Speaker Profile

M.D., MPH, Dean, UNC School of Medicine; Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and CEO, UNC Health Care System.

Dr. Roper is professor of health policy and management in the School of Public Health, and is professor of pediatrics and of social medicine in the School of Medicine at UNC. From 1997 until 2004, he was dean of the School of Public Health at UNC. Before joining UNC in 1997, Dr. Roper was senior vice president of Prudential HealthCare. He joined Prudential in 1993 as president of the Prudential Center for Health Care Research. Before coming to Prudential, Dr. Roper was director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), served on the senior White House staff, and was administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (responsible for Medicare and Medicaid). Earlier, he was a White House Fellow. He received his MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and his MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical Center. Dr. Roper is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). He is a member of the board of directors of DaVita, Inc., and a member of the board of directors ofExpress Scripts Holding Company. He lives with his wife Dr. Maryann Roper, a pediatric oncologist, and their son, Will, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Session Abstract

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.