Regis Kelly, Ph.D., OBE
I am excited to see the University of California promoting altruistic innovation to address particularly challenging health issues, to complement more conventional finance-driven motivation. Students are increasingly seeing innovation and entrepreneurship in health as another way to give back to society.

Reg Kelly was one of the first member’s of UCSF’s Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and has watched it, and UCSF, grow from being relatively unknown an international powerhouse. His research interests over the years have focused mainly on cellular neurobiology, particularly exocytosis and synapses. Administratively, he has been Chairman of his Department, Executive Vice Chancellor of UCSF, Senior Advisor to UC President Janet Napolitano and Director of QB3. In this last role he has helped launch focused mentorship programs for entrepreneurs, university-operated incubators at UCSF and Berkeley and venture funds returning carried interest to the university.

He has been recognized for his work by the award of an OBE by the UK, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, CEO of the Year and Economic Development, Biomedical Leadership and Life Science Leadership Awards.