James D. Laur

James D. Laur

Vice President, Technology & Business Affairs, Cedars-Sinai

Mr. Laur joined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 1991 and started his career at the institution in the Legal Affairs Department where he was Deputy General Counsel and served as primary counsel for the Burns & Allen Research Institute and the Enterprise Information Systems Department. Mr. Laur was recently named the Vice President, Technology & Business Affairs reporting to the Chief Financial Officer. In his new role, Mr. Laur’s primary responsibilities are focused on innovation, technology transfer and international business activities and he will drive new business development opportunities involving innovation and technology-related activities at the institution.

Since 1994, Mr. Laur has played a leadership role in Cedars-Sinai’s Technology Transfer Office, which has earned over $175 million in royalty income from its licensing program over the past ten years. In addition to managing the institution’s intellectual property portfolio, Laur has been instrumental in structuring more than a dozen spin-off companies based on early-stage technologies from Cedars-Sinai’s research laboratories or its international partners. Among the better known of these companies are Zynx Health, Prometheus Laboratories, Stanson Health, Otoharmonics, and Savacor, Inc.

Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Mr. Laur worked as an attorney in the international corporate department of the law firm of Van Doorne & Sjollema in the Netherlands. (At that time, Van Doorne & Sjollema was the Dutch affiliate of the London-based global law firm Clifford Chance.) During Mr. Laur’s tenure at Van Doorne & Sjollema, he dealt with legal cases involving intellectual property, software licensing, high and low-tech joint ventures, arbitration and general corporate matters. Mr. Laur handled projects on behalf of Dutch, English and American corporate clients throughout the European Union and the Middle and Far East. After returning to the United States from Europe, Mr. Laur worked in the corporate department of the healthcare law firm of McDermott & Trayner.

Laur is a frequent speaker at local and international meetings on intellectual property issues, innovation management strategies and best practices. He holds dual bachelor degrees, with honors, from UCLA in political science and philosophy. He earned his doctorate of law degree, cum laude, from the Boston College Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of California.


Updated January 2019