Michael serves as Vice President of Intellectual Property and Corporate Development with over 15 years’ experience in corporate and academic transactions. Prior to ERS, Michael served as Director of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures for the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. While there, he led the technology transfer and corporate alliance teams supporting innovation across all disciplines stemming from over $900M in annual research expenditures. As licensing attorney for Diversa Corporation (now BASF), Michael was responsible for the negotiation and drafting of complex transactions in support of business and research development. Michael received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of law.