Rakhi Gibbons is Tech Launch Arizona’s (TLA) Director of Licensing. She has over fifteen years of experience in the life sciences industry from research, to startup experience and university technology transfer. In her role as director, she oversees all licensing operations at Tech Launch Arizona. Throughout her history with TLA, Rakhi has worked closely with faculty and researchers particularly in the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC), and life sciences departments across the university overseeing intellectual property. Prior to joining the UA, she served on the licensing team in the University of Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer. Rakhi has substantial experience in intellectual property, licensing, technology and contract management, conflict of interest, and startup formation. In addition to her background in business, she has practical knowledge of life sciences through research with a biotech company in northern California, and Stanford University in the areas of molecular biology and genomics. She holds a Master's in Applied Biosciences from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor's in Biological Sciences from University of California, Santa Barbara.