Brad Roberts is Senior Vice President and co-head of the Innovation Group at Xinova. Brad is responsible for managing Xinova’s technical staff, its worldwide network of inventors, innovators, and commercializers, sets portfolio strategy, and liaises with each client’s technical team. Brad was responsible for starting Xinova’s operations in Israel. He joined Xinova's predecessor in 2010 as Technical Assistant to the Fund’s Executive VP, helping to implement and optimize programs in global invention sourcing.
Brad has a PhD from the University of Washington’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the synthesis and characterization of transition-metal-doped-oxide semiconductors for use in spin-based electronics. While at UW, Brad also completed a Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate at the Foster School of Business and earned a Washington Research Foundation Capital Gates Foundation Fellowship in Technology Commercialization. As President of the UW Science and Engineering Business Association, he facilitated programs to introduce technical students to the world of entrepreneurship and venture capital.
As an undergraduate, Brad was president of a ski touring club, co-founded a student-run engineering consulting business to utilize on-campus characterization tools, and established the campus chapter of the Alpha Sigma Mu materials engineering honor society. Undergraduate internships included both the Hardware Engineering and Product Design groups at Apple, as well as Software Engineering group at Qualcomm. He is currently a member of the Engineering Advisory Board at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly).
Brad and his wife, who were married while on a school-building trek in Nepal, have since helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for additional schools and infrastructure repairs in earthquake-damaged Nepali villages.