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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. 


Recorded Presentations

Below is a listing of past HSE Grand Rounds seminar series presentations and links to view them. When prompted, please login with your UT NetID and password to view the recording and/or slides. 

Kattesh Katti, PhD

Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Radiology and Physics, University of Missouri

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

December 10, 2021

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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

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Stephen D. Fening, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Director, Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership, Case Western Reserve University

Cheryl Thompson, PhD

Assistant Dean of Education Initiatives, School of Medicine; Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reseve 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

"Shedding a Light on Managing Conflicts of Interest" 

March 25, 2021

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Bryan McRae, MD

Executive Director (Interim) Center for Medical Innovation, University of Utah School of Medicine

"Surgical Development and Entrepreneurship"

February 12, 2021

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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 of Attralus, Inc.

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

January 27, 2021

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Patrick D. Walker, MD

Founder and Staff Renal Pathologist, Arkana Laboratories

"Arkana Laboratories: The Story"

December 11, 2020

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Lili Portilla, MPA

NCATS SBIR/STTR Program Director, NIH

"Accelerating Your Reserach to the Commercialization Stage"

November 18, 2020

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Ian McClure, JD, LLM

Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Kentucky

Liz Knapp, MS

Program Manager, Office of Technology Commercialization, Univeristy of Kentucky

Co-Manager, Southeast XLerator Network (Hub & Communications)

Almesha Campbell

Assistant Vice President, Research and Economic Development, Jackson State University 

"EnRICH Program Inaugural Year - Looking for Champions and Collaborators"

Septeber 22, 2020

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John Chavez, MBA

President of New Mexico Angels Investment Group

"Moving Medical Technology from the Lab to the Market"

March 26, 2020

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Monica Jablonski, PhD, FARVO

Professor of Opthalmology, Anatomy and Neurobiology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

"The First Step Is Always the Hardest"

January 10, 2020

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Karim I. Budhwani

CEO-Scientist for elixir international and Visiting Scientist, The University of Alabama Birmingham and Coe College 

"Leading the Innovation and New Knowledge Driven Economy of the Future" 

November 8, 2019

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Sharon C. Ballard

President/CEO for Enable Ventures, Inc. and NuShores Biosciences, LLC

"Leveraging Non-Dilutive Federal Funding to Springboard Science & Technology Ventures"

September 13, 2019

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Jeff Stinson, CPA, MBA

Founder and Director, HealthTech Arkansas; Executive Director, Fund for Arkansas’ Future

“HealthTech Arkansas and its Contributions to Healthcare Innovation in Arkansas”

April 12, 2019

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Jim Baxendale

Director of the Whiteboard 2 Boardroom Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Innovation Center

"University/Hospital Innovators and Technology Transfer"

January 11, 2019

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Chris West

Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Tennessee Research Foundation; President, ZeroTo510 Accelerator

"What We’ve Learned in Life Sciences Innovation: Practical Tips in Translational Research"

December 14, 2018

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Laura P. James, MD

Director, UAMS Translational Research Institute; Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

"SMALL Business Grants: BIG Opportunities" 

October 12, 2018

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Molly Wasko, PhD

Collat School of Business Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Faculty Success; I-Corps Program Director; CCTS Executive Council Member; the University of Alabama at Birmingham

“I-Corps@NCATS Workshop”

September 14, 2018

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Jeffery H. Moran, MD

Chief Executive Officer, PinPoint Testing, Associate Professor at UAMS

"An Unorthodox Path to Entrepreneurial Success"

April 10, 2018

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Duane D. Miller, PhD, NAI

Professor Emeritus, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UTHSC

“From Androgen Receptor Ligand Discovery to Potential Therapeutic Uses”

March 13, 2018

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Sameer Ather, MD, PhD

Co-founder and CEO, XpertDox, LLC, Former Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Disease, the University of Alabama at Birmingham

“Healthcare’s Digital Future”

January 9, 2018

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Dr. Jay Gandy

Professor and Chair at UAMS, Founding Partner, Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health (CTEH), LLC

“Lessons Learned from the Transition of Scientist to Businessman”

September 12, 2017

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Last Published: Dec 16, 2021