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The powerful combination of high quality science, an entrepreneurial culture, and strategic partnerships between UCSF’s researchers and Innovation Ventures Office of Technology Management and Advancement (OTMA) has resulted in an impressive track record of commercial successes. We will work with you to evaluate and grow new ideas, devise a commercialization and intellectual property (IP) plan including formation of a start-up, connect your research with appropriate potential internal and external collaborators, and negotiate suitable licenses with appropriate commercialization partners such as existing companies, venture capitalists or other investors.

An Interview: Leadership in a Post Pandemic Landscape

We're not here to turn researchers into entrepreneurs – we are here to essentially let the researcher understand what it is that the commercial pathway might be and then participate however they like.

Anthony Francis, Executive Director

Office of Technology Management and Advancement

Anthony Francis, Executive Director, Office of Technology Management






Get insights into our role as technology managers for the University, read our interview with Director Anthony Francis about the new role Innovation Ventures is playing to support our faculty's great discoveries.



Services & Programs

Engagement and Opportunity Development 


Engage with Faculty: Working closely with the inventor(s), evaluate technologies, and develop corresponding commercialization plans focusing on new start-up opportunities.

Opportunity Development: Perform market research and actively reach out to a robust network of external partners including business development professionals and venture capitalists (VC) to obtain feedback, raise funding and work together to create a roadmap for developing the technology; 

Grow Your Idea: Planning your next steps to developing a commercially viable product or solution, getting input from industry experts, and identifying gap funding opportunities.

Entrepreneur in Residence Program (EiR):  EiRs offer our academic community the lived experience of the marketplace so that their science can be translated into real-world, commercial opportunities. 

Key Opinion Leaders (KOL): This feedback network is a list of 50+ venture capitalists, pharmaceutical company contacts, entrepreneurs, special area experts and angel investors who's experience and perspectives are available to support UCSF as we seek better market opportunities for our technologies.

For more information about our strategies and tactics to launch your technology,

Technology Licensing


License the Technology: Negotiating complex and customized agreements such as licenses to existing and significantly funded start-up companies, collaborative research agreements, confidentiality disclosure agreements, and material transfer agreements to enable commercial partnerships.

Market the Technology: Actively reaching out to a robust network of external partners including business development professionals and venture capitalists (VC) to match UCSF’s intellectual property assets with their partnering interests, raise funding and work together to create a roadmap for developing the technology; developing and managing on-going industry relationships.

Facilitate External Collaboration 

Partnering with other UCSF groups to attract and develop partnerships with industry, research foundations, etc. to provide expertise, funding, and other resources to further develop technology leading to reduced risk for licensees and increased value for UCSF and inventors.

For facts about our office and intellectual property management.




Recent Advances of UCSF NewCos 


Part of the mission at the University of California has been to encourage the scientific research conducted here to advance into useful healthcare technologies for the benefit of all who may need them. At our San Francisco campus, the UCSF Innovations Ventures department has been tasked with encouraging our academics and researchers to collaborate both internally and externally to launch businesses based on the technologies they developed.

An example of this UCSF NewCo success was in 1976 when biochemistry professor Herbert Boyer founded one of the largest biotech companies in the world, Genentech, on the discoveries he made in recombinant DNA technology. 

See more recent advances in UCSF NewCo technologies: 



How are we doing? 


UCSF Technology Commercialization Statistics

Questions or Comments?

Please feel free to reach out to Anthony Francis, Executive Director of Technology Management at [email protected] or 415 813-7978.


Our Team

  • Anthony Francis

    Executive Director

    Anthony joins Innovation Ventures to lead the Office of Technology Management after an extensive career in technology management and transfer in Australia, most recently as the managing director of GP Partners, a group investing in primary care innovations made through their own accelerator team. Before that, Francis established Flinders Partners at Flinders University where he became managing director of that organization and led it to...

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  • Todd Pazdera, PhD

    Director, Business Development, EOD & Licensing

    I have over 10 years in licensing and business development experience that includes building significant research collaboration and licensing partnerships between academia and the life sciences industry. I also have significant interest and experience in starting venture backed companies based on university technology.

    I did my Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in the lab of Jon Minden, studying the role of...

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  • Gonzalo Barrera-Hernandez, PhD

    Director, Business Affairs & Strategic Partnerships

    I joined UCSF in 2012, following 12 ½ years at the office of Innovation, Alliances & Services (IAS) (formerly known as the Office of Technology Transfer) at the UC Office of the President, where I was responsible for all IP management and technology licensing matters of a life-sciences portfolio of technologies from several UC campuses.  While at IAS I was also responsible for the first UC System Proof-of-Concept Fund, the UC...

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  • David Fung, PhD

    Assistant Director, Business Development & Licensing

    David manages intellectual property arising from research conducted at UCSF. He works with faculty and staff to evaluate new inventions and to develop appropriate IP strategies, with the goal of commercialization of the technology through licensing, whether to established companies or to new ventures.

    David has more than ten years’ experience in academic technology transfer, first at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and then at...

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  • Ellen Kats, PhD

    Assistant Director, Business Development & Licensing

    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...

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  • Daniel Abel, JD

    Assistant Director, Patent Prosecution & Business

    Dan joined the OTM in March 2006, and is currently responsible for managing patent prosecution, agreement compliance, government reporting, case finances, and the operating budget. Dan earned both his B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida.

  • Kristin Agopian, PhD

    Senior Manager, Business Development & Licensing

    Kristin has been managing intellectual property and commercialization for UCSF since 2008. Her portfolio of technologies includes therapeutics, diagnostics, and medical devices.  She works closely with UCSF faculty and staff to develop and commercialize their inventions, build large research collaboration and licensing partnerships, and spin out companies.  In addition, she negotiates and drafts IP agreements including licenses, options,...

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  • Darya Bubman, PhD

    Senior Manager, Business Development & EOD

    In her role on the Engagement and Opportunity Development (EOD) team of UCSF’s OTM, Darya evaluates novel UCSF inventions for market opportunity, identifies technologies that a start-up company could be built around, works on developing business opportunities for such promising new ventures and negotiates...

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  • Priya Ramu, PhD

    Senior Manager, Business Development & EOD

    As part of the Engagement and Opportunity Development at UCSF’s OTM, Priya triages novel UCSF technologies for evaluation of their market opportunity, and works closely with faculty and other inventors to develop the go-to-market strategy for start-up opportunities.

    She joined UCSF in 2016 and prior to that, was an Agreements Officer in Oregon Health & Science University where she negotiated industry-sponsored research agreements...

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  • Gemma Rooney, PhD

    Senior Strategic Partnerships & Licensing Manager

    Gemma has been sourcing and executing high value deals on UCSF’s innovative technologies since 2014, when she first joined the office. She is currently responsible for managing UCSF’s alliances with the ‘Parker Institute of Cancer Immunology’ and 'Chan Zuckerberg Biohub'.  An integral part of this role is determining the commercial and patenting strategy of the University’s intellectual property, engaging with faculty, building and nurturing...

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  • Kathleen Wilson-Edell, PhD

    Senior Manager, Business Development & Licensing

    Kathy joined the UCSF Office of Technology Management (OTM) in March of 2014. She works with UCSF faculty members to protect intellectual property arising from their research and negotiates licenses to these technologies with both startups and established companies.

    Prior to joining OTM full-time, Kathy was a part-time Technology Analyst with UCSF OTM while completing her postdoctoral training at the Buck Institute for Research on...

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  • Tanya Feldman, BA

    Senior Patent Prosecution Analyst

    Tanya handles various aspects of patent prosecution, government reporting obligations, and monitoring annuities, as well as special projects to streamline the work of the Technology Management team and support the overall mission of the OTM. Prior to joining the office, Tanya spent more than a decade working with various non-profits and small businesses specializing in cultural exchange and education in an administrative and project support...

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  • Benjamin Olsen

    Senior Manager, Business Development, Licensing

    Ben is an ex-Deloitte strategy consultant and health-tech startup founder who specializes in product development, market research and capital raising for new ventures. He has spent 15 years as a leader in healthcare commercializing devices and digital products. He has taken medical devices through FDA clearance and European Conformity; raised equity and debt from corporate venture, angel, and crowdfunding sources; developed devices from...

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  • Heather Pittman, MBA

    Assistant Director, Strategic Projects

    Heather is responsible for the negotiation and ongoing support of strategic partnering agreements and master agreements for UCSF Innovation Ventures. She is focused on supporting those researchers, partners, and companies looking to engage in the UCSF research enterprise. Heather also manages software...

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  • Catherine Smith, PhD

    Business Development & Licensing Manager

    In her role as a Licensing Associate for UCSF’s Innovation Ventures, Cathy is responsible for managing the University’s diverse intellectual property disclosures and assisting in licensing transactions.  Cathy joined the office in early 2016 and is enthusiastic about aiding faculty and staff in translating their scientific discoveries for the public benefit through commercial partnerships.

    Cathy did her PhD at Columbia University and...

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  • Heather Carrico, MS

    Senior Business Analyst

    Heather joined the UCSF Office of Technology Management (OTM) in October 2013. She handles case and license agreement compliance, including analysis of license agreements for diligence and financial terms and interpretation, reporting and enforcement.

    Prior to joining OTM, she was at Stanford University’s Office of Technology Management for eight years. Heather earned her MS degree from University of San Francisco and her BA from San...

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  • Danielle Casey Callaghan, BA

    Patent Prosecution Analyst

    Danielle is primarily responsible for handling the intake of invention disclosures and compliance with federal and non-profit sponsor reporting obligations. Danielle also contributes to various projects for OTM, which she joined in May 2016.

  • Monica Ravanello

    Strategic Partnerships and IP Manager

    I am excited to have joined the Office of Technology Management (OTM) in June 2020 as a Strategic Partnerships Officer. In this capacity I work closely with the UCSF faculty and researchers to capture and protect Intellectual Property arising from novel research collaborations.

    I earned a Ph.D. in Virology/Microbiology from Oregon State University and a B.A. in Biology from University of Oregon. After two post-doctoral fellowships,...

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  • Marlene Grenon, MD

    Digital Health and AI

    Dr. Marlene Grenon is a practicing physician, scientist and entrepreneur. She currently holds the role of Director of Digital Health at UCSF Innovation Ventures and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at UCSF, where she practices vascular medicine. Dr. Grenon has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Evry Health, as a vascular surgeon at the VAMC San Francisco and has an Adjunct Faculty at the International Space...

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  • Anna Du

    Business Development & EOD Manager

    Anna evaluates market opportunities for novel technologies identified through research conducted at UCSF. She works closely with UCSF faculty and staff on commercialization activities, including start-up formation and IP licensing. Her role facilitates collaborations between the academic, industry, and early-stage investors to inform development of the next big breakthroughs. 

    Anna joined UCSF in 2021. She was previously a life...

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