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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. 

Upcoming Presentations


Randall T. Peterson, PhD
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CT
"Getting drugs from a fishysource: Zebrafish as an unexpected partner in drug discovery."
Randall T. Peterson, PhD
Dean for the College of Pharmacy
L. S. Skaggs Presidential Endowed Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
University of Utah

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. 

Chris Lorson, PhD

Curator’s Distinguished Professor MU Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine

"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

Watch the December 2022 Presentation

Presentation Passcode: d+X0gY9i

Arny Ferrando, PhD, FISSN

Wes Smith Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics for Longevity, Health Promotion
and Frailty Prevention, 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

Watch the October 2022 Presentation

Presentation Passcode: 1!FEsnBF

Reema Raiklar, PhD

Scientific Program Manager, SBIR Development Center, National Cancer Institute

"Funding and Commercialization Resources and Biomedical Technologies"

May 12, 2022

Watch the May 2022 Presentation

Presentation Passcode: Qv7n7%4!

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

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

January 20, 2022

Watch the January 2022 presentation


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

Watch the December 2021 presentation

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

Watch the October 2021 presentation

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 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

"Shedding a Light on Managing Conflicts of Interest" 

March 25, 2021

Watch the March 2021 presentation


Bryan McRae, MD

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

"Surgical Development and Entrepreneurship"

February 12, 2021

Watch the February 2021 presentation

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

Watch the January 2021 presentation

Patrick D. Walker, MD

Founder and Staff Renal Pathologist, Arkana Laboratories

"Arkana Laboratories: The Story"

December 11, 2020

Watch the December 2020 presentation

Lili Portilla, MPA

NCATS SBIR/STTR Program Director, NIH

"Accelerating Your Research to the Commercialization Stage"

November 18, 2020

Watch the November 2020 presentation

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 

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

September 22, 2020

Watch the September 2020 presentation

John Chavez, MBA

President of New Mexico Angels Investment Group

"Moving Medical Technology from the Lab to the Market"

March 26, 2020

Watch the March 2020 presentation

Monica Jablonski, PhD, FARVO

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

"The First Step Is Always the Hardest"

January 10, 2020

Watch the January 2020 presentation

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

Watch the November 2019 presentation

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

Watch the September 2019 presentation

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

Watch the April 2019 presentation

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

View January 2019 presentation

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

Watch the December 2018 presentation

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

Watch the October 2018 presentation

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

Watch the September 2018 presentation

Jeffery H. Moran, MD

Chief Executive Officer, PinPoint Testing, Associate Professor at UAMS

"An Unorthodox Path to Entrepreneurial Success"

April 10, 2018

Watch the April 2018 presentation

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

View the March 2018 presentation

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

Watch the January 2018 presentation

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

Watch the September 2017 presentation
Feb 24, 2023