THE BRUCE NELSON LECTURE: An SCS Distinguished Lecture

  • Gates&Hillman Centers
  • Rashid Auditorium 4401
  • Chief Innovation and Corporate Partnerships Officer
  • Director, Office of Technology Transfer
  • California Institute of Technology
Distinguished Lecture Series

How to make the world a better place while getting rich: a researcher’s guide

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A new technology that reaches the market most likely finds its roots in a fundamental discovery. Basic researchers have the potential to have direct societal impact when they expand their efforts beyond research and actively engage in turning their ideas into useful technologies. This requires building relationships outside the research world and helping to bridge the gap between the lab and industry. When researchers accept this role, the outcome can be extraordinary: people’s lives may be transformed, new jobs created, and wealth generated for the inventors and their institution. So what’s the problem? Let’s do it then!

Fred Farina is chief innovation and corporate partnerships officer at the California Institute of Technology. His responsibilities include commercializing inventions made at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL/NASA) through the creation of startup ventures and partnerships with established companies. His office is responsible for evaluating inventions, supervising patent prosecution and portfolio management, negotiating licensing deals with industry, assisting Caltech/JPL entrepreneurs with the creation of startup companies and establishing research collaborations with industry. Previously, Farina was at a law firm prosecuting patent applications on various technologies before the U.S. and European patent offices. Earlier, he was a research engineer in the GPS field at JPL and the University of Miami. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquees in Lyon, France, and a master's from Caltech. He is a registered patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

This lecture is hosted in collaboration with the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University.

3:00 pm: Distinguished Donuts

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