Rafael has been serving the University of Hawai’i (UH) Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) since December 2018, where he protects UH Intellectual Property (IP) and proprietary research materials with patents and contracts; and helps commercialize UH IP by licensing the IP to business entities, including startups. Rafael also educates and informs UH faculty, staff, students, and UH startups about IP protection and commercialization.
Before joining UH, Rafael served the University of California (UC) for 20 years, including 19 years with the UC Davis technology transfer office, where he wrote, negotiated and reviewed over 10,000 research and commercial license agreements, nondisclosure agreements and other contracts, and managed IP in human and veterinary medicine, life sciences, physical sciences, computer technology, agriculture, and engineering. Rafael also helped obtain over $25 million in program income and licensing revenue for UC Davis by licensing transgenic and knock-out mice, antibodies, cell lines, data and patent rights.
Before joining UC Davis, Rafael served the Marine Corps for 20 years, where he obtained his B.S., M.B.A., and M.S. and enjoyed living for four years on beautiful Okinawa, Japan. Rafael enjoys, family, friends, traveling, biking, hiking, kayaking, nature, and caring for and protecting sea turtles and other animals.