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From Campus to Market: Technology Transfer in the US and Israel

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Former US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro visits Mobileye, one of Israel's most successful technology transfer stories (Photo: US Embassy Tel Aviv/Wikimedia Commons) CC BY 2.0

UCLA's technology transfer head will share insights from his experiences in Israel and compare the two countries' systems for turning university innovations into commercialized products.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
UCLA Anderson A201

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Co-sponsored by the UCLA Anderson School of Management's Center for Global Management, the UCLA School of Law's International and Comparative Law Program and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

About the Talk

How do cutting-edge innovations make their way from university research labs into products sold by for-profit companies? How does the path of technology transfer differ in the United States and "Start-Up Nation"?

Amir Naiberg, the President & CEO of UCLA Technology Development Corporation, will share insights from his experience working at the Weizmann Institute of Science's technology transfer company and serving in his current position at UCLA. During his remarks, Naiberg will compare the two countries in terms of entrepreneurial ecosystems, legal, cultural, and financial issues.

About the Speaker

Amir Naiberg serves as Associate Vice Chancellor and President & CEO of UCLA Technology Development Corporation. The UCLA Technology Development Corporation, a non-profit technology company wholly-owned by UCLA, focuses on better protecting and optimizing the discoveries and inventions developed through UCLA research.

Mr. Naiberg also leads the UCLA Technology Development Group, a campus wide resource that serves as a gateway to innovation, research and entrepreneurship at UCLA. Through this work, he works in concert with several on-campus incubators and accelerators to further advance innovation, entrepreneurship and research at UCLA.

Prior to joining UCLA in August 2016, Mr. Naiberg directed the Yeda Research and Development Co, Ltd., the technology transfer company of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Yeda is ranked as one of the top three technology transfer organizations in the world.

At Yeda, he served for ten years as CEO, following five years as General Counsel. He led the organization’s growth in licensing and business partnerships, while building an entrepreneurial ecosystem with local incubators, investors, and the Israeli government.

Mr. Naiberg is one of the founders of the Israel Technology Transfer Organization (ITTN), a non-profit organization that unites various technology transfer offices throughout Israel. Before joining Yeda, he worked for a private law firm specializing in intellectual property, privacy and cyberspace law.

Mr. Naiberg holds law degrees from the Hebrew University School of Law and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Anderson Center for Global Management, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, International & Comparative Law Program (ICLP) at UCLA School of Law