Douglas Hockstad serves as the Associate Vice President of Tech Launch Arizona, University of Arizona’s technology commercialization organization. TLA helps to accomplish the broader UArizona mission by providing a variety of services to faculty and staff that protect intellectual property, streamline the technology commercialization process, support the creation of startups based on UArizona technology, and find commercial applications for results of university research.
Doug was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (yes, he’s a Yooper), and moved to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan. Among other things, Doug has led the product management and development of an industry-leading executive information system, and participated in a team launching an Israeli-based startup in that industry. He began his career in tech transfer at the University of Michigan initially tasked with creating a software/copyright licensing program for UofM IP. He joined UArizona in 2013 with more than 25 years of experience. Doug has also served on the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Board of Directors, helping to set the strategic direction of the AUTM organization.