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Paul Roben, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation and Commercialization

Paul Roben, Ph.D., is Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation and Commercialization. His office has established a campus-wide innovation platform in service of three goals. 

  1. Build a systemic and sustainable innovation culture
  2. Create a vibrant regional ecosystem, and
  3. Accelerate the commercialization of UC San Diego inventions. 

Working with the Vice Chancellor for Research in this position since June 2015, Paul Roben, Ph.D., is transforming the functions provided by the Technology Transfer Office, Industry Research Alliances, and Industry Contracting into an integrated organization to include patenting, strategic corporate research partnering and industry contracts. Previously, he was Senior Director of Office Technology Development at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, working with multiple academic institutes to develop strategic processes to drive innovation alliances, and help translate their research programs into products for patients and society.

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Marquise Coney

Office of Innovation and Commercialization aims to accelerate the commercialization of UC San Diego innovations through a collection of dynamic programs that assist entrepreneurs and researchers throughout the entire innovation and commercialization cycle from idea to disclosure and patent process through commercialization. OIC contributes to the university’s world-class innovation ecosystem by empowering a diverse entrepreneurial culture on campus.