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News Bulletin - June, 2013  
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UC Regents Approve New Subsidiary to Advance Technology Transfer at UCLA
Brendan Rauw
Dear Colleagues,

There are big changes afoot for OIP-ISR at UCLA. In August 2011, Distinguished Professor Bill Ouchi of the UCLA Anderson School of Management put forward the recommendation that the Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR) be overseen by an independent 501 (c)(3) entity with an external Board of Directors. On May 16th, the Regents of the University of California granted their unanimous approval of this proposal – a first for the University of California system.

This means that we will have a board of experienced executives – with background in industry, venture capital, and technology licensing – to advise on industry relationships and the advancement of UCLA research for the benefit of society.

While our staff remain a part of UCLA, this change brings great promise and a new wealth of experience to OIP-ISR. In addition to the Board, which remains to be selected, we have launched an  Entrepreneur-In-Residence program with four experienced executives who have committed to volunteer their time to advise aspiring entrepreneurs on the UCLA campus.

We look forward to working with you, and leveraging the experience these new resources will bring to OIP-ISR.


Brendan Rauw 
Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Entrepreneurship .


UCLA Responds to Growing Industry Trend: Innovation Portals & Competition RFPs for Sponsored Research
OIP-ISR Offers Guidance to UCLA Faculty to Review Proposals for Confidentiality & UC Policy Compliance Issues.

Reminder to Faculty:  Industry is increasingly launching request for proposal programs and award competitions for sponsored research. Before submitting information to these programs, please contact OIP-ISR to ensure that the terms of the programs comply with UC policy and to advise on the appropriate route for submission. Faculty are reminded that only non-confidential information should be submitted in proposals for approved programs, but please contact OIP-ISR if you have any questions. Please contact us at: innovation@research.ucla.edu

"Fast Track or End Run?"

"These days many research universities are constantly looking for new grant competitions and encouraging their faculty members to apply. On Friday, the University of California at Los Angeles took the unusual step of telling professors not to apply to a major new grant competition from a pharmaceutical company, saying that the program violated university rules.

An e-mail marked "urgent" was sent Friday to all faculty members and deans about the Discovery Fast Track Competition, which was just announced this month and for which the sponsor -- GlaxoSmithKline -- is approaching faculty members directly, bypassing technology transfer offices at universities..."

[ Read Full Article - includes interview/comments by AVC Rauw ]


Startup Savvy: UCLA Alumnus Describes Entrepreneurship Experience
OIP offers new programs and opportunities geared toward faculty and student entrepreneurs.

It dawned on him during a train ride from Mountain View, Calif. and developed into a full-fledged business plan by the time the train pulled into San Francisco 45 minutes later.

Self-described serial entrepreneur and UCLA alumnus Jun Loayza has used ideas – like the one he and his friend Stephen Johnson, also a UCLA alumnus who interned at Loayza’s first start up and later became his business partner, stumbled upon during the train ride three years ago – to create seven companies in the past six years.

Out of his seven companies, which include social media applications, Loayza said four of the projects were successful. One of his projects, Lionstep Media has worked on campaigns for Sephora and Whole Foods.

But entrepreneurship is not as simple as just thinking of a good idea...

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UCLA Licensee, Kite Pharma Inc., Completes $35 Million Financing Round
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Funding to Support Clinical and Manufacturing Activities of Novel Cancer Immunotherapuetics.

Kite Pharma Inc. (Kite), a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing innovative targeted immunotherapies for cancer, announced May 15, 2013 that it has closed a $20 million private placement of shares of its Series A Preferred Stock. In addition to the $20 million in new funds, Kite converted $15 million in outstanding promissory notes into shares of Series A Preferred Stock. Joined by a new investor, Alta Partners, all existing major investors participated in the financing, including Kite's Founder and Executive Chairman, Arie Belldegrun, M.D., David Bonderman, Pontifax Ltd., Commercial Street Capital, and Michael Milken. 

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    Quest PharmaTech Signs License Agreement with UCLA for anti - PSA IgE
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    Licensed Technology Platform Includes Three Pending Patent Applications.

    Quest PharmaTech Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing and commercializing products for the treatment of cancer, announces that it has recently signed an exclusive license agreement with University of California at Los Angeles to develop and market anti-PSA IgE technology for the treatment of cancer.

    The technology was developed by Professor Manuel Penichet and Dr. Tracy Daniels-Wells in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Nicodemus among others. It covers the use of immunotherapeutic IgE in development for treatment of patients with malignancies expressing the tumor-associated antigen PSA, which is associated with prostate cancer.

    [ Read Full Press Release ]
    [ Quest PharmaTech ]


    @ OIP

    Date: June 07, 2013 
    Time: 9am-10:30am
    Place: Kinross Bldg., Suite 210

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

    "Leveraging SBIR/STTR Federal Grant Programs."

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    La Kretz Innovation Campus - Ground-breaking Celebration

    Date: June 19, 2013
    Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Place: DTLA

    Topic:  "Celebration to mark the groundbreaking of LACI's future home - La Kretz Innovation Campus"

    [ Info & Registration  ]


    June 12, 2013
    9:00am - 7:pm
    Place: ROC, Santa Monica

    First Look L.A. supports, nurtures and stimulates our unique culture in Southern California, while furthering L.A.s position as a center for start-ups and emerging technology.

    In addition to the presenters, venture capitalists and early stage angel investors attend the event, along with local elected officials, business leaders and senior administrators from the universities.

             [ More Info ] 

    Patent Image
    UCLA patents recently issued by the USPTO:

    8,449,875  Targeting pseudotyped retroviral vectors | Irvin S.Y. Chen, et al.

    8,442,353  Incorporation of mathematical constraints in methods for dose reduction and image enhancement in tomography | Jianwei Miao, et al.

    8,440,952  Methods for optical amplified imaging using a two-dimensional spectral brush | Bahram Jalali, et al.

    8,432,153  Time stretch enhanced recording scope | Bahram Jalali, et al.

    8,421,035  High-resolution microscope using optical amplification | Jia-Ming Liu, et al.

    8,416,033  Compact dual-band metamaterial-based hybrid ring coupler | Tatsuo Itoh, et al.

    8,415,089  Single-mask double-patterning lithography | Puneet Gupta, et al.


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