Scripps Institution of Oceanography is the first-ranked, global institution for ocean, Earth, and atmospheric research and education and the Earth Sciences Department of UC San Diego. Scripps scientists have been exploring the globe for over a century to understand and protect the planet.


UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography works with companies on a diverse range of projects, including research collaboration, talent recruitment, sponsorship, communications, and innovation. As a complement, companies can join Scripps Corporate Alliance for annual coordination of these projects and custom liaison services to the Scripps community and assets.

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Vanessa Scott, Director of Corporate Affiliates, Business Development, Industry Outreach & Innovation


Scripps Corporate Alliance


Industry Relations & Innovation

Vanessa Scott leads industry and innovation initiatives at Scripps Institution of Oceanography to connect the science and applied research to companies and assist the development and launch of ocean and climate focused startups.  Her background is in business development and industry outreach in the biotech industry with over seventeen years of experience cultivating strong industry partnerships and facilitating opportunities for collaboration and growth. She also has extensive experience working in non-profit fundraising and marine conservation organizations. Vanessa completed a Masters in Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography where she developed a business and marketing plan for Smartfin, an ocean-focused startup, to support the launch from lab to market.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography industry relations and Scripps Corporate Alliance are a part of the Office of     Government Relations, Research Development, Strategic Partnerships, Planning and Events under the direction of Scripps Assistant Director Kathleen Ritzman.