Paul Fitzpatrick Elected Board Chairman of Statewide Life Science Association

Life Science Tennessee members elect new board officers, two new members for 2021

Nashville, Tenn. – Life Science Tennessee (LST), a statewide member organization for life science companies, research institutions and economic development groups, today announced the appointment of Paul Fitzpatrick as chairman of its Board of Directors. Fitzpatrick, who first joined the LST board in 2014, succeeds Ted Townsend, chief economic development and government relations officer for the University of Memphis, who served as chairman for the last three years.

Fitzpatrick has more than 25 years of diverse entrepreneurial business and health care experience. He is the CEO of Chattanooga-based Advanced Catheter Therapies, a research and development medical device company with a portfolio of innovative catheter technologies. He also provides valuable C-level engagement to early-stage companies.

“I am honored to have been elected chairman of Life Science Tennessee by our members,” said Fitzpatrick. “At a time when the world is focused on the ingenuity and innovation of the life science industry, I look forward to partnering with our network of startups, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, research institutions and more to continue to bring new life-saving therapies to Tennesseans and beyond. I also look forward to working closely with Abby Trotter, our executive director, the LST staff and our board to grow this important industry in our state.”

In addition, the following new officers were appointed to the LST board: Glenn Perdue, managing member of Kraft Analytics LLC, as vice chairman; Kayla Graff, CEO and cofounder of Memphis-startup SweetBio, as secretary; and Hunter Rost, partner at Waller, as treasurer.

LST members also added two new board members: Jenn Adams, CEO of August Bioservices, and Eric Mayer, CEO of EDP Biotech.

About Life Science Tennessee

Life Science Tennessee is a statewide, nonprofit member organization whose mission is to advance and grow the life science industry in Tennessee through advocacy, partnerships and alignment with economic and workforce development. Members include companies, universities, research institutions, government and economic development groups and other industry associations involved in discovery and application of life sciences products and related services that improve the health and well-being of people throughout the world. LST conducts business and economic development activities; advocates on behalf of the industry; educates the public about the benefits of life sciences research and product development; and provides a network for the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities.