University of Tennessee Research Foundation Vice President David Washburn has been named to the board of directors for Life Science Tennessee, the state’s leading association for the life sciences industry. Life Science Tennessee is a statewide, non-profit, member organization whose mission is to advance and grow the life science industry in Tennessee through advocacy, partnerships and alignment with economic and workforce development. The University of Tennessee Research Foundation promotes the commercialization of UT intellectual property. Washburn, who joined the University of Tennessee in November 2011, leads the commercialization activities at Knoxville, Chattanooga, the Space Institute and Institute of Agriculture. Previously, Washburn was assistant director at the Office of Technology Management at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign from 2001 to 2011. He was instrumental in helping launch 25 new startup companies that raised more than $100 million in venture funds with a combined valuation exceeding $300 million. Washburn was an entrepreneur and involved in business development for number of high growth startup companies such as Wolfram Research, InstallShield, and Kuck & Associates. Sam Lynch, President and CEO of Franklin, Tenn.-based BioMimetic is the new chairman of Life Science Tennessee board of directors. As the new chairman, Lynch plans to build on the association’s growth and momentum by expanding awareness of the importance of the industry for jobs and economic growth in the state. “Despite the economic downturn of recent years there is great promise for growth and investment in the life sciences,” said Lynch. “One of the greatest challenges, however, is developing a highly skilled workforce to fuel that growth. Life Science Tennessee looks forward to bringing together our industry, government and education partners to identify ways to develop our workforce,” said Lynch. In addition to Washburn, several new board members were added this year. They include:  David Adair, M.D., Chief Science Officer, Chairman of the Board, and Founder, Glenveigh Medical  Josh Brown, Director of Government and Public Affairs, Pfizer  Hilary Lang, Ph.D., Associate, Waddey & Patterson, P.C.  Jamie Lee, Vice President of Operations and Events, Nashville Health Care Council  Peter Nelson, Director, Business Development, BioDimensions  Paul Seltman, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs & Reimbursement, Smith & Nephew

2013 Life Science Tennessee Board of Directors Officers Chairman Sam Lynch, President and CEO, BioMimetic
Vice-Chairman Steve Bares, President and Executive Director, Memphis Bioworks Treasurer Glenn Perdue, Managing Member, Kraft Analytics Secretary Alan Bentley, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Vanderbilt University Office of Technology Transfer Executive Committee Joe Cook, Jr (Past Chairman), Principal and Co-Founder, Mountain Group Capital Paul Seltman, SVP Government Affairs and Reimbursement, Smith & Nephew Josh Brown, Director, Government Affairs, Pfizer Gary Stevenson, Managing Partner, MB Venture Partners David Black, Ph.D., President and CEO, Aegis Sciences Corporation Bruce Doeg, Chairman Business Development, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berokwitz Tom Ballard, Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Pershing Yoakley & Associates Ken Woody, President, Innova Memphis Peter Nelson, Director, Business Development, BioDimensions Bill Taaffe, Retired President and CEO, ICON Clinical Research David Washburn, Vice President, University of Tennessee Research Foundation Directors David Adair, Chairman and Founder, Glenveigh Medical Kim Denton, President, Oak Ridge Economic Partnership Jim Frierson, Tennessee Valley Energy Jamie Lee, Vice President Operations and Events, Nashville Health Care Council Hilary Lang, Ph.D., Associate, Waddey & Patterson Richard Magid, Ph.D., Vice President, University of Tennessee Research Foundation Bob Morris, Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada Kelly Tiller, Ph.D., President and CEO, Genera Energy Ted Townsend, Regional Director, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Dana Zukierski, Partner, Ernst & Young Ex-Officio Leslie Wisner-Lynch, Executive Director, BioTN Foundation Christopher Cummings, Life Science Tennessee Academic Alliance Liaison, Vanderbilt University Board Observers Paul Fitzpatrick, CEO, Advanced Catheter Therapies Doug Grindstaff, CEO, Nusirt Sciences Eric Latham, Founder and CEO, IPE, Inc. Jud Schneider, Scientific Director, NextGXDX.

About Life Science Tennessee Life Science Tennessee is a statewide, non-profit, member organization whose mission is to advance and grow the life science industry in Tennessee through advocacy, partnerships and alignment with economic and workforce development.

 

Members include companies, universities, research institutions, government and economic development groups, and other industry associations involved in discovery and application of life sciences products and related services that improve the health and wellbeing of people throughout the world. Life Science Tennessee conducts business and economic development activities; advocates on behalf of the industry; educates the public about the benefits of life sciences research and product development; and provides a network for the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities. For more information about Life Science Tennessee, visit http://www.lifesciencetn.org/. About UT Research Foundation The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the commercialization of UT intellectual property, encourages an entrepreneurial culture, contributes to state and regional economic development, and promotes research and education to benefit the people of Tennessee and beyond. Last year, UTRF established nine startup companies based on technology developed by UT faculty and received 141 new invention disclosures.

 

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