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Amir Naiberg: UCLA Technology Development Group

Amir Naiberg has been the associate vice-chancellor and CEO and president of UCLA Technology Development Group since 2016, when he moved from having led Yeda, the tech transfer arm of Weizmann Institute of Science.

He joins us on Talking Tech Transfer to discuss the responsibilities of leading the tech transfer office of the US’s number one ranked public university and to ponder the intricacies of being part of a larger university system.

He also tells us about the differences between Israel and the US, tackles the criticism, uncovered by the UC Regents, that UC campuses can be difficult to negotiate with, and admits that remote working has actually made it more challenging to find tech transfer practitioners.

And because you cannot talk about Los Angeles without thinking of Hollywood, he also reveals why the snowflakes in Frozen didn’t generate any licensing income.

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