Job Title : Director, QB3 Byers Family Distinguished Professor, UCSF Special Advisor to the President on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of California Office of the President
Dr. Regis B. Kelly is Director of QB3, a University of California Institute created by the legislature to help grow the California economy in the life science sector.
From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Kelly served as executive vice-chancellor at UCSF, where his major responsibility was the move to the new Mission Bay campus. From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Kelly served as chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF; from 1988 to 1995, he was director of UCSF’s Cell Biology Graduate Program; and from 1992 to 2000, he was director of the Hormone Research Institute at UCSF.
He is a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF, where he holds the Byers Family Distinguished Professorship.
Prior to his faculty appointment at UCSF he received postdoctoral training at Harvard and Stanford, graduate training at Caltech and received an undergraduate degree in physics from Edinburgh University. He has published extensively in the areas of cell biology and neurobiology.
Dr. Kelly is chairman emeritus of the Bay Area Scientific Innovation Consortium (BASIC), serves on the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Biotechnology Advisory Panel, and is on the board of the California Foundation for Molecular Biology and KAIST. He is also a general partner of the venture fund Mission Bay Capital and of QB3 Incubator Partners, LLC, a company that manages workspace for life science entrepreneurs. Dr. Kelly was inducted into the American Academy for Arts and Sciences and into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame. He also has received the Biomedical Research Leadership Award from the California Society for Biomedical Science and the Salute to Excellence Award from the American Liver Foundation.
In December 2013, Dr. Kelly was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), “for services to science, innovation and global health.” He was given a Lifetime CEO Award in 2015 from the San Francisco Business Times. In December of 2014 he was made Senior Advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to the President of the University of California, Janet Napolitano.