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Leslie Edwards PhD

Director of Corporate Business Development

Leslie Edwards Leslie Edwards, Ph.D., is the Director of Corporate Business Development for the College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara. Leslie provides corporations with insightful access to campus faculty, students, strategic planning for heightened corporate visibility, and other key tools for success between industry and the university. She has an extensive background in relationship building between UC Santa Barbara and corporations. Before coming to UC Santa Barbara, Leslie spent a decade working in the biotech industry and has experience with corporate research, product development, and management. She has been the Manager of division pharmacology and toxicology at a biophysics company, Miravant, worked at Amgen as an Associate Scientist when there were less than 130 employees, and as a consultant in the field of regulatory toxicology. In addition, Leslie has an extensive background in university education/teaching, program development, and research knowledge. She worked both within the sciences (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology) as a lecturer and academic coordinator, for the inter-disciplinary program between the sciences and engineering (Biomolecular Science and Engineering) as an academic coordinator, for the College of Engineering, as a Assistant Dean of Development who emphasized corporate relations, and as the Manager of the Technology Management Program. In addition, Leslie continues to teach courses on developing FDA approved therapeutics within the biotechnology industry.

Chris Russo
Associate Director of Corporate Business Development

Chris Russo Chris Russo is the Manager of Corporate Business Development for the College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara. Chris provides corporations a number of ways to take advantage of the excellent resources available at UCSB, including: investigation of potential research collaborations with faculty, targeted recruiting, utilization of the world-class facilities and corporate visibility on the campus. Chris has a broad background in engineering as well as high technology business development and sales. He has been involved in forming collaborative strategic relationships for over 10 years. He started his career at Boeing and Hughes Aircraft as an electronic engineer as part of a VLSI design team. Upon receiving an MBA, Chris moved into Applications Engineering, Business Development and Sales for a number of companies in the Embedded Computing, Electronic Design Automation and in the Electronic Intellectual Property space; including: Viewlogic/Synopsys, ARM (Advanced RISC Machines), Green Hills Software, Denali Software and Kilopass.

Elings Hall, room 3227
College of Engineering
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5130
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