Pruitt Research Day

Join us as we celebrate the next generation of Biomedical Engineers and Scientists!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering 

 8:45 -  8:55am    Welcome
 9:00 - 10:30am   Student Talks
10:30 - 10:45am  Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:15am  Student Talks
11:15- 12:00pm Keynote speaker Jamie Grooms
12:00 - 1:00pm  Lunch
 1:00 - 1:45pm   Keynote speaker Dr. Jeffrey Fitzsimmons
 1:45 - 4:00pm Poster Session and Refreshments


Industrial Keynote Speaker: Jamie Grooms

CEO of the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research

Mr. Grooms serves as Business Advisor of Corporate Development at GeneEx Inc. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of AxoGen, Inc., Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of RTI Biologics, Inc. (formerly Regeneration Technologies, Inc.) and President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Florida Tissue Bank Inc. He was a Co-founder of Regeneration Technologies (RTIX). Mr. Grooms has 17 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur in medical technology. He has an extensive experience in many areas of med-tech business operations, including R&D, laboratory and manufacturing operations. Mr. Grooms has developed state-of-the-art medical processing and manufacturing systems, robotics, and other technological innovations, and has held positions with LifeNet (formerly Virginia Tissue Bank), Osteotech and CryoLife in various positions of leadership. He has served as a Director of LecTec Corp. since 2011 and Director of RTI Biologics, Inc. since 1998.

Academic Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Fitzsimmons Entrepreneur and Professor, Department of Radiology at the University of Florida

Dr. Jeffrey R. Fitzsimmons is currently a professor of Radiology at the University of Florida. He has an exceptional track record as an academic researcher and entrepreneur in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. In 1985, Dr. Fitzsimmons co-founded Applied Resonance Technology (ART) that later merged with MRI Devices Corp. In 1990, Dr. Fitzsimmons became the chairman of the board of directors of this company and helped grow it from a startup with less than a thousand dollars initial investment into a company with $50M in annual revenue. The company was sold to Philips Medical Systems as InVivo Corp, a major MR technology company of the current times. Dr. Fitzsimmons participates in the development of an Angel fund called Emergent with a number of local entrepreneurs. Dr. Fitzsimmons’ academic and technology development background has helped to establish and sustain a number of successful companies that in total employ more than 500 employees here in the Gainesville area.