise allowed the investment of sufficient resources in a single program to reach critical mass and achieve early success. However, while this location is very close to the UC Berkeley campus, it is over 500 miles from the UC San Diego campus, and the lack of direct connections to researchers and the technology itself at more distant campuses proved to be problematic, especially as research programs grew dramatically in the 1980s.

The Evolution of Tech Transfer - the UC San Diego Model

The transformation of the Office of Innovation and Commercialization from a traditional technology transfer office to an expanded innovation-agnostic group began in 2015. The original Office of Technology Transfer was established in November 1994, with a handful of staff to manage the intellectual property portfolio of the entire campus. In the intervening years, the office has grown to more than thirty staff to support a vibrant innovation ecosystem and manage the commercialization of inventions resulting from a billion dollar annual research budget.

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