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, LITTLE ROCK — Eric Peterson, PhD, has been named executive vice president of BioVentures LLC at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
Peterson is chair of the UAMS Patent and Copyright Committee and an associate professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
As Executive Vice President, he will oversee technology development in collaboration and partnership with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
“Dr. Peterson has unparalleled expertise in technology development and has already streamlined some of our processes, so we are really excited to have him in this expanded leadership role,” said Kevin Sexton, President of BioVentures.
Peterson’s primary research focus has been the design of antibody nanotechnology and gene therapy technologies that can reduce or block the rewarding effects of methamphetamine use disorder. He is listed on three patents as an inventor for his contributions to immunotherapy for drug use disorder treatment.
He has served on the UAMS Patent and Copyright Committee since 2014 and as chairman since February 2021.
UAMS is the only health science university in the state with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions and public health; a graduate school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutions: Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health and Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that includes all of UAMS’s clinical enterprises. UAMS is the only adult level 1 trauma center in the state. US News & World Report recognizes UAMS Medical Center as Best Hospital for 2021-22; Ranked its Ear, Nose, and Throat program in the top 50 nationwide for the third year in a row; and designated five areas as high performance – colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 medical residents and fellows, and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who care for patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, VA Medical Center, and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, TwitterYouTube or Instagram.