Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President
Managing Director
Dr. Kathy Nugent serves as Managing Director for the UAB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Nugent is a senior biotechnology executive with over 20 years of healthcare industry experience.
President-Elect
CEO
Peggy serves as CEO of GeneCapture, Inc. a start-up medical device company at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. GeneCapture, Inc. is developing a rapid diagnostic device to detect and identify the source of an infection in less than 1 hour.
Treasurer
Economic & Community Development
At-Large
CEO
Dr. Garner is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Soluble Therapeutics, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, Dr. Garner is an Assistant Professor in the UAB CLS-Biotechnology Program. Dr. Garner has over 14 years of experience in the biotechnology industry and has served as a top executive for three other biotechnology companies during that time.
At-Large
CEO
Marshall is a senior biotechnology executive with 15 years of healthcare investing and management experience. Currently, he is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Conversant Bio, a biotechnology services company focused on the drug and biomarker development market.
At-Large
Mark J. Suto, Ph.D., is vice president of Drug Discovery for Southern Research. He and his team focus on basic research and target identification and lead discovery and optimization of new therapies for cancer, infectious diseases, and neurological diseases and disorders.
Past Chairman
Vice President of Economic Development
Carter Wells is the Vice President of Economic Development for HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. In this role, he leads the institute's economic development, operations, and technology teams...

Board of Directors

Khursheed AnwerExecutive Vice President and Chief Scientific OfficerCelsion
Cecil BostanyTechnology and Life Sciences Practice LeaderWarren Averett CPAs
Jennifer BraxtonSenior Project DirectorEDPA
Joseph BurchfieldRegional Economic DevelopmentTennessee Valley Authority
Andrew ByrdDirector, Office of Commercialization & Industry CollaborationUniversity of South Alabama
Michael ChambersPresident and CEOSwift Biotechnology
James ChildsPartner & Chairman of VC & Private EquityBradley Arant Boult Cummings
Ted ClemDirector of Business DevelopmentAlabama Department of Commerce
Sara CooperFaculty InvestigatorHudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Alan DeanManaging PartnerGreer Capital Advisors
Maaike EvertsAssociate DirectorAlabama Drug Discovery Alliance
Tom KoshutAssociate Vice President for Research and Economic DevelopmentUniversity of Alabama in Huntsville
Devon LaneyPresident and CEOInnovation Depot
Maureen MackVice President for Marketing and CommunicationsHudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Eric MendenhallAssistant Professor, Genomics and EpigeneticsUniversity of Alabama in Huntsville
Jonathan NugentVice President, Innovation and TechnologyBirmingham Business Alliance
Kapil PantVP, Biomedical and Energy TechnologiesCFD Research
Brian PollockPresident and CEOKailos Genetics
Gene PricePartnerBurr & Forman
Clay RyanVice President for Governmental Affairs and Special CounselUniversity of Alabama System
Marshall SchreederCEOConversant Bio
Jan ThorntonDirector, Innovation Advancement & CommercializationAuburn University