As the Executive Director of Biocom’s Los Angeles office, Dina brings a 20-year career working in and around science and technology in Southern California. Before joining Biocom, Dina was the Associate Director for Licensing and Business Development at UC Santa Barbara’s Office of Technology and Industry Alliances. While at UC Santa Barbara, Dina designed, launched and led a program to mentor and support startup companies formed around UCSB technology. A key outcome of this program was to raise awareness and visibility of the high quality startups being spun out of UCSB. Dina is also a member of the board of the LA Venture Association (LAVA), the LA Bioscience Hub, and the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board.
Dina has deep experience in intellectual property (IP) management and in leveraging IP to structure strategic alliances for both companies and universities. She worked in the technology transfer offices of both UCLA and USC prior to working with UCSB, facilitating university collaboration with industry and fostering startup formation and licensing.
In addition to working in academia, Dina brings industry experience to our members. She was Vice President, Corporate Development for Solarmer Energy, a next generation solar startup spun out of UCLA, leading the company’s efforts in strategic relationships, business development, intellectual property, legal affairs, and marketing. She previously worked at BTG International as Associate Vice President in their acquisitions group, responsible for sourcing technologies from California inventive sources for commercialization. BTG’s mission was to develop and commercialize innovative technologies developed at universities, national labs, and corporations.
Dina holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business and is a registered Patent Agent.