Ellen Kats, PhD

Assistant Director, Business Development & Licensing
Office of Technology Management
+1 415 758-1598

As an Assistant Director of Licensing at Innovation Ventures, Ellen is responsible for sourcing and completing high value deals for UCSF's most commercially attractive technologies. In addition to helping bring UCSF's innovation from bench to bedside, Ellen manages a large and diverse IP portfolio, advises faculty/staff on IP strategy, and negotiates intellectual property terms for large-scale industry collaborations.

Ellen has been managing intellectual property on behalf of UCSF since February 2007, when she initially joined the Office of Technology Management. Over these years, Ellen has completed a wide range of partnering deals, and played critical roles in the formations of many UCSF start-ups which have gone on to have successful IPOs or acquisitions. Ellen holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from UC San Diego, as well as a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkeley. Her scientific background is strongest in molecular and cellular biology, cancer biology, and human and yeast genetics.

Ellen is passionate about aiding UCSF faculty and staff in realizing the fullest commercial potential in their inventions, and helping UCSF achieve its mission of advancing health worldwide through strategic partnerships leading to successes in clinical development and health sciences.


Checkpoint functions are required for normal S-phase progression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae RCAF- and CAF-I-defective mutants.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Kats ES, Albuquerque CP, Zhou H, Kolodner RD

ERK and MMPs sequentially regulate distinct stages of epithelial tubule development.

Developmental cell

O'Brien LE, Tang K, Kats ES, Schutz-Geschwender A, Lipschutz JH, Mostov KE

Saccharomyces cerevisiae chromatin-assembly factors that act during DNA replication function in the maintenance of genome stability.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Myung K, Pennaneach V, Kats ES, Kolodner RD