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Health Science Entrepreneurship Seminars

Health Science Entrepreneurship Seminars

The Utah Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) sponsors the Health Science Entrepreneurship Seminar Series, a monthly meeting featuring successful and engaging scientist who have proven experience in the entrepreneurial ventures, sharing their stories via webcast and broadcasted to the HSEB building in room HSEB 4100C or 5100C on the secont friday of the month at 12 pm.

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 Seminar Series presentations are scheduled for the second Friday of each month.


Date Speaker Topic

January 20, 2022


Wei Li, PhD, UTHSC Distinguished Professor, Director of UTCoP Drug Discovery Center, Faculty Director of UTCoP Shared Analytical Instrument Facility, Founder and CSO, SEAK Therapeutics, LLC

University of Tennessee

The One-Mile Mark in a Marathon: First Tastes of Starting a
Company in Developing a Small Molecule Drug

December 10, 2021


Kattesh V. Katti, PhD, Curator's Distinguished Professor of Radiology and Physics

University of Missouri

From Lab to Market: Translating Discoveries in Green Nanotechnology into Nanomedicine Products

November 16, 2021


Nathaniel Hafer, PhD, Director of Operations, Center for Clinical and Translational Science


M2D2: A Multi-Institutional Partnership Catalyzing the Commercialization of Medical Devices and Biotechnology Products

October 28,2021


Teddy Johnson, PE, MBA, Director of Technology Development for Institute of Translational Health Sciences

 University of Washington

How to Know If You Have A Marketable Idea

May 4, 2021


Stephen D. Fening, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engingeering; Director, Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership

Case Western Reserve University

Developing the Next Generation of Translational Biomedical Scientists”

April 29, 2021


Ellen Purpus, PhD, Assistant Vice President, Enterprise and Innovation

University of Nevada, Reno

Shedding a Light on Managing Conflicts of Interest

April 16, 2021


John P. Wilson, PhD, Founder and CEO

Protify, LLC

Entrepreneurship in Biotech: From a Garage to the Bleeding Edge

February 12, 2021


Bryan McRae, MD, Executive Director (interim), Center for Innovation

University of Utah School of Medicine

Surgical Device Development and Entrepreneurship

January 27, 2021


Jonathan Wall, PhD,

Director of Research, UTHSC Graduate School of Medicine (Knoxville) Director of the Amyloidosis and Cancer Theranostics Co-Founder and interim Chief Science Officer of Attralus, Inc.

The Road to a Collaborative Corporate-Academic Partnership for Biotechnology”

December 11, 2020


Patrick D. Walker, MD Founder and Staff Renal Pathologist

Arkana Laboratories

Title: Arkana Laboratories: The Story

October 29, 2020


Stephen Hanlon, Director, Health and Bioscience Innovation Hub   

University of Wyoming

Title: University of Wyoming Health and Bioscience Hub


September 22, 2020


Ian McClure, JD, Liz Knapp, MS, and Almesha Cambpell

University of Kentucky

Title: EnRICH Program Inaugural Year- Looking for Champions and Collaborators
March 26, 2020

John Chavez, MBA
New Mexico Angels, President Phase One Ventures, Managing Partner

NMA Ventures

Title: Moving Medical Technology From The Lab To The Market
February 14, 2020

Kai Kuck, PhD, ME
Director of Bioengineering and Professor of Anesthesiology

University of Utah

Title: Health Science Entrepreneurship in a Changing World: From Research to Impact-Medical Device and Innovation
January 10, 2020

Monica M. Jablonksi, PhD
Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at OcculoTherapy, LLC Anatomy & Neurobiology

University of Tennessee Health Science Center 

Title:The First Step is Always the Hardest
December 13, 2019

Noah Asher, BBA
CEO, Co-founder, Vascugenix  (Medical Device Start-up)

National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Program

Title:Finding Success Trhough Failure:An Entrepreneurship Journey
November 8, 2019

Karim Budhwani, PhD
CEO-Scientist, Elixir International, Visiting Scienctist

University of Alabama Birmingham

Title:Leading the Innovation and New Knowledge Driven Economy of the Future
October 11, 2019

Mariam Grojian, New Ventures Manager. Office of Technology Commercialization

University of Kentucky

Title: Executives on roster(XOR): Best Practices and Talent Matching
September 13, 2019

Sharon C. Ballard, President/CEO

EnableVentures, Inc & Nushores Biosciences LLC

Title:Leveraging Non-Dilutive Federal Funding To Springboard Science/Technology Ventures
May 10, 2019

Mark Liles, PhD
Biological Science Professor

Auburn University

Title:Lesson From an Academic in Avoiding the Ditches and Valleys of Commercial Death
April 12, 2019

Jeff Stinson, CPA, MBA
Founder and Director

HealthTech Arkansas

Title:HealthTech Arkansas and its Contributions to Healthcare Innovation in Arkansas
February 8, 2019

Michael S. Kay, MD,PhD
Professor of Biochemistry

University of Utah

Title:D-Peptides Inhibitors: Empowering Nature's Fragile Warriors
January 11, 2019

Jim Baxendale
Founder and Director

HealthTech Arkansas

Title:University/Hospital Innovators and Technology Transfer
Dec 14, 2018

Chris West
President of ZeroTo510,

University of Tennessee

Title:What We've Learned in Life Science Innovation: Practical Tips in Translational Research


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