USC Stevens Center for Innovation Appoints Associate Director of Licensing, Life Sciences

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of Donaldson Santos as Associate Director of Licensing for Life Sciences.

Santos joined the office on December 4, 2017 and is leading the life science licensing team that supports the USC Stevens Center for Innovation’s mission to maximize the translation of USC research into products for public benefit through licenses, collaborations, and the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation. Santos’ appointment demonstrates USC’s continued commitment to the efficient commercialization of USC innovations.

Santos has over fifteen years of experience supporting both corporate and academic research. He has been in the Office of Technology Development at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) for the past ten years where he most recently served as the Associate Director, Licensing. At TSRI, he was responsible for technology licensing, start-up formation, and corporate sponsored research agreements. Prior to joining TSRI, Donaldson was a Licensing Associate here at the University of Southern California’s 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. Santos also assisted in the creation of faculty start-up companies.

Previous to his licensing career, Santos 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. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

–by USC Stevens Center for Innovation, published December 21, 2017