Dr. Tom Campi received his DVM and MPVM degrees from UC Davis in 1989. He is board certified by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Campi currently works for Elanco Animal Health where he has held various positions over the past 25 years. His career path includes roles in poultry technical consulting, regulatory affairs in the US and Western Europe, and technology acquisitions. In the acquisitions role, he was responsible for leading a team of scientists who evaluate medical breakthroughs for their use in preventing and treating important animal diseases.
Anita Choi is an associate in the Intellectual Property Group of Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office. Choi’s practice focuses on cleantech, biofuels, agricultural biotechnology, life sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, molecular diagnostics, and material sciences. She has experience in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, patent portfolio analyses and management, patent due diligence, and freedom-to-operate analyses.
Dr. David Ferrick has over 15 years of R&D experience in drug discovery, clinical development and life science applications. As an industry executive he has transformed three biotechnology research platforms into product pipelines, founded one of those companies, raised over $20M in private equity and established several corporate alliances including Pfizer, Novartis and Boehringer Ingelheim.
Research Expertise: The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies
Professor Andrew B. Hargadon has written extensively on innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly the commercialization science and technology and the management of research and development. He has published numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied publications.
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Keynote Address: Securing a Corporate Partner Early: Living the Dream or Selling Your Soul?
Dr. Michelle Haven is the senior vice president of corporate development and alliances at Zoetis, located in Florham Park, N.J.
Associate Professor, UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine; Co-Founder, Accelerated Medical Diagnostics Inc.
Paul Henderson is an associate professor at the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine and a co-founder of Accelerated Medical Diagnostics Inc. Henderson received his BS in chemistry from the University of Florida in 1992, a PhD in organic chemistry from Georgia Tech in 1999, and was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT from 1999-2002 in the Division of Biological Engineering. His postgraduate work focused on the chemistry of DNA damage, which led him to work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as a biomedical scientist for five years prior to his current positions.
James Kovach, MD, JD, serves as Vice President of Business Development for CrowdOptic, a venture-backed company using real-time sensor data from electronic devices and its own patented CrowdOptic algorithms to identify and track where devices are aimed (focus) and to identify groups of people with the same focus (clusters).
CrowdOptic technology, which includes sensor data smoothing, EXIF data mining and focal analytics, is instantly deployable in a range of mobile applications and technology environments to enhance broadcasting, security, social media sharing and advertising.
Cleveland Justis brings more than 20 years of experience building successful private companies and nonprofits to his role as executive director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Justis leads the institute’s strategic direction, program development, fundraising and relations with relevant academic programs at UC Davis as well as its growing network of partners, donors and sponsors across universities, corporations, investors, entrepreneurs, foundations, and state and federal policy makers.
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Dr. Adam Little is a veterinarian and entrepreneur who works on creative solutions to addressing human and animal health issues. He has a BSc. from the University of Guelph and a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College. During his time at the College, he held a number of leadership positions including serving as class president for all four years. Within the companion animal space, Little has founded multiple ventures at the nexus of technology and the human-animal bond.
Annemarie Meike is a Business Development Executive with responsibility for commercialization of technologies and management of intellectual property portfolios for energy, environment, sensors, wireless technologies and nanomaterials at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory since 2000. Named in 2015 by Intellectual Assets Magazine as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists, she negotiates business partnerships, and coaches and facilitates successful start-up companies, several of which have received prestigious R&D 100 awards.
Dushyant Pathak is associate vice Chancellor for technology management and corporate relations at UC Davis, with responsibility for InnovationAccess, which manages patents, licenses and other matters relating to intellectual property and the Office of Corporate Relations, focused on fostering strategic partnerships with industry.
Byron Roberts was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at UC Davis, where he developed computational models of heart tissue to study the effects of ischemia on anti-arrhythmic drug function.
Associate Director, Venture Catalyst - New Venture Resources, University of California, Davis
Zane Starkewolfe works closely with the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to create new companies based on UC Davis technologies, and helps identify early stage funding for UC Davis researchers engaged in translational research. Starkewolfe has 15 years of experience in science-based entrepreneurship in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and clean energy industries.
Tod Stoltz graduated in 1993 with a degree in molecular biology from UC Davis, where he worked in the laboratory of Ray Rodriguez to develop a plant-based system for production of pharmaceutical proteins. In 1994 he helped move this technology out of UC Davis into a new company called Applied Phytologics Inc. (API), founded by Dr. Rodgriguez and headquartered in Sacramento. He worked there for nine years. He also helped start a small DNA-sequencing company called Davis Sequencing that provides DNA-sequencing services to academic and industrial researchers.
Leigh Thompson is a senior technology scout for the U.S West Coast, responsible for identifying, screening, prioritizing and pursuing a variety of emerging technologies and assessing their viability as business opportunities.
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Founder/Chairman of the California Invention Center and Intellectual Property International LLC
Larry Udell serves as Founder//Chairman of the California Invention Center (1995) and Intellectual Property International LLC (1998). He has created and taught “New Ventures and Entrepreneurship” courses for over 35 years, plus a special course on, “Technology Marketing” at the Cal State Hayward, School of Business and Economics.
Roger Werne has more than 40 years of experience in research and development, including nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, structures and solid mechanics R&D, medical devices, and technology commercialization, including the founding of one startup company. He has led Engineering at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, an organization of over 3,000 engineers, technicians and administrative personnel.
Maelene Wong is co-founder and CEO of ViVita Technologies, Inc., a tissue engineering company founded out of UC Davis following BMEA 2012. She received her Ph.D. from UC Davis in Biomedical Engineering and BS from UC Berkeley in Bioengineering. Currently, Wong is a post-doctoral scholar at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is passionate about translating her research into medical applications to help patients suffering from deteriorating quality of life while awaiting organ transplantation.