About Us

Bioventures Building

BioVentures was established as a formal outgrowth of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences‘ (UAMS) interest in promoting a biomedical technology industry for Arkansas and translating its research into products that benefit human health. UAMS established BioVentures to maximize global, industrial interaction with the University of Arkansas faculty, as well as to facilitate technology transfer, the development of startup companies that are based on UAMS technology, and contributions to Arkansas’ economic development. BioVentures links the research minds at UAMS to global markets in order to advance Arkansas’ scientific and economic development. Meet the Staff.

Message from the President

Welcome to the BioVentures website. UAMS is the state’s largest basic and applied research institution, with a total budget of $1.3 billion and more than $100 million in annual research funding and internationally renowned programs conducted within five colleges and seven specialized institutes. Our mission is to foster commercial investment in the development of inventions, discoveries and other work products flowing from the research at UAMS, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the local VA Hospital in order to enhance human healthcare and stimulate economic development in the state of Arkansas. BioVentures’ role is to serve as the nexus for UAMS innovation, entrepreneurial educational models, and management of intellectual property and an entry point for industries seeking to collaborate with UAMS.

BioVentures strives to be a valuable partner to both the campus and external community. Whether you are a faculty member thinking of disclosing to our office, an employee with a business concept or a company looking for opportunities to partner with us, we look forward to working with you.  Please do not hesitate to contact any staff member if you have questions or comments.

Kevin W. Sexton, M.D.
President and Interim Director, BioVentures



Technology Licensing and IP Commercialization
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Campus
401 South Cedar Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
(501) 686-6696
(501) 686-8501 Fax
E-mail: Bioventures@uams.edu

BioVentures offers UAMS client companies access to many University resources, both at UAMS and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), and a 16,500 square foot new business incubator facility with newly-updated communications and presentation electronics systems in the conference rooms. The client company support in this facility includes offices, wet labs, access to Arkansas’ first GMP laboratory and many of UAMS’ and UALR’s resources and support services.