John Lambert

David Riccardo

David Riccardo serves as the Business Development Associate, Engineering and Physical Sciences. David joined UCLA TDG in August 2021, bringing four years of industry-side business development experience in technology transfer, contract management and financial negotiation. Prior to TDG, David spent three years as a Licensing Associate at BioLegend, Inc. in San Diego.

Brija Johnson

Brija Johnson joined UCLA TDG in April 2021 as the Technology Scouting Manager for the SCALE initiative. In her role, she works closely with the Starburst accelerator to recruit and support startups in the aerospace sector. Prior to joining TDG, Brija worked as a Program Manager for Springboard Enterprises and was a Scholar in Residence at Zane Venture Fund.  Brija holds a BS in International Business and a BS in Marketing with a minor in Technology Entrepreneurship from the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Pooja Bhayani, M.S, MBA

Pooja Bhayani joined UCLA TDG in November 2020 as the Business Development Associate for Life Sciences and Biopharmaceuticals. In her role, she assists with technology marketing support, including co-managing the Technology Fellows program. Prior to joining TDG, Pooja worked as Senior Associate for Boston Healthcare Associates and PAREXEL within Pricing and Market Access consulting.  Prior to consulting, Pooja worked as a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, MIT, and M.D.

Dina Lozofsky MBA

Dina Lozofsky serves as the Senior Director of Business Development, Physical Sciences and Engineering.  Dina joined UCLA TDG in August 2019, bringing more than 25 years’ experience working in and around science and technology in Southern California. Most recently, Dina was the Executive Director at Biocom, leading Biocom’s efforts to help grow and support the LA life science industry, raising awareness around the regional cluster’s many research accomplishments.

Megha Patel, J.D., PhD

Megha joined UCLA TDG in December 2018 and manages a Medtech portfolio. She was previously a Senior Licensing Officer at UC Irvine after which she joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as an Attorney and Assistant General Counsel for Global Health. She was then Assistant VP for Research and Economic Development at Cal State University. Megha has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine, a Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences and Genetics from UCLA, and a J.D. from Maurer School of Law, Indiana University.

Greg Markiewicz, MBA

Greg joined the TDG team in May 2018 as Technology Transfer Officer. He most recently led marketing, communications and business development strategy for the Manufacturing Industry and Intellectual Property (“IP”) practices of Ballard Spahr LLP, a nationally-recognized Am Law 100 firm. Before that, Greg served in several commercial roles for AZ Electronic Materials, a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals and processing materials for semiconductor and flat panel display applications.

Joel Kehle

Joel Kehle joined UCLA TDG in August 2017. In his role as Technology Transfer Officer, Joel manages a portfolio of database, algorithm, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, and other types of computer science technologies. He has over 20 years of industry experience in information technology and software development. Joel spent over 10 years at Qualcomm focused on cloud computing, enterprise architecture, infrastructure automation, and middleware software. Additionally, he served as Vice President, Technology for multiple startup companies incubated at Idealab in Los Angeles.

Ed Beres, PE

Ed Beres joined UCLA TDG in November 2017 and brings a background in both industry and university technology commercialization to UCLA. He came to UCLA from the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), where he identified promising start-up companies for the incubator’s portfolio, coached start-up founders, and developed entrepreneurship training programs.

Tariq Arif, J.D., MBA, MSc.

In his role as Business Development Officer, Tariq is currently involved in the marketing, patenting, and licensing of UCLA’s Life Science Technology portfolio, spanning immuno-oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, neurosciences and regenerative medicine.

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