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Paul Roben

Associate Vice Chancellor
UC San Diego

Paul Roben, Ph.D., was named Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Commercialization at UC San Diego in June 2015. Working with the Vice Chancellor for Research, AVC Roben has transformed the functions of the Technology Transfer Office, Industry Research Alliances, and Industry Contracting into an integrated organization. He oversees the Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC), with a mission to accelerate the commercialization of UC San Diego innovations and contribute to a sustainable society, by empowering a diverse entrepreneurial culture on campus, and strengthening a dynamic regional innovation ecosystem. Under his leadership, OIC has taken a collaborative approach, working with campus and community partners to launch new initiatives and enhance the existing ecosystem by identifying underserved innovation and entrepreneurship needs. Previously he was Senior Director of Office Technology Development at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, working with multiple academic institutes to develop strategic processes to drive innovation alliances, and help translate their research programs into products for patients and society. He guided the formation of multiple new start-up companies and was responsible for the negotiation of a broad spectrum of technology licenses to industry. As a key member of Ireland’s Innovation Taskforce (2009 to present), he co-authored a national economic-development plan for Ireland, among other achievements. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology, as well as his Ph.D., at Dublin City University in Ireland, and studied as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Greg Silverman at UC San Diego.


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