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Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Grand Rounds

The Health Sciences Entrepreneurship (HSE) Grand Rounds seminar series features successful and engaging scientists who have proven experience in entrepreneurial ventures, sharing their stories via webcast.

The seminar series is a collaboration among the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the University of Utah (all Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program institutions), and University of Tennessee Health Science Center. HSE Grand Rounds presentations are scheduled for the second Friday of each month. 


Past Presentations


John Imig, PhD
Vice President for Therapuetics BioVentures, LLC
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
"Unexpected Journey: The Winding Path from Vascular Biology to Biotechnology Entrepreneurship"
May 12, 2023

Jolieke G. van Oosterwijk, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, US Biologic
"Advancing Scientific Discoveries to One Health Applications" 
April 19, 2023

Chris Lorson, PhD
Curator’s Distinguished Professor
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri
"Translational Advances in Neurodegenerative Diseases"
February 15, 2023


Daniel Sem, PhD, MBA, JD
Vice Provost for Research and Innovation
Professor of Business and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Concordia University, Wisconsin and Ann Arbor
"Resources for Healthcare and HealthTech Startups: Examples from the Southeast Wisconsin CTSI"
December 6, 2022


Arny Ferrando, PhD, FISSN
Wes Smith Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics for Longevity
Co-Director, Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity Professor, Department of Geriatrics
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
"The Development of 463: UAMS Amino Acid Formulation"
October 27, 2022


Reema Raiklar, PhD
Scientific Program Manager, SBIR Development Center
National Cancer Institute
"Funding and Commercialization Resources and Biomedical Technologies"
May 12, 2022


Wei Li, PhD
Distinguished Professor, UTHSC
Director, Drug Discovery Center, UTHSC
Founder and CSO, SEAK Therapeutics, LLC
January 20, 2022


Kattesh Katti, PhD
Curator's Distinguished Professor of Radiology and Physics
University of Missouri
December 10, 2021
Teddy Johnson, PE, MBA
Director of Technology Development
Institute of Translation Health Sciences
University of Washington
"How to Know if You Have a Marketable Idea"
October 28, 2021
Stephen D. Fening, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical EngineeringDirector, Case-Coulter Translational Research PartnershipCase Western Reserve University
Cheryl Thompson, PhD
Assistant Dean of Education Initiatives, School of MedicineAssociate Professor, Department of Nutrition, Case Comprehensive Cancer CenterCase Western Reserve University
"Developing the Next Generation of Translational Biomedical Scientists"
May 4, 2021
Ellen Purpus, PhD
Assistant Vice President, Enterprise and Innovation
University of Nevada, Reno
March 25, 2021
Bryan McRae, MD
Executive Director (Interim) Center for Medical Innovation
University of Utah School of Medicine
February 12, 2021
Jonathan Wall, PhD
Director of Research, UTHSC Graduate School of Medicine (Knoxville)
Director of Amyloidosis and Cancer Theranostics
Co-Founder and interim Chief Science Officer, Attralus, Inc.
"The Road to a Collaborative Corporate-Academic Partnership for Biotechnology"
January 27, 2021


Patrick D. Walker, MD
Founder and Staff Renal Pathologist
Arkana Laboratories
December 11, 2020
Lili Portilla, MPA
NCATS SBIR/STTR Program Director, NIH
November 18, 2020
Ian McClure, JD, LLM
Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Kentucky
Liz Knapp, MS
Program Manager, Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Kentucky
Co-Manager, Southeast XLerator Network (Hub & Communications)
Almesha Campbell
Assistant Vice President, Research and Economic Development, Jackson State University 
September 22, 2020


John Chavez, MBA
President, New Mexico Angels Investment Group
March 26, 2020 
Monica Jablonski, PhD, FARVO
Professor of Ophthalmology, Anatomy and Neurobiology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UTHSC
January 10, 2020


Karim I. Budhwani
CEO-Scientist for elixir international and Visiting Scientist, University of Alabama Birmingham and Coe College 
November 8, 2019


Sharon C. Ballard
President/CEO for Enable Ventures, Inc. and NuShores Biosciences, LLC
September 13, 2019


Jeff Stinson, CPA, MBA
Founder and Director, HealthTech Arkansas
Executive Director, Fund for Arkansas’ Future
April 12, 2019


Jim Baxendale
Director of the Whiteboard 2 Boardroom Program, University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Innovation Center
January 11, 2019


Chris West
Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Tennessee Research Foundation
President, ZeroTo510 Accelerator
December 14, 2018
Laura P. James, MD
Director, UAMS Translational Research Institute
Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UAMS

October 12, 2018

Molly Wasko, PhD
Collat School of Business, Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Faculty Success
I-Corps Program Director; CCTS Executive Council Member
University of Alabama at Birmingham
September 14, 2018
Jeffery H. Moran, MD
Chief Executive Officer, PinPoint Testing
Associate Professor at UAMS
April 10, 2018
Duane D. Miller, PhD, NAI
Professor Emeritus, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UTHSC
March 13, 2018

Sameer Ather, MD, PhD
Co-founder and CEO, XpertDox, LLC
Former Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Disease, University of Alabama at Birmingham
January 9, 2018
Dr. Jay Gandy
Professor and Chair at UAMS
Founding Partner, Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health (CTEH), LLC
September 12, 2017 


Feb 15, 2024