Rajiv K. Kulkarni holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Nebraska and a MBA from University of Phoenix. He is a Certified Licensing Professional. Rajiv joined the University of Kansas in February 2012, where he is the Director of KU Innovation and Collaboration (KUIC). He previously served at the University of Utah for ten years as a Senior Licensing Manager, and then Associate Director of the Technology Commercialization Office. In this role, he managed the physical sciences group and completed over one hundred license agreements, twenty-eight of which resulted in new start-up companies. He was Assistant Director, and then Director of the Centers of Excellence Program for the State of Utah, where he managed a $2.0-2.5 million annual grant program to universities for six years, and focused on the commercialization of university technologies to stimulate economic development.
He has 13 years industry experience in biotechnology and agriculture, in research and development, operations, marketing, and business development. As Senior Scientist/Project Manager for a new start-up plant biotechnology company, he wrote successful R & D proposals resulting in $2 million in venture capital investment and SBIR awards. As Vice President for an agricultural biotechnology company, he managed the global market development and technical support effort.