Alan Bennett, Ph.D.
Founding Executive Director
Dr. Bennett is professor of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. He also serves as the founding Executive Director of the “Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture” and as Chairman of the Board of PIPRA Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides commercialization strategy advice and intellectual property rights analysis to support the commercialization of public sector innovations. From 2000-2004, Dr. Bennett served as the Executive Director of the University of California System-wide Office of Technology Transfer and Research Administration where he was responsible for research policy and the management of a portfolio of over 5000 patented inventions, 700 active licenses and revenue in excess of $350MM. From 2004-2008, Dr. Bennett served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Davis where he founded and managed InnovationAccess, an organization responsible for technology transfer, business development and support for technology-based economic development in the Sacramento/Davis region. Dr. Bennett is a Fellow of the California Council for Science and Technology (CCST), a science policy advisory council for the State of California and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Biology at UC Davis and Cornell University, respectively and has published over 150 research papers in leading scientific journals and holds several utility patents related to plant molecular genetics and crop quality traits.