Inventor Spotlight: David Anderson

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David Anderson, professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Institute of Agriculture, never expected to commercialize technology he created — much less help other faculty and staff navigate their own commercialization journeys.

Growing up in a small town surrounded by animals, Anderson always wanted to work with animals and become a veterinarian. During graduate school, he discovered a love for emergency medicine, surgery and conducting research, which eventually led him away from private practice work and into academia.

Anderson is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, he served as Department Head for the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. His research focuses on translational biomedical science and regenerative medicine, particularly the development of platforms for tissue regeneration.

Several years ago, Anderson co-founded NuShores Biosciences to commercialize patented bone and tissue regeneration technologies developed at the University of Arkansas. His startup experience helps him relate to faculty and staff in his department and encourages them to see potential possibilities of their research – patents, licenses or startup ventures.

Each year, he invites the UT Research Foundation to educate his college about commercialization options available to them. Anderson is thankful for his strong partnership with UTRF, as they have assisted his own recent work in intellectual property.

Ultimately, Anderson sees himself as someone who leads by example. He spends most of his time helping others attain their goals – whatever they might be – and become successful professionals.

Read more at UT Research Foundation.

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David Anderson, UT College of Veterinary Medicine