Ha Nguyen is Senior Director, Office of Technology Development at the Salk Institute. Ha brings extensive experience in technology transfer, licensing and business development, having worked in academia and industry to manage intellectual property portfolios and commercialize life science technologies.
Ha returns to the Salk Institute following 6 years at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. (formerly Life Technologies Corp.), most recently as an Associate Director in licensing and business development. During her first tenure at the Salk Institute, Ha was a Senior Licensing Associate at the Office of Technology Development from 2011-2012 after moving from San Francisco where she was a licensing professional for many years at the UC San Francisco Office of Technology Management.
Ha received her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from UC San Francisco; her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Irvine; and is a Registered Patent Agent with the USPTO.
Breakthrough discoveries often receive the spotlight and intellectual property (IP) protection. Unfortunately, lesser, yet nonetheless valuable, contributions often go unrecognized and unprotected. Determining when to contact your institution’s Technology Transfer Office in order for them to assess research projects for IP protection is vital. Reaching out to Tech Transfer early and often will help researchers protect their accomplishments and receive the recognition they deserve.