President’s Entrepreneurship Network Council

The President’s Entrepreneurship Network Council was convened by UC President Michael V. Drake in August 2023 with the goal of advancing the reach and volume of the University of California’s research commercialization, innovation and entrepreneurship activities.

The University of California is already a major incubator of new technologies, therapeutics, and other inventions that improve lives and contribute to economic growth and opportunities in California and beyond. In the coming years, the President’s Entrepreneurship Council will work with key stakeholders and partners to explore ways to further enhance the University’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, with a focus on funding, mentorship, and collaboration across campuses and with external partners.


  • Richard Lyons (Chair), Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley; Professor of Economics and Finance at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • Errol Arkilic, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of University of California, Irvine Beall Applied Innovation
  • Ashley Cornelison, Vice President of Venture Development at Georgia Research Alliance
  • Jenny Du, VP of Operations at Apeel Sciences
  • Ralph Gonzales, Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer for UCSF Health
  • Josh Green, Startup advisor, UCLA Law lecturer, advisor to the UC Board of Regents
  • Osman Kibar, Founder and CEO of Samumed
  • Kelly Harkins Kincaid, Co-Founder of Claret Bioscience and Astrea Forensics
  • Sandy Miller, CEO & Founder, Foundry 415 Innovation Group
  • Katherine Newman, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of California; Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at UC Berkeley
  • Rosibel Ochoa, Associate Vice Chancellor, Technology Partnerships and Adjunct Professor for Chemical and Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside
  • Paul Roben, Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation and Commercialization at UC San Diego
  • Julia Schaletzky, Lecturer & Executive Director, Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases, Drug Discovery Center, UC Berkeley
  • Damon Tull, Director for Industry Alliances at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Van Williams, Vice President of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at the University of California

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