University of Southern California

Donaldson Santos

Donaldson Santos

Director of Licensing and New Ventures

Donaldson is the Director of Licensing and New Ventures. He has nearly 20 years of experience in academic and industry technology transfer, including at the Office of Technology Development at The Scripps Research Institute where he served as the Associate Director, Licensing. At TSRI, he was responsible for technology licensing, startup formation, and corporate sponsored research agreements.

Prior to joining TSRI, Donaldson was a Licensing Associate here at the USC Office of Technology Licensing where he gained more than five years of experience in the evaluation, protection, marketing, and licensing of inventions in a wide variety of life science-related fields, including chemistry, oncology, gene therapy, biology, and immunology. He also assisted in the creation of USC faculty startup companies.

Before his licensing career, Donaldson was a technical sales representative for Stratagene (acquired by Agilent Technologies), selling and marketing life science tools and instruments to academic and commercial biotech customers.

Donaldson has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and is a Certified Licensing Professional. He is an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executives Society.