2017

Biography

Rohit Shukla is chief executive officer and founder of Larta Institute, an internationally-recognized technology accelerator he founded in 1993 to focus on transforming ideas intoenterprises that “feed the world, fuel the world and heal the world.” An internationally-recognized thought leader on innovation, commercialization and enterprise- andtechnology-led economic development, he has written extensively on venture capital,sector-led innovation in wireless, telecommunications and the life sciences, and onentrepreneurship, research-based enterprises, commercialization and government policy.
 
In 2014, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Innovation andEntrepreneurship which advises the U.S. Department of Commerce on issues related toaccelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing a globally competitiveworkforce.
 
Shukla formed and helped draft legislation that in 1993 established the CaliforniaTechnology Investment Partnership (CalTIP), an innovation and entrepreneurship initiative supporting the state’s “new economy.” He also created and managed the first “defenseadjustment” program based on policy advice he provided the Clinton Administration in the early 1990s.
 
He was one of the first to promote policies supporting the development of “bundled” intellectual property (IP) between research institutions and universities. His efforts led to Larta Institute’s collaboration in 2006 with the Kauffman Foundation and the U.S. National Science Foundation to address issues concerning university-derived IP involving multiple institutions.
 
Shukla’s Los Angeles-based organization has helped more than 10,000 companiescommercialize their innovations in science and technology, particularly in agriculture andthe life sciences. Larta Institute has exclusive contracts with the NIH, NSF and USDA.

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Rohit Shukla

Rohit Shukla has written extensively on venture capital, sector-led innovation in wireless, telecommunications and the life sciences, and on entrepreneurship, research-based enterprises, commercialization and government policy.

" In 2014, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Innovation andEntrepreneurship which advises the U.S. Department of Commerce on issues related toaccelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing a globally competitiveworkforce."