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Regis Kelly appointed new advisor on UC innovation

Regis Kelly

Senior Advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Regis Kelly

UC President Janet Napolitano announced the appointment of Regis Kelly, director of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) and a UCSF professor emeritus, as UCOP senior advisor on innovation and entrepreneurship, effective Dec. 1.

In this new role, Kelly will report directly to the president to promote and support innovation and entrepreneurship across the UC system. He will work closely with the vice chancellors of research at each campus and with the leadership of UCOP’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies. He will also work to develop external partnerships that drive long-term revenue for the university and maximize the public benefit of UC innovations.

Kelly’s work will complement UC Ventures, a recently announced $250 million fund that will invest in technologies emerging from the university’s 10 campuses and three national laboratories. UC Ventures will use no state or tuition funds.

“Working throughout the UC system to recognize and nurture innovation is an exciting and ambitious endeavor,” Kelly said. “Entrepreneurship can serve the public interest in many ways. I’m committed to identifying more opportunities to convert UC discoveries into services or products that can benefit California and the world, while creating value and jobs along the way.”

A professor emeritus of biochemistry and biophysics and former executive vice chancellor at UCSF, Kelly has served since 2004 as director of QB3, one of the four Governor Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation created by the University of California. He will continue to direct operations at QB3 while taking on his new position.

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