Eric Tomlinson DSc, PhD

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Eric Tomlinson, DSc, PhD is chief innovation officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

As chief innovation officer, Tomlinson leads Wake Forest Innovations to improve health through collaborative innovation between industry and faculty and staff of the medical center.

Wake Forest Innovations comprises three centers: the Center for Technology Innovation & Commercialization, which accelerates the development and commercialization of inventions; the Center for Industry Research Collaboration, which expedites access to specialized clinical and research capabilities; and the Center for Applied Learning, which promotes best clinical practices through experiential training.

As president of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, Tomlinson helps drive economic growth in the region by leading the formation of a knowledge-based economy centered in the Innovation Quarter and across its partners by developing a dynamic place to work, live, learn and play.

An enterprise of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in collaboration with private developers, the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the Innovation Quarter is a rapidly developing district for innovation situated next to downtown Winston-Salem, NC. It’s a place for research, business and education in biomedical science, information technology, clinical services, engineering and advanced materials.

As of September 2016, it’s home to more than 65 companies, 5 academic institutions, 3,200 workers and several thousand students undertaking degreed and workforce training programs.

Tomlinson has a background as a scientific and business leader working both in early-stage and clinical stage biotechnology companies and within a global pharmaceutical company.

He has built companies and teams from their inception and fund-raising—to their development of biological and small drug/device combination products and gene therapy products. He has transacted mergers of publicly traded companies and raised both private and public equity corporate financings in addition to broad-based product licensing and commercialization agreements with major pharmaceutical companies.

Tomlinson has held academic appointments in the United States and in Europe, including professor in the department of pharmacy at the University of Amsterdam from 1979–1983.

He has co-authored 230 research publications in life sciences and pharmaceutical sciences, including solution thermodynamics, drug design, site-specific drug delivery and gene therapy.

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