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University of California to Host Conference for Industry

University of California to Host Conference for Industry

Focus Will Be on Doing Business with the University of California’s Southern Campuses

(September 28, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The five Southern California campuses of the University of California are coming together to showcase A New Age in UC Technology Commercialization.

Technology managers from UC Riverside, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine will present their campus capabilities and programs, and discuss ways in which industry can take best advantage of the immense resources and technology base these campuses offer.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, at the Hyatt Newporter, Newport Beach, Calif., from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Panel discussions will also take place among senior corporate executives, experienced venture capitalists, CEOs, entrepreneurs and faculty researchers who have established successful relationships with UC and started companies founded on UC technology.

The program will serve to highlight the connection between UC campuses and the technology business community in Southern California. Attendees will discover what is involved in establishing technology licensing and research collaboration relationships. They will also gain access to several thousand technologies via a unique Web portal, in addition to gaining access to UC matching grants in collaboration with UC researchers. Event attendees will also have the valuable opportunity to network with the technology transfer staffs of UC’s five Southern California campuses.

“This event is designed to promote the exchange of ‘rapidly developing’ new innovations with business, community and industry,” said Charles Louis, vice chancellor for research at UCR. “This seminar is targeted at the business community to highlight new UC technology positioned for commercialization and to accelerate and foster technology transfer and growth in Southern California.”

Two companies with technology transfer and research ties to UCR -- Pacific Fuel Cells and ISCA Technologies -- will be participating in the conference.

The seminar also will showcase an exhibition on investment opportunities, and feature start-up companies founded on UC technologies. Technology company executives, venture capitalists, investors, entrepreneurs and service providers to the technology business community are encouraged to attend the seminar and exhibition.

“This event represents a tremendous opportunity for Southern California businesses to network, connect with UC’s technology transfer professionals and to learn how to establish mutually beneficial relationships with UC’s southern campuses,” said Chris Buydos, executive director, governmental & community relations and technology corporations, UCR.

Presentations from UC officials will include:
• Top Issues Involving UC/Industry Agreements — Campus presentations from UCLA, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara representatives.
• Partnering Challenges and Opportunities between UC and Established Companies — A panel of experienced company executives will discuss key issues and lessons learned in licensing and research alliances between established companies and UC.
• UC Discovery Grant Matching Grants Program — Susanne Huttner, UC Associate Vice Provost shares details about UC’s grant program.
• Top Issues Regarding Start-ups Founded on UC Technology — Campus presentations from UC San Diego and UC Irvine representatives.
• Panel Discussion: So You Want To Start A Company — Hear first-hand from venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and faculty inventors who have leveraged university technology with start-up companies.

Tickets for the event cost $80 and can be purchased online or at the door. A $40 discount will be applied to all university faculty/staff, UC students and start-up company employees. For more information or to register for the event, please contact Jacci Cenci-McGrody at (949) 824-3425, via e-mail at, or visit the Web at

The conference is being sponsored by a UC Discovery Grant in partnership with the Orange County Technology Action Network (OCTANe) and the OCTANe@UCI initiative.

About the University of California
The five Southern California UC campuses collectively employ over 5,600 science and technology-oriented faculty researchers, conduct $2 billion annually in extramurally funded research, generate 800 new inventions in 2004-2005 with a current active portfolio of 4,600 intellectual properties and have helped start 191 companies founded on UC technology over the last five years.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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