H. Lee Herron, DVM
Vice President of Commercialization, Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia
H. Lee Herron, DVM, is Vice President of Commercialization for the Georgia Research Alliance, a private, non-profit organization that brings together the state’s academic, industry and government leaders to grow Georgia’s economy through scientific discovery. Key programs of the Alliance include recruitment of top scientific talent, development of centers of research excellence, and commercialization of university research. Dr. Herron’s role at the Alliance is to oversee an array of strategic programs focused on launching new science and technology companies built around university research discoveries. In particular, Dr. Herron directs the activities of the GRA VentureLab program.
Just prior to joining the Georgia Research Alliance, Dr. Herron was General Manager, Biosciences, for the Advanced Technology Development Center. In this capacity, Dr. Herron advised start-up and early stage companies regarding the growth and development of their organizations. Through the GRA VentureLab program at Georgia Tech, he worked with faculty at Georgia Tech to evaluate commercial opportunities and to pursue new venture formation or licensing opportunities. He also served as CEO EmTech Bio, a collaborative program of Georgia Tech and Emory.
Before joining ATDC, Dr. Herron worked with BRAHMS AG, a German manufacturer of in-vitro diagnostic products, to establish its North American operations. Earlier, he was the founder, President and CEO of SeaLite Sciences, Inc., a company focused on the development and commercialization of diagnostic products and molecular biology reagents. Dr. Herron was also a founding team member of three other bioscience companies, Biopool International, Inc., CytRx Corporation and Theragenics Corporation. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia.