in 2003 as deputy director for extramural research for the NIH, directing the office responsible for extramural policies and procedures including Edison, the invention reporting system. She spent four years as the executive vice president for research at the University of Kentucky where she was responsible for the economic development and technology transfer activities. She has testified many times before Congress on topics from stem cells to adolescent pregnancy and has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Department of Health and Human Services. For the past 20 years she has done work with the World Health Organization in different capacities.
Alan Bennett is professor of Plant Sciences at UC Davis where he has been an active researcher, educator, policy advisor and technology transfer advocate. He has published over 150 scientific research papers in the area of plant molecular biology and is recognized as an “ISI Most Cited Author”. His research has focused on mechanisms of plant cell wall assembly and disassembly which has applications in diverse areas ranging from fruit development to optimization of biofuel feedstocks. Bennett is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Senior Fellow of the California Council for Science and Technology (CCST), a science policy advisory council for the State of California. He is also a Senior Advisor to Mars, Inc. and has extensive experience advising and crafting the research agenda of large multinational businesses as well as startup biotechnology companies. Bennett has also been a leader in establishing international research partnerships, particularly in Latin America. He was a primary proponent of a partnership between California and Chilean Universities for research and educational exchanges where he worked closely with the US Ambassador to Chile as well as the Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs. He currently maintains an office in Chile under the auspices of the Fundacion Para la Innovacion Agraria to support university research and technology commercialization partnerships. Bennett has provided leadership in developing both State and National intellectual property policies. In 2007, he co-chaired a California task force to recommend a technology transfer policy for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (stem cell research) and he recently served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the “Management of University Intellectual Property”. Bennett is currently working with the US Patent and Trademark Office to provide educational programs throughout the world to “foster innovation and competitiveness by delivering IP information and education in countries with immature IP protection systems”. Bennett co-founded and serves as Chairman of a private non-profit foundation (PIPRA Foundation) whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of technologies for improving the lives of the poor in developing countries. PIPRA Foundation now has support from the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation and is a partner with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to establish the Global Responsibility Innovation Alliance (http://www.grialliance.org/). Bennett served for over 18 years in a range of