Adam Jones has served as associate director of licensing and business development and was a founding member of UC-Santa Barbara’s Office of Technology Transfer, where he worked with entrepreneurs, companies, and researchers to help facilitate the commercialization of technology developed at the institution. Adam is responsible for evaluating the potential of early stage technologies, securing intellectual property, assessing new venture opportunities, identifying suitable business partners, and negotiating licensing transactions. He has experience working with entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys, and corporate executives to successfully bring new inventions from the lab to the marketplace.
Adam has previously served as a corporate attorney specializing in counseling companies on matters relating to venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulations, intellectual property, and startup issues. Adam was also the co-founder and CEO of a successful startup company focused on developing and commercializing nanodiamond technology. He served on the Board of Directors of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast. Adam earned his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, high honors, from UC-Santa Barbara. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the UC-Davis Entrepreneurs Academy. His expertise in managing a variety of technologies and business models to maximize startup potential, commercial viability and patentability will serve him well in his work with WVOA.