Larry Lopez is the Director of Accelerating Commercialisation. In this capacity he has overseen the Government’s direct investment through 1:1 matching grants of over $170 million in 350 companies over the last 2 ½ years. The focus of the Programme is to support eligible pre-revenue projects commercializing novel technology. Larry has a deep background in commercialization and financing pre-revenue and startup projects. He has held senior roles in corporate banking, investment banking and venture capital mangement. Prior to moving to Australia in 2006, Lopez spent 17 years at Silicon Valley Bank. During his tenure at SVB he held various senior and executive positions, and played a key role in growing the company from a local community bank to a global leader in providing financial services for knowledge based companies and investors. Larry is a director of several technology related private companies and venture capital funds, and sits on a number of not for profit boards in Australia and the United States.