MPH, MBA, President and CEO, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Doug Edgeton has extensive executive-level experience in health care, research park development, and business administration. Edgeton has managed both talent and facilities to create an ecosystem for organizational growth. He translates this to his leadership role at NCBiotech, where he targets state investment and staff expertise to help North Carolina’s life science companies grow, create jobs, and bring life-changing technologies to market. He joined NCBiotech in 2012 as senior vice president for financial planning and development, and conducted a top-to-bottom examination of programs, staffing and finances. He then led the development and implementation of a new strategy when he became President and CEO in 2014. Prior to NCBiotech, Edgeton held senior roles with the medical school and health system at Wake Forest University, laying the groundwork for the Piedmont Triad Research Park. Prior to that he served as the Associate Dean at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
Session Synopsis: This panel promises an exciting discussion around the interplay between universities and entrepreneurship, the creation of intellectual property and building biotech. Different leaders across academia, venture capital, and companies will join this discussion of how to connect university activities and researchers with the emerging biotech sector for successful business development that can catapult the Research Triangle beyond Silicon Valley.