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Gemma Rooney, PhD

Title(s)Licensing Officer, Innovation Ventures
SchoolChancellor/EVC/FAS
Address600 16th St
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-625-9093
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    As a Licensing Officer, Gemma has over 5 years of experience in licensing and business development. Gemma is responsible for evaluating and managing new technologies, determining the commercial and patenting strategy, engaging with faculty, building new relationships with industry partners and early stage investors, and negotiating license agreements, as well as the intellectual property terms in sponsored research agreements. Gemma and her colleague, Cathy Smith, manage the licensing internship program, which provides early career scientists a unique opportunity to learn about university technology commercialization and intellectual property management.

    Gemma holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Stem Cell Biology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from University College Cork, Ireland. She received postdoctoral training from the University of California, San Francisco and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Her research focused on neurological applications of stem cell therapies.

    Gemma is passionate about guiding UCSF investigators in realizing the fullest commercial potential of their innovations. She loves working at the interface between academia and industry, establishing partnerships that have the potential to benefit patients worldwide.

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    1. Human iPS Cell-Derived Neurons Uncover the Impact of Increased Ras Signaling in Costello Syndrome. J Neurosci. 2016 Jan 06; 36(1):142-52. Rooney GE, Goodwin AF, Depeille P, Sharir A, Schofield CM, Yeh E, Roose JP, Klein OD, Rauen KA, Weiss LA, Ullian EM. PMID: 26740656.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    2. Dysregulation of astrocyte extracellular signaling in Costello syndrome. Sci Transl Med. 2015 May 06; 7(286):286ra66. Krencik R, Hokanson KC, Narayan AR, Dvornik J, Rooney GE, Rauen KA, Weiss LA, Rowitch DH, Ullian EM. PMID: 25947161.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 25     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    3. Comparison of cellular architecture, axonal growth, and blood vessel formation through cell-loaded polymer scaffolds in the transected rat spinal cord. Tissue Eng Part A. 2014 Nov; 20(21-22):2985-97. Madigan NN, Chen BK, Knight AM, Rooney GE, Sweeney E, Kinnavane L, Yaszemski MJ, Dockery P, O'Brien T, McMahon SS, Windebank AJ. PMID: 24854680.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    4. Lentiviral vector delivery of short hairpin RNA to NG2 and neurotrophin-3 promotes locomotor recovery in injured rat spinal cord. Cytotherapy. 2012 Nov; 14(10):1235-44. Donnelly EM, Madigan NN, Rooney GE, Knight A, Chen B, Ball B, Kinnavane L, Garcia Y, Dockery P, Fraher J, Strappe PM, Windebank AJ, O'Brien T, McMahon SS. PMID: 23066785.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    5. Comparison of polymer scaffolds in rat spinal cord: a step toward quantitative assessment of combinatorial approaches to spinal cord repair. Biomaterials. 2011 Nov; 32(32):8077-86. Chen BK, Knight AM, Madigan NN, Gross L, Dadsetan M, Nesbitt JJ, Rooney GE, Currier BL, Yaszemski MJ, Spinner RJ, Windebank AJ. PMID: 21803415.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 17     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    6. Sustained delivery of dibutyryl cyclic adenosine monophosphate to the transected spinal cord via oligo [(polyethylene glycol) fumarate] hydrogels. Tissue Eng Part A. 2011 May; 17(9-10):1287-302. Rooney GE, Knight AM, Madigan NN, Gross L, Chen B, Giraldo CV, Seo S, Nesbitt JJ, Dadsetan M, Yaszemski MJ, Windebank AJ. PMID: 21198413.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 12     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    7. Lentiviral vector-mediated knockdown of the NG2 [corrected] proteoglycan or expression of neurotrophin-3 promotes neurite outgrowth in a cell culture model of the glial scar. J Gene Med. 2010 Nov; 12(11):863-72. Donnelly EM, Strappe PM, McGinley LM, Madigan NN, Geurts E, Rooney GE, Windebank AJ, Fraher J, Dockery P, O'Brien T, McMahon SS. PMID: 21105148.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    8. Potential of rat bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells as vehicles for delivery of neurotrophins to the Parkinsonian rat brain. Brain Res. 2010 Nov 04; 1359:33-43. Moloney TC, Rooney GE, Barry FP, Howard L, Dowd E. PMID: 20732313.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 20     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    9. Engraftment, migration and differentiation of neural stem cells in the rat spinal cord following contusion injury. Cytotherapy. 2010 May; 12(3):313-25. McMahon SS, Albermann S, Rooney GE, Shaw G, Garcia Y, Sweeney E, Hynes J, Dockery P, O'Brien T, Windebank AJ, Allsopp TE, Barry FP. PMID: 20370348.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 6     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    10. Importance of the vasculature in cyst formation after spinal cord injury. J Neurosurg Spine. 2009 Oct; 11(4):432-7. Rooney GE, Endo T, Ameenuddin S, Chen B, Vaishya S, Gross L, Schiefer TK, Currier BL, Spinner RJ, Yaszemski MJ, Windebank AJ. PMID: 19929340.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 9     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    11. Neurotrophic factor-expressing mesenchymal stem cells survive transplantation into the contused spinal cord without differentiating into neural cells. Tissue Eng Part A. 2009 Oct; 15(10):3049-59. Rooney GE, McMahon SS, Ritter T, Garcia Y, Moran C, Madigan NN, Flügel A, Dockery P, O'Brien T, Howard L, Windebank AJ, Barry FP. PMID: 19335061.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 15     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    12. Neural stem cell- and Schwann cell-loaded biodegradable polymer scaffolds support axonal regeneration in the transected spinal cord. Tissue Eng Part A. 2009 Jul; 15(7):1797-805. Olson HE, Rooney GE, Gross L, Nesbitt JJ, Galvin KE, Knight A, Chen B, Yaszemski MJ, Windebank AJ. PMID: 19191513.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 54     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    13. Effect of cyclosporin A on functional recovery in the spinal cord following contusion injury. J Anat. 2009 Sep; 215(3):267-79. McMahon SS, Albermann S, Rooney GE, Moran C, Hynes J, Garcia Y, Dockery P, O'Brien T, Windebank AJ, Barry FP. PMID: 19558472.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 6     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    14. Elevation of cAMP in mesenchymal stem cells transiently upregulates neural markers rather than inducing neural differentiation. Stem Cells Dev. 2009 Apr; 18(3):387-98. Rooney GE, Howard L, O'Brien T, Windebank AJ, Barry FP. PMID: 18554089.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 16     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    15. Relationship between scaffold channel diameter and number of regenerating axons in the transected rat spinal cord. Acta Biomater. 2009 Sep; 5(7):2551-9. Krych AJ, Rooney GE, Chen B, Schermerhorn TC, Ameenuddin S, Gross L, Moore MJ, Currier BL, Spinner RJ, Friedman JA, Yaszemski MJ, Windebank AJ. PMID: 19409869.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 22     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    16. Rigid fixation of the spinal column improves scaffold alignment and prevents scoliosis in the transected rat spinal cord. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 Nov 15; 33(24):E914-9. Rooney GE, Vaishya S, Ameenuddin S, Currier BL, Schiefer TK, Knight A, Chen B, Mishra PK, Spinner RJ, Macura SI, Yaszemski MJ, Windebank AJ. PMID: 19011531.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 10     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    17. Gene-modified mesenchymal stem cells express functionally active nerve growth factor on an engineered poly lactic glycolic acid (PLGA) substrate. Tissue Eng Part A. 2008 May; 14(5):681-90. Rooney GE, Moran C, McMahon SS, Ritter T, Maenz M, Flügel A, Dockery P, O'Brien T, Howard L, Windebank AJ, Barry FP. PMID: 18402551.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 10     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
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