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Eugene Cochran

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Sr. Licensing Manager and Sector Director Physical Sciences

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My professional training is as an optical engineer specializing in optical testing and optical instrument design, I have more than eight years experience designing and developing optical systems. My technical interests include lens design, interferometry, and optical alignment. I was an employee on the technical staff at IBM, Perkin-Elmer, GCA/Tropel, and WYKO.

For seventeen years, I worked in the field of technology transfer and early stage venture development of high technology based firms. I was a Director within the Commercialization Group of Research Corporation Technologies (RCT). In this position, I was responsible for evaluating and commercializing inventions in the fields of medical devices, biotechnology, physics, materials, and instrumentation. I was exposed to a broad range of technologies and markets. In this capacity, I have demonstrated success in licensing patents and starting, early-stage, high tech companies.

In the recent past, I was the Administrative Director of the Center for Integrated Access Networks this is an NSF Enginneering Research Center. As Administrative Director I assisted the Center Director in overall management of the ERC, overseeing the administrative and management functions of the Center including day-to-day management of Center grant totalling $18.5M plus university cost share and industrial sponsors.

Currently, I am a Sr. Licensing Associate and Sector Director for Physical Sciences at the University of Arizona's Office for Technology Transfer. In this roll I provide service to UA faculty to assist in perfecting patent rights, and helping to commercialize university based inventions and technologies.

Specialties: My expertise includes evaluation, administration and management of early stage technology including: setting up early-stage ventures, business valuation, administration management, writing of business and development plans, management of intellectual property, licensing, funding new ventures, and strategic planning.

My professional training includes business administration as well as strong background in technology with a PhD in Optical Sciences.