Academic Entrepreneur of the Year 2015
Steven Stice, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, and Director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center, has led industry and academic research teams in the area of pluripotent stem cells for over 20 years. Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Stice worked for a fortune 500 company and then was a cofounder and served as both CSO and CEO of Advanced Cell Technology, the only US company currently in human clinical trials using human pluripotent stem cells. His entrepreneurial spirit continued at UGA, where he co-founded four startup companies: Prolinia, Cytogenesis which later merged with what is now ViaCyte, ArunA Biomedical and SciStem. ArunA was the first company to commercialize a product derived from human pluripotent stem cells, and the company has developed stem cells that were used to facilitate approval of Pfizer’s current cognitive enhancing pharmaceuticals. SciStem is an orthopedic stem cell company. Most recently, Stice helped recruit VICapsys, Inc. into the UGA BioBusiness Center. Stice continually plays a vital role in promoting entrepreneurship in the Athens and Georgia bioscience community.
Inventor’s Award 2005