Surgeon and entrepreneur Dr. Kevin Sexton has been named president of BioVentures LLC, the technology licensing office and business incubator based at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Sexton, an associate professor in the College of Medicine Department of Surgery, became interim director in 2021 following the death of Nancy Gray, Ph.D., who had led BioVentures since 2015.
BioVentures helps equip researchers with technology licensing, patent protection and other resources that are required for company startups.
“I am excited and honored for this new opportunity to lead BioVentures, an organization with a long track record of supporting Team UAMS and growing the local economy,” Sexton said in an official statement.
Sexton brings advanced expertise in informatics and software that he hopes will help expand the technology licensing capabilities and bring more research developments to the market.
“We want discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship to become part of the campus DNA,” Sexton said.
In addition to his surgical and BioVentures roles, Sexton is co-director of the Health Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HSIE) Training Program for UAMS postdoctoral fellows, a program of the Translational Research Institute. He is also associate director of the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation and associate chief clinical informatics officer for Innovation, Research, and Entrepreneurship, although his time in these roles has been reduced.
Sexton has multiple patents and more in progress with he and his colleagues at the institute disclosing a new technology every quarter on average. Sexton has founded and sold two companies. His first patent came from an invention during his surgical residency at Vanderbilt University. His advanced medical and computer skills enabled him to devise an intravenous sensor that would show whether a catheter was properly in a patient’s vein.
After joining UAMS in 2015 as a trauma surgeon, Sexton grew his knowledge in research and the role of computers in health care. He became board certified in clinical informatics and much of his work has been investigating new software systems for UAMS, analyzing how best to integrate systems and examining how the electronic health record can be used for research.