Freddy Lopez helps support technology transfer programs at universities, research institutes, and academic medical centers.
I am experienced with drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a multitude of agreements, including material transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements, software license agreements, and contract amendments and extensions with universities, hospital systems, and foreign and domestic governmental entities. In addition, I have developed template agreements and clauses that align with institutional policies in order to facilitate expedient execution of ongoing and expiring contracts as well as ensuring proper compliance with processes that help facilitate the transfer of sensitive data for principal investigator-initiated projects.
Prior to joining a law firm, I worked in the technology transfer department of a prestigious California state university.
I believe data is proving to be an invaluable asset for industry and a lifeblood (currency) for the pursuit of continued innovation. Just as industry and private institutions have learned to develop and make creative use of it, so too are universities, medical centers, nonprofit, research institutions, and the like, proactively expanding their operations to better monetize its value.
With added sophistication and a growing interest in accessing new revenue streams, I believe these traditionally academic spaces will continue pivoting in those directions that will best capture and make extensive use of the data at their disposal. As evolving technology transfer offices expand their capabilities, more opportunities will exist for the development of their technologies, with each technology at their disposal retaining some capacity to affect parts if not every area of industry.
Along with balancing their original missions and responsibilities to the public, these institutions, along with industry, will have to be mindful of three ongoing developments that will likely serve as both accelerators for progress and hurdles to manage: 1) the speed at which AI/machine learning technologies can help operationalize the practical utility of data-informed discoveries; 2) how well transfer offices will manage the expanding scope of their operations in the face of COVID-19; and 3) and how quickly institutions and industry will adjust to existing and emerging data protection standards, which as they develop both domestically and internationally loom larger and more pervasive than at any time prior.
Morehouse College, B.A., magna cum laude
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.(Executive Editor, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review)
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