Prior to joining Alta Ventures, Brian Cummings was vice president of technology commercialization and knowledge transfer at Ohio State University. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating all aspects of knowledge transfer and technology development. He assisted in the initial stages of idea formation, technology assessment, start-up creation, licensing and funding. Previously, Mr. Cummings was executive director of the technology commercialization office at the University of Utah and associate vice president for technology ventures. While there, his office successfully started more than 115 new technology-based companies. Mr. Cummings was also president of a university-based personalized medicine company and has assisted in the set up and establishment of three new venture capital funds.