- Compliance Specialist and Agreements Associate
- (510) 329-6267
Vanessa collaborates closely with the technology and copyright commercialization, licensing, and operations teams to ensure that Berkeley Lab’s licensees remain in compliance under their respective licensing agreements with regard to reporting and financial obligations. She is responsible for maintaining compliance records in Sophia, an IPO database, for license components such as completion of technology development milestones, satisfactory submission of progress reports, and timely payment of royalty and other licensing fees.Additionally, Vanessa negotiates non-disclosure and material transfer agreements (NDAs and MTAs) that facilitate research between Berkeley Lab and various external parties, both academic and commercial. These agreements involve numerous scientific disciplines, including research conducted by the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU), the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI).Before joining the IPO team, Vanessa worked as a law clerk, focusing on civil litigation, for a small East Bay Area law firm and as a litigation legal analyst at Chevron headquarters in San Ramon, California.
- B.A., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley;
- J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law