Dr. William Tucker
Exec. Director, Innovation Alliances and Services, University of California Office of the President
Dr. Tucker was born in the UK and educated in Australia. He holds a B. Sc. (Hons) and a Ph. D. in Microbiology from the University of Queensland. He also holds an MBA degree from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. Dr. Tucker held post-doctoral research fellowships at Stanford University (with Prof. Stanley Cohen) and at the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra Australia. He also holds an MBA degree from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.
Dr. Tucker’s scientific career focused on agricultural biotechnology, first as a research scientist, and then in technology management and business development through a ten year tenure with Advanced Genetic Sciences, and then its successor organization, DNA Plant Technology. He then joined Applera Corporation (Applied Biosystems in Foster City, CA) where his was part of the team that licensed PCR technology for commercial applications. With Applera, Dr. Tucker then joined the business development team at agricultural genomics unit of Celera Genomics where he sought out agricultural applications of molecular marker technology, high throughput sequencing, and related genomics platforms. He continued these activities with Paradigm Genetics (based in North Carolina) when Paradigm acquired the plant-related part of Celera’s agricultural genomics business.
In 2003, Dr. Tucker joined the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of California, Office of the President, in Oakland CA. In 2004, Dr. Tucker became the Executive Director, Research Administration and Technology Transfer. In 2010 following a reorganization of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, his office was renamed Innovation Alliances and Services to reflect a broader role in supporting and enhancing interactions with industry to help move technology from the laboratory to the marketplace.