Sam English, PhD

Sam is an experienced biomedical and life science entrepreneur.  He founded the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE Partners) and works closely with clients to develop early-stage concepts into products and businesses.  Additionally, he is CEO and founder of Attention Point, a medical software developer of clinical tools for ADHD assessments.
Sam has co-founded and built multiple biomedical/life science companies ranging from diagnostic biochips to pharmaceuticals. As a consultant, he has assisted numerous entrepreneurs to advance their inventions through product development and commercialization.  He’s helped start-ups secure approximately $9M of investment.
Sam was the Director of University Relations at the Carilion Biomedical Institute (CBI), a partnership between the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and the Carilion Clinic.  He was responsible for managing the CBI multi-million dollar biomedical research programs at UVA and VT which included seed funding to support proof of concept projects, translational research programs, multi-institutional collaborative R&D projects, tech transfer and startup formation. He also identified, qualified and positioned commercial products from university research performing diligence on more than 70 inventions resulting in 17 patent applications and 6 issued patents.  He was responsible for the licensing of 10 technologies that lead to the development of 7 products/business candidates and the launch of 4 start-up companies. These efforts also led to the formation of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute and the development of Riverside, a research business park in Roanoke.
Additionally, Sam has performed diligence on 12 investment opportunities involving early stage companies for venture capitalists and local angel investors.  These resulted in $800K of seed investments into the companies, the relocation of one company to Roanoke, and the launch of 2 start-up companies.
Sam was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke.  Before moving to Roanoke, he developed antibiotic-producing microbial strains at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago.
Sam is active in the community having served as Board Chair for the Science Museum of Western Virginia and the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC).  He has also served on the Boards of CMR Institute, Virginia Western Community College, and the Valleys Innovation Council.  He has helped lead a number of regional initiatives such as the Innovation Blueprint, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority, and the regional business accelerator, RAMP.  He has been recognized as Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, received the Regional Leadership Award and the Ruby Award from the RBTC, and was recognized as a leading entrepreneur in Virginia by the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT).
Sam has a PhD in Biochemistry and a BS in Microbiology from Clemson University and completed a post-doc at the University of Missouri.  He is an author on more than 15 peer reviewed publications in the area of microbial biochemistry/genetics.  He has been a licensing professional in both the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executives Society.

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