The Board of Directors for Southeast BIO (SEBIO) is pleased to announce the appointment of David L. Day as Executive Director, effective immediately. He succeeds Suzanne Cantando, who held the position since 2013.
SEBIO is a regional non-profit organization that fosters the growth of the life sciences industry in the Southeastern United States through efforts that promote entrepreneurship and bring together the key players active in the development of the industry. SEBIO’s geographic footprint includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The organization focuses on key industries within the life sciences, including: bio/pharma, medical devices and technology, agricultural biotechnology, animal health, bioinformatics and biomaterials.
“Over the past 19 years, Southeast BIO has helped turn entrepreneurial ideas into successful businesses by gathering and aligning essential resources in the region. We are a focal point for building a community of support and a network of contacts which helps to match entrepreneurs with mentors and other counselors who have experience, knowledge and contacts to help companies succeed. Our role of introducing companies to sources of capital at key junctures to fuel growth and inspire innovation has a demonstrable track record of success.” – David Day
Mr. Day previously served as Assistant Vice President for Technology, Transfer and Director, Office of Technology Licensing for the University of Florida (UF). From 2001 through early 2017, he oversaw the commercialization efforts for UF through licensing, incubation and related activities. In a report by the California-based economic think tank titled “Mind to Market: A Global Analysis of University Biotechnology Transfer and Commercialization,” UF ranked fifth overall on the Institute’s University Technology Transfer and Commercialization Index.
“We are very fortunate to have David serve in this capacity,” said Todd Sherer, Chair of SEBIO and Executive Director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Industry Contracting at Emory University. “He has earned a very strong reputation with the venture community over the years and he is very passionate about investment in the southeast as the head of the University of Florida’s efforts to support its startup companies.” SEBIO will benefit from Day’s longstanding affiliation with the organization as a founding member, regular volunteer, attendant at the conference, Board member and former Chair of the Board.