Date: January 09, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 AM
Location: 409L MED
James Ryley Ph.D. is the 2018 Distinguished Cell Systems & Anatomy Alumnus and he is the invited speaker for the departmental seminar on Tuesday January 9th, 2018 (11a.m. in room 409L MED). The title of his seminar is “Multidisciplinary Teams of One."
James is currently Director of Patent Strategy at the Silicon Valley-based Nanofactory Corporation, a nanotechnology-related startup in the Greater Los Angeles area. James conducted his dissertation research under the supervision of Dr. Olivia Pereira-Smith at the Barshop Institute and graduated from the Cellular & Structural Biology program with his Ph.D. degree in 2006. For his dissertation research, James worked on developing a microfluidics device for single cell gene expression analysis in Saccharomyces cerevisae (long before single cell analyses became fashionable!).
James, who is a Registered Patent Agent with the US Patent & Trademark Office, was one of the founders of SumoBrain Solutions serving as its President till 2011. SumoBrain Solutions, a search data and analytics firm created and maintains the www.FreePatentsOnline.com (FPO) and other websites such as www.BioMedSearch.com (BMS) that provides a free biomedical search engine. James was responsible for the original design and programming of FPO, which has existed now for almost a decade and is arguably the most popular patent search site in the world (>10 million page views per month). FPO has since been acquired by Anaqua, a Boston-based company that provides cloud-based intellectual asset management software and services.
James is a much sought-after expert in the area of intellectual property (IP) software and data analytics and he is a regularly invited speaker at conferences at home and abroad. He is certainly a role model for our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in careers other than academia.