Tuesday, September 16, 2008

TN BIO's Rolwing

Our story yesterday on 'Bionic Woman' Leslie Wisner-Lynch's role in advancing biotechnology in Middle Tennessee -- with observers' comments on the industry's halting progress -- drew a crowd. Not mentioned in that article is the fact that Tennessee Biotechnology Association is getting by with basically 75 percent of an executive director: TBA Chairman and President Bob Acuff told VNC he hopes the organization will soon be able to afford 100 percent of Executive Director Joe Rolwing's time. That's Joe at left in the adjoining photo, talking with a student during a recent TNBIO Student Chapter event (there's another scheduled Sept. 22). TBA contracts for the indefatigable Rolwing's services from Cumberland Emerging Technologies, the incubator that's controlled by Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, Vanderbilt University and Tennessee Technology Development Corporation. Rolwing was only half-time a year or so ago. The balance of his time is apparently still spent as director of the CET Life Sciences Center.

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