Commercialization Partners (or "CPs") collaborate with TLA, providing expert feedback and perspective regarding new technologies developing at UArizona.  TLA's Venture Development Managers maximize the alignment between each individual Commercialization Partner's personal talents and goals and the leadership needed to pull each unique technology into the marketplace.

CPs start out as members of our network. Once they have started participating and have expressed an interest in greater engagement in TLA's work, they are asked to submit a letter of intent and a resume, which are reviewed prior to the individual being offered a partner post.


Join the Commercialization Partner Team

Our cohort of Commercialization Partners is always growing and changing with our needs, so if you are interested, we appreciate your reaching out – as well as your patience – in advance as we work to find the best way for you to plug in. Want to learn more about engaging with TLA as a Commercialization Partner? 

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Learn How We Create a Supportive Community

We're committed to building an inclusive, constructive environment for all. To ensure that we all perform to our maximum potential and encourage the same in one another, we created these guidelines. Check them out to learn what we expect of all our community members. 

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Find Your Next Startup

We're looking for seasoned entrepreneurs to help move new technologies to market. If you've got experience leading new technology companies through their initial stages, we might have a spot for you in our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program.

Commercialization Partners

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Joseph Cooper

Commercialization Partner
Chief of Strategy and Corporate Development, Resonea, Inc.
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Jeff Koenig

Commercialization Partner
Diligence Chair, Desert Angels
CPO, Startup Ecosystem
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Peter Mantas

Commercialization Partner
CEO | Serial Entrepreneur | Evangelist - Tech - Startups - Ecosystems | Mentor - Teacher - Advisor - Coach
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Aric Meares

Commercialization Partner, Executive Vice President at Azbil North America - BioVigilant Division
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Don Orton

Commercialization Partner
Product Development and Operations Leadership | Technology Startup Leadership
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Mike Sember

Commercialization Partner
Consultant to the biopharmaceutical industry, specializing in startups. Angel investor.
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Vince Sumpter

Commercialization Partner
Vice President & Executive Advisor at MK Strategic Resources