Rubén Flores-Saaib Appointed Associate Director of Licensing

Rubén Flores-SaaibThe USC Stevens Center for Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of Rubén Flores-Saaib as Associate Director of Licensing.

Flores-Saaib will join the office on April 22, 2019, and report to Michael Arciero, Director of Technology Licensing and New Ventures. As an associate director of licensing, Flores-Saaib will evaluate potential licenses, develop commercialization strategies, and determine the level of need for the protection of university intellectual property. He will also support and consult with USC inventors, maintain existing university licensing agreements, and oversee licensing compliance.

“We look forward to Rubén’s leadership of our physical and information sciences portfolio, which is a critical part of the university’s research enterprise,” said Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director. “His appointment demonstrates the Stevens Center’s continued commitment to translate the discoveries of USC researchers into products and services that improve human lives, solve problems, and fuel economic growth.”

Flores-Saaib has more than 15 years of experience in both corporate and academic research, business development, and technology commercialization. Most recently, he was the Director of the Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) at UC San Diego, leading a team of 18 licensing, intellectual property, marketing managers and assistant directors at the largest technology transfer office of the UC system. During his tenure, the OIC doubled the annual number of startups and increased licenses by 50 percent.

Flores-Saaib’s previous experience includes positions with Biosite (now Inverness), Chemicon (now Millipore-Sigma), and the Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. In 2016 he co-founded the San Diego Innovation Council, a nonprofit organization that brings together academic research technology transfer offices in San Diego along with investors, incubators, and government programs supporting academic startups.

Flores-Saaib earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and biochemistry at UCLA, where he studied the molecular basis of embryological development.