Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett

Professor Alan Bennett is a member of the Plant Sciences Department at UC Davis and founding Executive Director of the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA), a non‐profit organization that provides strategy advice and intellectual property rights analysis to support the commercialization of public sector innovations and the humanitarian uses of agricultural technologies. His research and publications range from plant cell wall disassembly to public policy issues for agriculture. From 2004-2008, he served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Davis where he founded and managed InnovationAccess, an organization responsible for technology transfer, business development and support for technology-based economic development.Bennett is a Fellow of the California Council for Science and Technology (CCST), a science policy advisory council for the State of California, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He served on the U.S. National Academies’ of Science Committee on University Management of Intellectual Property. Bennett earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Biology at UC Davis and Cornell University, respectively and has published over 150 research papers in leading scientific journals and holds several utility patents related to crop quality traits