Rosibel Ochoa to Lead Technology Commercialization Initiatives at UC Riverside

Ochoa's experience includes service at universities, in industry, and in entrepreneurship.

Rosibel Ochoa is the associate vice chancellor for technology partnerships in the Office of Research and Economic Development. UCR file photo

Rosibel Ochoa, Ph.D. has joined UC Riverside as associate vice chancellor for technology partnerships in the Office of Research and Economic Development.  In the position, she will focus on increasing UCR’s momentum in research advancement and the commercialization of faculty and student discoveries.

Ochoa comes to the position with experience that includes service at universities, in industry, and in entrepreneurship.

For the past decade, she worked at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, where she was executive director of the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center, senior executive director of entrepreneurism and leadership programs, and since 2013, program director of the UC San Diego NSF-funded I-Corps site,

In her work at UC San Diego, Ochoa created and implemented regional and international programs aimed at providing a commercialization platform to accelerate the transfer of university discoveries from the laboratory to the private sector. She also developed innovation training programs for international partners in Asia and Latin America.

In 2011, Ochoa co-founded My Startup XX, a business accelerator funded by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovator Alliance, now Venture Well, to foster female scientist and engineer participation in entrepreneurship. The program has received two national awards from the Small Business Administration and Athena’s San Diego Pinnacle Award for best organization in 2014.

In 2006, she founded TekDome, LLC, a consulting company that provided expert advice on strategies for intellectual property development, commercialization and licensing support. TekDome delivered consulting services to the Research Triangle Institute (North Carolina), the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Louisville and several faculty-led startup companies.

Prior to TekDome, Ochoa was associate director of the Office of Technology Licensing and manager of the Industry Contracts Group, Georgia Institute of Technology.  Previously, she served as licensing manager for Motorola’s Energy Systems Group.

Ochoa holds a master’s and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville.

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