Office of Strategic Alliances

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The Office of Strategic Alliances develops and manages UCSF's largest industry partnerships. It is our goal to identify mutually beneficial collaborations and strategic partnerships between UCSF and industry, often with the objectives of providing research funding for projects at UCSF and securing a commercial partner suitable for commercializing and developing a product should a new invention arise.

We leverage our extensive internal and external networks to connect the right partners to our PIs, and after a partnership is established, we provide alliance management support to ensure a successful collaboration and identify additional collaborative projects as desired. As scientists by training, we're invested in ensuring that UCSF science has the support it needs to progress, both within the lab and into the clinic.

Please learn more about Our Team below, reach out to the director of our office, Peter Kotsonis, with inquiries, or see below for other information.


UCSF-only INDUSTRY Funding Opportunities


Strategic Alliances in the News


UCSF and BridgeBio Pharma to Accelerate Therapies for Genetic Diseases 


Autobahn Collaboration to Accelerate UCSF Innovation from Bench to Bedside





RAN 2.0 continues successful partnership between UC and Bristol Myers Squibb to develop novel therapies.


GlaxoSmithKline taps UC’s CRISPR expertise to speed drug discovery.






What We Do

  • Translational Funding
  • Industry Collaboration

Our Team

  • Peter Kotsonis, PhD

    Assistant Vice Chancellor of Business Development, Innovation and Partnerships

    Peter is PhD-neuroscientist and drug hunter with 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry, project leader and co-inventor of Ronopterin (VAS203) for traumatic brain injury currently in Phase III clinical development. Peter has experience in academic start-ups (VasoPharm Biotech GmbH) and pharma settings (Novartis Ag and Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co, Ltd). He joined UCSF in 2013, and his responsibilities include driving new partner...

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  • Cammie Edwards, PhD

    Associate Director

    Cammie Edwards, PhD, Program and Alliance Management (ITA), provides a direct interface between UCSF teams and external collaboration partners. In that role, she works with both teams in establishing collaborative strategic plans, maintaining effective communication, promoting cross-functional activities, monitoring progress and developing risk mitigation strategies. Cammie joined UCSF as the Program Director for the Stephen and Nancy...

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  • Elizabeth Edmiston, PhD

    Senior Alliance and Business Development Manager

    Beth joined the Office of Strategic Alliances as an Alliances and Business Development Manager in October 2018. Previously, Beth worked in market research consulting where she informed pre-launch strategies for global biopharmaceutical companies. She received her Ph.D. in Immunology from UC Davis, where she studied the maternal immune system and its effects on neurodevelopment, specifically she was working to elucidate the role of maternal...

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  • Sean Karlin

    Senior Brand & Communications

    With an education in film, a passion for adventure, and the good fortune to work with organizations like Greenpeace, Amazon Watch and Sea Shepherd, Sean has spent much of his life travelling and documenting the environmental movement. In 2005 he settled in San Francisco, joined Beyond Pix Studios to cover the world’s biggest technology innovators, including Apple, LinkedIn and Amazon. Along with new priorities came new skills that included...

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  • Olivia Roberson, PhD

    Senior Alliance and Business Development Manager

    Olivia joined the Office of Strategic Alliances in November 2018 as an Alliances and Business Development Manager. Previously, Olivia worked as a scientific advisor where she focused on protection of biotechnology intellectual property. Olivia received her PhD in Immunology from Mayo Clinic School of Biomedical Sciences where she studied the endogenous antiviral mechanisms in the domestic cat. Subsequently, Olivia was awarded an NIH...

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  • Shae Ziaee, PhD

    Senior Alliance and Business Development Manager

    Shae joined the Office of Strategic Alliances as an Alliances and Business Development Manager in January 2020, where she establishes collaborative strategic plans and manages industrial partnerships for UCSF. Shae  brings three years of experience in life science strategy and market research for biopharma and diagnostic companies, where she developed R&D and market strategy plans across multiple therapeutic areas, including hematological...

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  • Gabriela Fernandez-Cuervo Velasco

    Alliance and Business Development Manager

    Gabriela joined the Office of Strategic Alliances as an Alliances and Business Development Manager in June 2021. Previously, Gabriela was an Intellectual Property Technology Specialist at MyoKardia – a wholly owned subsidiary of Bristol Myers Squibb, where she focused on internal proprietary and scientific research to evaluate intellectual property issues impacting business strategy. She received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a...

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