Principal Technology Commercialization and Licensing Associate
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
Principal Technology Commercialization Associate
Peter works with researchers in areas such as therapeutic applications, diagnostics, and life science research tools & instrumentation. He is involved in assessing potential commercial value of early stage technology research in the biosciences field. He is responsible for identifying and developing relationships with corporate partners, future licensees, investors, and entrepreneurs interested in building startups around the Lab’s technology.
He possesses extensive experience in life sciences which includes business development licensing, commercial planning, and alliance management. He specialized in advancing early stage startups in life science research, such as industrial biotechnology and technology to enable early drug discovery.
B.A., Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley
M.B.A., Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley
Technology Commercialization Associate
Earth & Environmental Sciences; Energy Sciences; and Physical Sciences
Russell works with lab researchers to commercialize their inventions in fields such as nanostructured materials, geophysical modeling software, and high-energy physics devices. He works closely with researchers, patent attorneys, and licensing experts to evaluate the commercial potential of inventions, determine appropriate IP strategies, and partner with outside organizations for commercialization. He is also closely involved in training lab researchers to evaluate inventions, and develop products and services that benefit society.
Prior to Berkeley Lab, he co-founded a startup developing an innovative thermal energy storage technology, and headed operations at a startup offering behavioral economics-inspired financial incentives for health and wellness. During his graduate years, he helped start the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) and the Cleantech to Market (C2M) program.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Technology Commercialization Associate
Shanshan works with researchers in the areas of energy efficiency, energy storage, and renewable energy. She assesses technologies for commercial potential. She works closely with a licensing associate and patent attorneys to determine the appropriate patent protection for a disclosed invention, to develop competitive market analyses and strategies for commercialization, and to generate industry leads for licensing. She also coordinates relevant industry outreach. Additionally, she manages the lab’s participation in Cleantech to Market (C2M), a Haas School of Business course in which teams of business, science and engineering students evaluate the commercial potential of clean energy technologies.
Prior to joining Berkeley Lab, she worked as a marketing consultant for international businesses, including Coca Cola. She initially joined the lab as a marketing specialist, developing marketing collateral and designing/developing the IPO’s first website.
B.A., Economics, Waseda University / Goddard College
M.B.A., Technology Management, San Francisco State University
JBEI Director of Commercialization
Biosciences & JBEI
Peter manages JBEI industry interactions and intellectual property, which includes setting JBEI’s strategic course for technology transfer and partnerships, negotiating licenses and collaborative research terms, and incubating startups.
He possesses extensive experience in the biotechnology industry. He has been active in entrepreneurship, business development and management, licensing and intellectual property, and financing. He co-founded three biotechnology companies (Ventria Bioscience, Viridis, and Bioren), with the most recent acquired by Pfizer. His experience is in all applications of biotechnology with emphasis in industrial and agricultural biotechnology as well as drug discovery/development and “-omics”. His corporate experience includes Calgene, Seminis, Creative Biomolecules and Lipomics, and his technology transfer experience includes Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Biomedical Division/Human Genome Center.
B.A., Economics with Honors, Swarthmore College
M.S., Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University
Engineer Degree, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University