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Fred Farina

Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director, Office of Technology Transfer, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Diplôme d'Ingénieur in Electrical Engineering, Institute National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon, France; 1992, MSc in Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Registered US patent agent. Former research engineer in the GPS field. Then joined a law firm and prosecuted patent applications on advanced technologies. Chief Innovation Officer, Caltech; Exec. Director, Caltech's Office of Technology Transfer (OTT). Responsibilities include managing OTT's staff, evaluating inventions at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, supervising patent prosecution and portfolio management, negotiating licensing deals with industry, and fostering the creation new start-up companies.