UCLA researchers meet investors and industry executives who can help commercialize their cleantech inventions.
” LOS ANGELES — The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Office of Intellectual Property & Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR) is gathering leading innovators and investors in the cleantech industry at its Cleantech & Advanced Materials Industry Partnering Conference today at the UCLA Covel Commons. The conference exemplifies OIP-ISR’s quintessential goal of “driving innovation to market” because it is an opportunity for UCLA researchers to meet investors who can help them commercialize their cleantech products.
2013 has featured many initiatives organized by UCLA OIP-ISR that illustrated its commitment to to the success of green businesses. Among these was its Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program which paired UCLA students, staff and faculty with executives who have invested in a variety of industries. Over the course of this three-month program, the four entrepreneurs who served in this program shared their business expertise directly with members of the UCLA family in consulting roles and to the general public through OIP-ISR’s STARTUPS 101 seminar programs. This group of entrepreneurs included UCLA alumna Sandra Itkoff, a renowned cleantech investor who has also advised cleantech entrepreneurs at the newly formed Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.
One of the OIP-ISR conference’s faculty speakers, UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) Founding Director and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Dr. Rajit Gadh, shared a brief overview of the presentation he will be giving on electric vehicle (EV) technology in a September 2013 email message…”