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Vasu Pestonjamasp

Vasu Pestonjamasp

Entrepreneur-in Residence

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Vasu brings combined experience in chemical, physical and biomedical sciences and business, and a strong track record of published research and technology commercialization activities. Her expertise spans key startup functions related to the evaluation of the commercial potential of novel technologies (life sciences, engineering and others); advisory to funding entities, companies and academic faculty; mentorship for team formation and maximization of opportunities for SBIR/STTR and other funding and commercialization via strategic partnerships. 

As educator and Instructor, Vasu teaches entrepreneurs and has organized licensing workshops for academic, industry and legal professionals based locally and nationally. She conducted 3M Corporation award-winning scientific research at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital and the University of California San Diego. She accomplished discovery research at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA.  Vasu received her Ph.D. (Biochemistry) from Mumbai University and Executive MBA at the University of Southern California (USC). In addition, she is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP). She has served as Chair, Education, Sponsorships and Marketing; San Diego Chapter [Licensing Executives Society (LES) USA & Canada] and continues to be in national-level leadership roles within LES.