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First Fridays @OIP


Friday, March 7, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

First Fridays @OIP

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OIP-ISR First Fridays Event:  March 07,  2013

Theme:   University Participation in XPRIZE Competitions

 Speaker:  Jeff Nerdin, Senior Director, Business Affairs,



Founded in 1995, XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the leading organization solving the world’s “grand challenges” by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity.

XPRIZE conducts competitions in five Prize Groups: Energy & Environment; Exploration; Global Development; Learning; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, and the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. [ XPRIZE.ORG ]

Join us for coffee, bagels and networking the first friday of the month.

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 ABOUT First Fridays @ OIP-ISR

The UCLA Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) is pleased to host a monthly educational series and mixer called First Fridays @OIP.

The continental breakfast event will occur on the first Friday of every month from 9:00-10:30 in our conference room Suite 210, the Kinross Building.

The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for the campus and local communities to come and meet with our staff and interns, to hear a brief presentation on a variety of topics relevant to intellectual property and entrepreneurism at UCLA and to ask questions and network.

We hope that you can join us!





OIP-ISR First Fridays Event:  February 07,  2013


Theme:   UCLA-Branded Moblie App Development


Speaker:  Kat Fibiger, OIP-ISR


Bio: Katherine Fibiger joined UCLA's OIP-ISR in July 2007 as a Licensing Officer. Ms. Fibiger is responsible for managing copyrightable works of authorship created at UCLA and assessing commercialization opportunities. Her responsibilities include handling UCLA copyright permissions requests, reviewing IP language, and negotiating licenses and managing their progress to ensure the licensed works of authorship can be commercialized or made available for the public good. In addition, Ms. Fibiger lectures on Intellectual Property topics including protection and commercialization of university intellectual property. Prior to joining UCLA, Ms. Fibiger was a software developer and information technology consultant for 10 years. Ms. Fibiger obtained a bachelor’s degree in management from Babson College, a Master of Information Science from Boston University, and J.D. and Master of Intellectual Property from the UNH School of Law (Franklin Pierce Law Center).






OIP-ISR First Fridays Event:  January 07,  2013


Theme:   Canceled due to the Holidays.







December 06 | Theme:  Partnering with Industry and Academia


Speaker:  Miles Gerson, OIP-ISR


Bio: Miles Gerson joined UCLA's OIP-ISR in 2012 as the Managing Officer for Business Development. In this role, he serves as public representative for the Office, helping to promote UCLA intellectual property, identify potential industry sponsors, and expand licensing, spin-out & entrepreneurial activity at UCLA. Prior to UCLA, Miles helped to launch Surefire Medical Inc., a medical device company in Colorado, and served as an analyst for multiple investment firms including, High Country Venture, the CSU Management Fund, a venture fund for emerging research at Colorado State University, and Dag Dvergsten AS, a private equity/venture firm based in Oslo, Norway. Miles holds a JD/MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he specialized in strategic management in life and engineering sciences, and worked with WARF to help guide the commercialization of academic research. Miles also holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University.





November 01 | Theme:  Regulatory Issues for Startup

Speaker:  UCLA EIR, Debra Gessner


Debra Gessner has over 25 years of hands-on submissions and management experience in Regulatory Affairs and compliance, including building and heading regulatory, QA Quality and publishing teams, project team leadership, corporate partner management, and due diligence activities. Debra’s regulatory experience encompasses Pre-IND through approval and launch of 5 marketed products. Most recently, Debra spent nearly over four years at Tocagen Inc. as Vice President of Regulatory and Quality Assurance. Her 26 years of drug and biologics development experience comprise VP, Director and Manager-level roles at seven other biotechnology companies in Southern California, including Sirion Therapeutics, Bruin Pharma, Santarus, Collateral Therapeutics, La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co., Viagene, and Gensia. Debra is also actively involved in regulatory teaching and mentoring, having served on the faculty of DIA for over 10 years, as well as speaking and participating in numerous conferences sponsored by UCSD, USD, ASCRP and other professional associations. Debra received an M.Sc. in Regulatory Affairs from San Diego State University, and a B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. 



October 04 | Theme:  Mobile Apps in Health Sciences


Spetember 06 | Theme:  Product Prototyping at UCLA - Overview of fabrication, machining, and prototyping at UCLA for cutting-edge product design


Guest Speaker:   Philip Soderlind, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design



August 02 | Theme:  Crowdfunding Trends in Academia

Speaker:  Michael Greenberg, CEO, Scalefunder, Inc. 

 ScaleFunder, Inc. serves the higher education community with a dynamic and interactive engagement platform that facilitates micro-donations to university projects. This platform combines the worlds of crowdfunding and university development in a revolutionary engagement platform for alumni, friends and supporters. [ ]



July 05 | Theme: Networking only due to July 4th Holiday



June 07 | Theme: Leveraging SBIR/STTR Federal Grant Programs

 Speaker: James P. O'Halloran, President, NeuroComp Systems, Inc.

NeuroComp Systems, Inc. has been highly successful in winning research and development support through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant program.



May 03 | Theme:  Startup UCLA Accelerator - Overview & Latest Developments 


Speaker:  Robert Jadon, Director, Startup UCLA Accelerator 

Bio: Robert Jadon is a technology entrepreneur and investor based in Los Angeles. Robert is currently president of Scale Software, a startup focused on the needs of non-profits, and runs the Startup UCLA Accelerator for web and digital companies. 


Robert’s previous company, Micro Memory, was a leader in the storage networking and DSP markets.  It was acquired by VMETRO, and subsequently Curtiss Wright (NYSE: CW). After leading various product roles, Robert left to pursue angel investing.  Robert is an early investor in AnyMeeting, GotCast, Shift (GraphEffect), TicketMob/LaughStub, Wedgebuster and various other web companies.


Robert is also a manager of the Dauntless Fund, which focuses on consumer-facing web companies, a member of the Tech Coast Angels, and an investor/advisor to the Accelerator based in Venice, CA.



April 05 | Theme:  PortTechLA - Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business Incubator

Speaker:   Stan Tomsic, Executive Director, PortTechLA

Bio: As serial entrepreneur, Stan Tomsic's experience in the technology and green/clean tech industries spans over 25 years. He was founder and co-founder of several companies where he held management, executive and CEO positions. Stan was the administrator of the Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County, an accelerator incubator for high technology entrepreneurial companies. He is a partner of ACODA Technology & Investments, LLC, a firm specializing in strategic assistance, business consulting, investments and mergers and acquisitions for technology and services companies. Stan is also a Pasadena Angel, serves as a member of the board of directors and advisors for several technology companies, and is a member of numerous professional organizations. He is chairman emeritus of the Executive Committee of the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum, co-founder and chairman of the Business Incubation Network of Southern California (BINS) and co-chair of LA Metro for Cleantech Open. Stan frequently presents and speaks on entrepreneurship, incubation and high tech start-ups.


March 01 – canceled due to AUTM Conference


Feb. 01  |  Theme:  "Research Funding Resource" 

  • Funding opportunity databases
  • Elements of a strong proposal
  • Tips for successful grant-writing
  • Research resources at UCLA

Guest Speaker: Jill Sweitzer, Strategic Research Initiatives, UCLA


Jan 04 – canceled due to Holidays



Dec. 7  |  Theme:  "How UCLA can become an Entrepreneurial School" 

Guest Speakers:  Howard Marks, StartEngine and Paul Kessler, Bristol Companies

Howard Marks is the founder and co-chair of StartEngine, Los Angeles' largest startup accelerator, determined to make LA a top tech entrepreneurial city. Marks was the founder and CEO of Acclaim Games (now owned by Disney), and the co-Founder of Activision and Chairman of Activision Studios (1991-1997). In 1991, Marks and a partner transformed ailing video game giant Activision into a $14B market cap video game industry leader. Marks has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, is bilingual and is a triple national of the U.S., United Kingdom, and France, and has over 30 years of experience as a veteran of the technology industry.

Paul Kessler is Co-Chair of Start Engine and is Principal and Founder of Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC. Mr. Kessler has extensive experience in all aspects of financing emerging growth public/private technology and bio technology companies. Mr. Kessler is recognized as a prolific investor, financier, venture capitalist and operator having completed over 500+ investments. Companies that he has directed investments in, founded, or provided early seed capital to include Allis Chalmers, Contango, Cheniere Energy, Derycz Scientific, The Los Angeles Film School, Genesis Biopharma, Miller Energy, Gamzee, and Filter Foundry.


November 02 | Theme:  LA’s Startup Ecosystem – at a Tipping Point


Speaker:  Adam Winnick, Investor and Entrepreneur


 BIO:  Adam Winnick is a venture partner with GlenmontWest, a "Micro VC" fund focused on Los Angeles. GlenmontWest is also the principal investor in LA's premier startup accelerator, MuckerLab. Adam is also the CEO and Founder of Subblime, which provides YouTube channels a platform to more easily monetize and engage their audience. Adam was previously the President and Co-founder of iCrete, a LA-based provider of collaboration software for concrete producers and their partners. Adam was also the co-founder of ITU Ventures, a seed stage investment firm based in LA, dedicated to helping commercialize technology from the nation's leading research institutions. Adam has an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Econ from Tufts University.  He also grew up in Los Angeles.


October 05 | Theme:  Startup UCLA - Phase II


Speaker:  Michael Greenberg


Startup UCLA seeks to develop a culture of startup thinking on campus. We strive to connect students with alumni who are successful in the entrepreneurial world; to give students opportunities to learn the basics of startup thinking; and to provide a community in which students can develop and launch their early-stage ideas. With the graduation of our first accelerator class, Startup UCLA is now focusing on a growth strategy for Phase II of the program. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Creating a Bruin-centric angel network
  • Establishing a student seed fund
  • Integration into the UCLA entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Crafting a campus-wide entrepreneurship curriculum
  • Building partnerships with the external startup community (i.e. internship pipelines, roadshows, etc.)



September  07 Inaugural Event | Theme:  UC Proof of Concept Fund


Speaker:  Emily Loughran



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When & Where

Kinross Building
11000 Kinross, Suite 210
Westwood, CA 90095

Friday, March 7, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

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The UCLA Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR) hosts and co-sponsors seminars, conferences, and networking events designed to help guide UCLA inventors form startups, protecting intellectual property, and develop collaborations with industry.


OIP-ISR events also provide unique opportunities for entrepreneurs and industry executives to meet UCLA faculty researchers developing the next wave of innovation at UCLA.

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