Innovation and Partnerships Office

Licensing Staff

Sebastian Ainslie

Sebastian Ainslie

Sebastian Ainslie
Principal Technology Commercialization and Licensing Associate
Computing Sciences
415-424-4741 (Mobile)

Sebastian is responsible for developing commercialization and licensing opportunities in areas of computing sciences such as computational research, scientific networking and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). His objective is to strengthen relationships between Berkeley Lab, industry and the community. His duties include negotiating technology pricing, licenses, and other intellectual property agreements.

Sebastian has extensive commercialization and licensing experience. Previously, he worked at Dolby Labs, Macrovision and RealNetworks. He started his career at BP Exploration (business graduate intake). At Dolby Labs, he helped with the standards patent licensing pool for MPEG 4 AAC. Prior to this, he worked in the banking, multi-media & video game industries and was a founding member of a technology startup in Silicon Valley.

B.S. Honors Geology, City of London Polytechnic


Virginia de la Puente

Virginia de la Puente

Virginia de la Puente
Principal Licensing Associate
Biosciences & JBEI

Virginia negotiates licensing agreements for lab technology in different areas of biosciences including cancer research, DNA damage and repair, genomic analysis, developmental biology, and biofuels. She is responsible for addressing issues related to patent protection, copyright, and other intellectual property issues. She also handles bailments for specialized medical research needs.

Her prior experience includes negotiating and drafting technology agreements for the University of California, Office of Tech Transfer (UCOTT) and Abgenix (now Amgen).

B.S., Biochemistry, University of California, Davis
J.D., University of San Francisco
Member of the State Bar of California
Registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office



Catherine Koh

Catherine S. Koh
Senior Licensing Associate
Energy Technology Area

Catherine is responsible for negotiating licensing agreements in areas of energy technology such as energy storage, energy-efficiency-related software, advanced materials for alternative energy sources, and nanotechnology. She also ensures proper handling of aspects of intellectual property arising from licensing agreements. Her objective is to deepen relationships between Berkeley Lab, industry and the community.

She possesses extensive licensing experience, which includes her work in the technology transfer offices (TTOs) at Yale University, Mayo Clinic, and University of Iowa. Her career in technology transfer began with internships at Children’s Hospital of Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital.  She has successfully licensed a wide spectrum of technologies from different disciplines.

B.A., Biological Sciences, Harvard University
M.B.A., Healthcare Management, Boston University Questrom School of Business
M.S., Computer Science, University of New Haven
Certified Licensing Professional
Advanced Project Management, Stanford University
Senior Professional Certificate, Bioinformatics, University of New Haven