Practice Areas

University Startups

Practice Description

Obtaining a license from a technology transfer office is often the first step for our clients and we offer the expertise to assist in the technology transfer process. We understand the difference between academic and commercial environments, and can guide the academic entrepreneur through unfamiliar territory.

We have extensive experience in university technology transfer, having represented technology startup companies spun out of university research laboratories, individual scientists/entrepreneurs, outside businesses licensing university patents and companies entering into sponsored research agreements with universities.

In addition to providing top-notch legal services, we provide feedback on business plans and access to an extensive network of investors and other useful contacts.

University Startup Engagements


Client Inventor/Technology Comments
Abraxis Bioscience / Patrick Soon-Shiong / California Capital Equity, LLC Various Abraxis BioScience was a fully integrated global biotechnology company that has since been acquired by Celgene Corporation. Patrick Soon-Shiong is a super-angel with many investments, public and private, and Cal Cap is one of his investment vehicles
Pictor Labs, Inc. Aydogan Ozcan / AI driven virtual staining technology for tissue analysis for drug research and clinical labs Investors: Merck Ventures, Koc Group
IntelliFlux Controls, Inc. Subir Bhattacharjee General outside counsel, organization, financing
Librede, Inc. Cannabinoid production in yeast Sold to Lygos
Millibatt, Inc. Battery technology Y Combinator funded

Johns Hopkins Medical

Client Inventor/Technology Comments
Stocastic, LLC Artificial intelligence-based clinical decision support for hospital emergency departments Acquired by Beckman Coulter, October 2022.


Client Inventor/Technology Comments
SAFCell, Inc. Calum Chisholm, Sossina Haile Highly efficient technology for storage, transportation and use of green hydrogen.
Fastsoft Prof. Steven Low / Internet transmission acceleration software Rapid internet download software; product on market; Series A funding from angels and Miramar Ventures, venture loan from Silicon Valley Bank. Sold to Akamai Technologies.
Gevo Prof. Frances Arnold / Genetic engineering of organisms for efficient production of biofuels Series A from Khosla Ventures 2005; Series B from Virgin Fuels 2007; IP licensed from UCLA and University of Illinois in addition to original Caltech license
Phasebridge Ronald T. Logan, Jr., Ph.D. / hybrid fiber optical networking modules Series A and B funding from Clearstone Ventures, Intel Capital, TriQuint Semiconductor; sold to Emcore Corporation in 2005
Protabit, LLC Stephen L. Mayo
Barry D. Olafson
Benjamin D. Allen /
Computational protein design software
Monsanto investment; licenses from Caltech and Duke

University of Southern California

Client Inventor/Technology Comments
C&C BioPharma Xiojiang Chen Entity Formation, University License and Financing
PhosphoTheraPeutics, LLC Nunzio Bottini / Protein tyrosine phosphatase assays Organization and USC License

UC Irvine

Client Inventor/Technology Comments
NOOR Sciences Inc. Fluorescence microscopy-based method to discriminate metabolic states of germ cells in living tissue Patent license from UC Irvine


Client Inventor/Technology Comments
Diatech Oncology Assay for determining effectiveness of cancer drug for a particular patient / cancer Angel funded

Arizona State University

Client Inventor/Technology Comments
Sequitur Health Medical devices for disease diagnosis with biomarker detection in body fluids National Science Foundation funded

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