FirstFridays at OIP-ISR (Speaker: Peter Marx, Chief Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles)

FirstFridays at OIP-ISR (Speaker: Peter Marx, Chief Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles)
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UCLA First Fridays Event:  June 05,  2015


Speaker:  Peter Marx, Chief Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles

Bio:  LA's Mayor Garcetti appointed Peter Marx as the city's first Chief Innovation Technology Officer. A key part of Mayor Garcetti's back to basics agenda, Marx will oversee the implementation of new tools and technologies across L.A. city government better solve problems for residents and make City Hall work more efficiently and effectively. In addition, he will partner with L.A.'s growing tech industry to deploy innovative technology and promote local job creation.

Before joining the Mayor's Office, Marx served as the Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm Labs, Inc., commercializing a variety of emerging technologies. Previously, Marx was the Vice President of the Technology and Digital Studio at Mattel, Inc. where the company received a Webby award, the highest award for excellence in online content. Marx managed Analog Protocol, a media-technology consultancy; served as the Chief Technology Officer for Vivendi-Universal Games and Vice President of Emerging Technologies for Universal Studios; and held engineering and producer positions at Electronic Arts. Early in his career, he served as an engineer on a variety of telemedicine, digital video, radiological imaging, and biomedicine applications for UCLA and 3M Company.


Join us for coffee, bagels and networking the first friday of the month.

Space is limited. Please select the above "Register" button to RSVP.

 ABOUT UCLA FirstFridays

The UCLA Office of Intellectual Property (OIP-ISR) and the UCLA VC Fund co-host a monthly educational series and mixer called UCLA FirstFridays.

The continental breakfast event will occur on the first Friday of every month from 9:00-10:30 in our conference room Suite 210, the Kinross Building.

The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for the campus and local communities to come and meet with our staff and interns, to hear a brief presentation on a variety of topics relevant to intellectual property and entrepreneurship at UCLA and to ask questions and network.

We hope that you can join us!





May 01


Topic:  VC Funds – Structure and Operations


Speaker:  Timothy Spangler, UCLA School of Law


Bio:  Timothy Spangler advises on the structuring and operation of a wide variety of investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, mezzanine funds, film funds and funds of funds. He has experience forming and structuring funds in numerous jurisdictions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Bermuda, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and Ireland.  He also advises regularly on the ongoing compliance obligations of investment management firms under the U.S. Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the U.K. Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.



April 03


Topic:  Blackstone Launchpad Program at UCLA 


Speaker:  Deanna Evans, Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Programs, Startup UCLA


Bio:  Deanna recently was the Manager of Startup UCLA overseeing the operations of the Summer Accelerator along with the entrepreneurship events during the academic year. Deanna’s tenure at UCLA and previously with Columbia College Chicago has provided her with a strong management perspective focused on implementing best practices and academic initiatives in higher education. With a bachelor’s in Psychology and a masters of science in School Counseling Leadership, Deanna’s student counseling background strengthens the Blackstone LaunchPad’s student coaching framework. As Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Programs, Deanna is focused on creating student centered, co-curricular programming to help students see entrepreneurship as a viable career, thus enhancing the student academic experience and expanding career opportunities after graduation 


March 06


Topic:  NSF I-Corps Progam at UCLA


Speaker:  Schaffer Grimm, ITA UCLA


Bio:  Schaffer Grimm is a Business Strategist for the UCLA Engineering Institute for Technology Advancement. In this role he works with professors and UCLA based startups to provide guidance and strategy. He is also the Program Manager for UCLA’s involvement as part of the NSF I-Corps LA Regional Node. Prior to joining the UCLA in 2011, he worked at Northrop Grumman in the Aerospace Sector. There he was the Foundry Services Manager which entailed bringing in and working with commercial companies who accessed Northrop Grumman's advanced semiconductor processes. His responsibilities included leading business development ventures by collaborating with commercial partners. He received his B.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Diego, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. 


February 06


Topic:  Campus-wide Entrepreneurial Activities at the Anderson School

 Speaker:  George Abe, UCLA Anderson

 Bio:  George Abe is a lecturer and Faculty Director of the Strategic Management Research (SMR) Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. His teaching responsibilities include entrepreneurship, business plan development and field study program advisories. SMR is the field study program, required of all Executive MBA students.

 He was Business Development Manager for the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property, which is responsible for patent protection and commercialization of UCLA research. Previously, he was a venture partner with Palomar Ventures, a VC firm in Santa Monica, California. Before Palomar, he was a Business Development Manager at Cisco Systems. Prior to that he was with Infonet Services Corporation (NYSE:IN, now BT) where he designed Infonet's IP data service.

From 1998 until 2006, he was a member of the board of directors of Switchcore AB, a publicly traded fabless semiconductor designer in Sweden. He has also held board of director positions with various startup companies and not-for-profit organizations.

He is the author of Residential Broadband, which presents an analysis of high-speed residential networking, published by Cisco Press. 


January 02

Canceled due to the Holidays




December 05


Topic:  Top Five HR Mistakes Made by Startups

Speaker:  LynneVu, SPHR, Principal Human Capital Consultant, TriNet

Bio:  Lynne joined TriNet in 2013 as a Principal Human Capital Consultant in the Los Angeles office. 

A results-driven professional with over 20 years of experience in the design, development and implementation of human capital processes, Lynne partners with executives on human resources strategy, benefits, employee relations and compliance issues. 

Lynne brings her passion for performance management, training, and employee relations to her work with clients by striving for successful creation and implementation of long-lasting human capital programs. 

Prior to joining TriNet she was an Area Human Resources Manager for KPMG LLP, a Kaizen Coach with the Human Resources team for Toyota Financial Services, and the West Area Business Unit HR Lead for CGI. Lynne has extensive Human Resources experience with many different types of organizations and professional services firms. 

Lynne has a Masters’ of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati with a concentration in Organizational Development, and a double Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Japanese Language/Literature from Indiana University in Bloomington. Lynne is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).



November 07

Topic:  Mentoring for UCLA Entrepreneurs

 Speaker:  John Gillespie, UCLA Entrepreneur-in-Residence


Bio:  John Gillespie has over 30 years of experience in leading and investing in companies. Since 2006, John has invested in and advised multiple entrepreneurial ventures including a development-stage, 3D optics company based in Pasadena, a minor league baseball team and a New York City-based social and cultural club. Previously, John served as Executive Vice President and CFO of The Mentor Network, a nationwide human services company with 24,000 employees and over billion in revenues. In this position, John directed the firm’s finance, IT and HR departments, as well as its debt issuance, securities law compliance, insurance coverage and strategic financial planning. Prior to joining The Mentor Network, John served as an investment banker for 18 years with Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, and Bear Stearns where he led financings totaling over billion, including an innovative debt transaction for constructing the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Additionally, John has authored numerous articles, an award-winning book for Simon & Schuster on the history and reform of corporate governance and a screenplay which sold to Dreamworks. John received an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Harvard College.




October 03

Topic:   App Development Resources at UCLA

Speaker:  Rose Roccio, UCLA OIT, Featuring Code for the Mission App Competition Winners




September 05

Topic:  Investor Secrets – What Startup Investors Want…  But, Don't Tell You

Speaker:  Terrence Yang, Mentor. Seed Investor.

(note:  The "Inventor Secrets" topic was originally scheduled for June 6, and rescheduled to September 5.)




August  01

Topic:  Fundamentals of Corporate Governance for Entrepreneurs

 Speaker:  Professor Al Osborne, UCLA Anderson


Dr. Osborne is professor of Global Economics & Management and founder and faculty director of the Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA.  The Price Center serves to organize all faculty research and student activities and curricula related to the study of entrepreneurship and new business development at UCLA Anderson.



July 04 – Canceled Due to the July 4th Holiday 



June 06

– Announcing UCLA's 1st Annual –

 Code For The Mission App Competition 

The 1st Annual Code for the Mission App Competition will award cash, prizes and placement in UCLA's app store. Winners will be announced at MMWCON in each of the following categories:

  • Exploring the Liberal Arts in the Digital Age
  • Tackling the Big Health Problems (Obesity, High blood Pressure, Stress and Mental Health
  • Closing the U.S. Education Gap

Details Available Here (PDF).



May 02

Theme:  Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs (JOBS Act)

Speaker:  Tim Spangler, UCLA School of Law

Bio:  Timothy Spangler advises on the structuring and operation of a wide variety of investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, mezzanine funds, film funds and funds of funds. He has experience forming and structuring funds in numerous jurisdictions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Bermuda, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and Ireland.  He also advises regularly on the ongoing compliance obligations of investment management firms under the U.S. Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the U.K. Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.



April 04

Theme:   Bruincubate – Entrepreneurial Resources at UCLA – An introduction to UCLA Entrepreneurship Council members, and the launch of the Bruincubate website. 

The Entrepreneurship Council at UCLA is an informal council made up of members from existing groups that offer entrepreneurial services across campus, to all segments to the UCLA community, and at all levels of administration. We stand for the cross-disciplinary promotion of innovation and progress at UCLA to foster a community of entrepreneurship through shared knowledge and support. We connect UCLA to the local community and members of industry.

The Entrepreneurship Council supports the following missions:

  • Coordinating the different entrepreneurship organizations across campus
  • Co-organizing and sponsoring events – bringing together expertise and knowledge from different disciplines and schools
  • Assisting members in finding their co-founders, teams and ideas
  • Connecting members putting members in touch with resources across the different organizations and community
  • Disseminating innovations at UCLA to community
  • Fostering the education of entrepreneurship


As part of the council’s efforts, the website BRUINcubate has been developed to showcase all the groups and resources on campus that can support entrepreneurs.




March 07

Theme:   University Participation in XPRIZE Competitions

 Speaker:  Jeff Nerdin, Senior Director, Business Affairs,



Founded in 1995, XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the leading organization solving the world’s “grand challenges” by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity.

XPRIZE conducts competitions in five Prize Groups: Energy & Environment; Exploration; Global Development; Learning; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the .25 million Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, and the million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. [ XPRIZE.ORG ]



February 07,  2014

Theme:   UCLA-Branded Moblie App Development

Speaker:  Kat Fibiger, OIP-ISR


Bio: Katherine Fibiger joined UCLA's OIP-ISR in July 2007 as a Licensing Officer. Ms. Fibiger is responsible for managing copyrightable works of authorship created at UCLA and assessing commercialization opportunities. Her responsibilities include handling UCLA copyright permissions requests, reviewing IP language, and negotiating licenses and managing their progress to ensure the licensed works of authorship can be commercialized or made available for the public good. In addition, Ms. Fibiger lectures on Intellectual Property topics including protection and commercialization of university intellectual property. Prior to joining UCLA, Ms. Fibiger was a software developer and information technology consultant for 10 years. Ms. Fibiger obtained a bachelor’s degree in management from Babson College, a Master of Information Science from Boston University, and J.D. and Master of Intellectual Property from the UNH School of Law (Franklin Pierce Law Center).




January 07,  2014

Theme:   Canceled due to the Holidays.








December 06 

Theme:  Partnering with Industry and Academia

Speaker:  Miles Gerson, OIP-ISR


Bio: Miles Gerson joined UCLA's OIP-ISR in 2012 as the Managing Officer for Business Development. In this role, he serves as public representative for the Office, helping to promote UCLA intellectual property, identify potential industry sponsors, and expand licensing, spin-out & entrepreneurial activity at UCLA. Prior to UCLA, Miles helped to launch Surefire Medical Inc., a medical device company in Colorado, and served as an analyst for multiple investment firms including, High Country Venture, the CSU Management Fund, a venture fund for emerging research at Colorado State University, and Dag Dvergsten AS, a private equity/venture firm based in Oslo, Norway. Miles holds a JD/MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he specialized in strategic management in life and engineering sciences, and worked with WARF to help guide the commercialization of academic research. Miles also holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University.




November 01

Theme:  Regulatory Issues for Startup

Speaker:  UCLA EIR, Debra Gessner


Debra Gessner has over 25 years of hands-on submissions and management experience in Regulatory Affairs and compliance, including building and heading regulatory, QA Quality and publishing teams, project team leadership, corporate partner management, and due diligence activities. Debra’s regulatory experience encompasses Pre-IND through approval and launch of 5 marketed products. Most recently, Debra spent nearly over four years at Tocagen Inc. as Vice President of Regulatory and Quality Assurance. Her 26 years of drug and biologics development experience comprise VP, Director and Manager-level roles at seven other biotechnology companies in Southern California, including Sirion Therapeutics, Bruin Pharma, Santarus, Collateral Therapeutics, La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co., Viagene, and Gensia. Debra is also actively involved in regulatory teaching and mentoring, having served on the faculty of DIA for over 10 years, as well as speaking and participating in numerous conferences sponsored by UCSD, USD, ASCRP and other professional associations. Debra received an M.Sc. in Regulatory Affairs from San Diego State University, and a B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. 



October 04

Theme:  Mobile Apps in Health Sciences


Spetember 06 

Theme:  Product Prototyping at UCLA – Overview of fabrication, machining, and prototyping at UCLA for cutting-edge product design

Guest Speaker:   Philip Soderlind, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design



August 02

Theme:  Crowdfunding Trends in Academia

Speaker:  Michael Greenberg, CEO, Scalefunder, Inc. 

 ScaleFunder, Inc. serves the higher education community with a dynamic and interactive engagement platform that facilitates micro-donations to university projects. This platform combines the worlds of crowdfunding and university development in a revolutionary engagement platform for alumni, friends and supporters. [ ]



July 05 | Theme: Networking only due to July 4th Holiday



June 07 | Theme: Leveraging SBIR/STTR Federal Grant Programs

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

NeuroComp Systems, Inc. has been highly successful in winning research and development support through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant program.



May 03 | Theme:  Startup UCLA Accelerator – Overview & Latest Developments 


Speaker:  Robert Jadon, Director, Startup UCLA Accelerator 

Bio: Robert Jadon is a technology entrepreneur and investor based in Los Angeles. Robert is currently president of Scale Software, a startup focused on the needs of non-profits, and runs the Startup UCLA Accelerator for web and digital companies. 


Robert’s previous company, Micro Memory, was a leader in the storage networking and DSP markets.  It was acquired by VMETRO, and subsequently Curtiss Wright (NYSE: CW). After leading various product roles, Robert left to pursue angel investing.  Robert is an early investor in AnyMeeting, GotCast, Shift (GraphEffect), TicketMob/LaughStub, Wedgebuster and various other web companies.


Robert is also a manager of the Dauntless Fund, which focuses on consumer-facing web companies, a member of the Tech Coast Angels, and an investor/advisor to the Accelerator based in Venice, CA.



April 05 | Theme:  PortTechLA – Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business Incubator

Speaker:   Stan Tomsic, Executive Director, PortTechLA

Bio: As serial entrepreneur, Stan Tomsic's experience in the technology and green/clean tech industries spans over 25 years. He was founder and co-founder of several companies where he held management, executive and CEO positions. Stan was the administrator of the Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County, an accelerator incubator for high technology entrepreneurial companies. He is a partner of ACODA Technology & Investments, LLC, a firm specializing in strategic assistance, business consulting, investments and mergers and acquisitions for technology and services companies. Stan is also a Pasadena Angel, serves as a member of the board of directors and advisors for several technology companies, and is a member of numerous professional organizations. He is chairman emeritus of the Executive Committee of the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum, co-founder and chairman of the Business Incubation Network of Southern California (BINS) and co-chair of LA Metro for Cleantech Open. Stan frequently presents and speaks on entrepreneurship, incubation and high tech start-ups.


March 01 – canceled due to AUTM Conference


Feb. 01  |  Theme:  "Research Funding Resource" 

  • Funding opportunity databases
  • Elements of a strong proposal
  • Tips for successful grant-writing
  • Research resources at UCLA

Guest Speaker: Jill Sweitzer, Strategic Research Initiatives, UCLA


Jan 04 – canceled due to Holidays



Dec. 7  |  Theme:  "How UCLA can become an Entrepreneurial School" 

Guest Speakers:  Howard Marks, StartEngine and Paul Kessler, Bristol Companies

Howard Marks is the founder and co-chair of StartEngine, Los Angeles' largest startup accelerator, determined to make LA a top tech entrepreneurial city. Marks was the founder and CEO of Acclaim Games (now owned by Disney), and the co-Founder of Activision and Chairman of Activision Studios (1991-1997). In 1991, Marks and a partner transformed ailing video game giant Activision into a B market cap video game industry leader. Marks has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, is bilingual and is a triple national of the U.S., United Kingdom, and France, and has over 30 years of experience as a veteran of the technology industry.

Paul Kessler is Co-Chair of Start Engine and is Principal and Founder of Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC. Mr. Kessler has extensive experience in all aspects of financing emerging growth public/private technology and bio technology companies. Mr. Kessler is recognized as a prolific investor, financier, venture capitalist and operator having completed over 500+ investments. Companies that he has directed investments in, founded, or provided early seed capital to include Allis Chalmers, Contango, Cheniere Energy, Derycz Scientific, The Los Angeles Film School, Genesis Biopharma, Miller Energy, Gamzee, and Filter Foundry.


November 02 | Theme:  LA’s Startup Ecosystem – at a Tipping Point


Speaker:  Adam Winnick, Investor and Entrepreneur


 BIO:  Adam Winnick is a venture partner with GlenmontWest, a "Micro VC" fund focused on Los Angeles. GlenmontWest is also the principal investor in LA's premier startup accelerator, MuckerLab. Adam is also the CEO and Founder of Subblime, which provides YouTube channels a platform to more easily monetize and engage their audience. Adam was previously the President and Co-founder of iCrete, a LA-based provider of collaboration software for concrete producers and their partners. Adam was also the co-founder of ITU Ventures, a seed stage investment firm based in LA, dedicated to helping commercialize technolo

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