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UC Berkeley Ups Its Commitment to Life Sciences Innovation
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As of January 1, 2020, UC Berkeley will discharge its first ever Chief Innovation and Entrepreneurship Officer (CIEO) to develop high-value partnerships and further augment the campus’ vast portfolio of innovation and entrepreneurship activities. Former Dean of the Haas School of Business, Rich Lyons, will assume the new role,  and the life science sector will feature prominently on his agenda as he seeks to unleash the university’s intellectual creativity.

The appointment of Professor Lyons builds on the university’s continuing efforts to amplify life science discovery and entrepreneurship.  Beginning this November, students will be able to enroll in the university’s first Biology+Business dual-major, which will launch in fall 2020. Lyons helped create the joint program between the Haas Business School and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology to prepare students for careers in biotech R&D and healthcare. The program also received support from biotech veteran and Antiva Biosciences CEO Gail Maderis, among others.

Lyons also helped to create the vision for the SkyDeck startup accelerator, a vibrant space in downtown Berkeley that provides funding and program support to start-up entrepreneurs. The campus will soon launch a new full-service life sciences and tough tech incubator, the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub, in 2021.  It will open in a newly renovated facility and include private labs, wet and dry open lab benches as well as office space. IP will be owned 100 percent by up to 300 start-ups that will rent space.

CLSA and CLSI hosted a welcome reception for Professor Lyons at JLABS South San Francisco on October 30, where he discussed The Frontiers of Life Science Innovation at UC Berkeley.