Members of New BioVentures Board Named

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Five members have been selected as the new and permanent BioVentures Board of Directors.

Board members will serve three-year terms and replace an interim board created after BioVentures became a private, nonprofit limited liability company in late 2016.

BioVentures is a technology commercialization organization and startup incubator affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

The five board members are:

  • Louise Epstein, director of university partnerships for the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group. 

  • Remi Barbier, founding president and CEO of Cassava Sciences.

  • Kevin Heyeck, a venture partner in 6 Dimensions Capital, a leading U.S. and China–focused investment group specializing in health care and life sciences. He is also a director of Hibercell and Ultivue.

  • Bobby W. Sandage Jr., a general partner in the Cultivation Capital Life Sciences venture fund. He is also president and CEO of Euclises Pharmaceuticals Inc.

  • Steve Abell, vice president of strategic innovations and investments for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.  Also, he is executive vice president of USAble Corporation, Blue Cross’s wholly owned subsidiary.