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Managing Invention Seminar: "Identifying Revolutionary Ideas" - 2/06/2012

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Albert Cha

Managing Partner Vivo Ventures

Albert Cha, M.D., Ph.D. is a Managing Partner who invests in private and public biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. Albert draws on his scientific, medical, and operating experience when working with his portfolio companies. He was an early investor in Aspreva Pharmaceuticals, Bioform Medical, Vicept Therapeutics, and Biodel. Other investments include Acura Pharmaceuticals, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, and Avanir Pharmaceuticals. He currently serves on the board of several private biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. Albert has also served as co-founder of several portfolio companies. Prior to joining Vivo, Albert worked at Oracle Corporation in pharmaceutical consulting and at the Palo Alto VA Hospital as a biomedical engineer. Albert received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He subsequently completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at UCLA School of Medicine, where he received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience. During his studies, he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and won the prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student Award. His research in molecular biophysics has been published in highly respected journals such as Nature and Neuron.


The CNSI and the IMED Seminar Series are teaming up to create a new educational seminar series that will be held once a month called Managing Inventions. These seminars will focus on the actual logistics of how to manage and build on discoveries here on campus. The goals of this series are to connect the UCLA community, bring to light available resources, and communicate the stories of successful discoveries.

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