Derek Eberhart, Ph.D
Director, UGA Innovation Gateway: AgTech Industry & Investor Panelist
Derek Eberhart is the Director of Innovation Gateway at the University of Georgia (UGA). Innovation Gateway encompasses UGA’s intellectual property licensing and startup company programs to help streamline the path from the lab to the marketplace ensuring that UGA research discoveries reach their full potential for public benefit. UGA’s commercialization program has helped facilitate the generation of more than 675 products and 160 startup companies based on UGA research. Prior to joining UGA in 2008, Derek worked in the biopharma industry most recently as Director of Alliance and Portfolio Management at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, where he managed several of Lexicon's drug discovery partnerships, including alliances with pharmaceutical and biotech companies as well as collaborations with federal and non-profit entities. He is active in the Georgia life science community, including serving on the Georgia Bio Board of Directors, and speaks frequently on technology commercialization. Derek received his bachelor's and master's degrees from UGA in poultry genetics. He earned his PhD in genetics and molecular biology at Emory University before serving as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.