LIFE WITHOUT DISEASE is a pursuit that requires a continually expanding understanding of the immune system, and the ability to translate knowledge and discoveries developed in scientific research into technologies that can enable cutting edge research and improve life and health. Among its responsibilities, the Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property Department (LAIP) oversees the protection of novel technologies and all technology-related agreements, including commercial sponsored research and licensing contracts, as well as material transfer and confidentiality agreements.

La Jolla Institute boasts a number of partnerships, across many research areas, established to develop, transfer and translate LJI’s technologies for commercial applications and the department, in coordination with the business development staff, frequently engages with biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Among La Jolla Institute’s commercial collaborations is the Institute’s signature partnership with Kyowa Kirin, which is the longest academic-industry collaboration in the world. Throughout its 30+ year history, this partnership has provided a mutually beneficial scientific exchange of knowledge, expertise, and resources to support biomedical research, and through this exchange, a number of La Jolla Institute’s technologies have entered into Kyowa Kirin’s R&D pipeline and human clinical studies.

The Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property Department is dedicated to supporting the Institute’s scientists in their research endeavors and in the development and translation of their technologies. Further details of the departments functions can be found below. For further information or inquiries, please contact us at

Technology, Contracts, and Intellectual Property:

Technology Development Team