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Launch Tennessee Announces New Board Members

Nashville, Tenn. (March 22, 2018) – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) today announced the appointment of Calvin Anderson, Shawn Glinter, Rep. Susan Lynn, Kristina Montague, Dr. Stacy Patterson, Julia Polk, David Waddell and Senator Bo Watson to its board.

Board members have oversight of the mission and programming of the organization. LaunchTN board members are appointed by members of the state legislature and the governor’s office for a term of four years.

“We’re pleased to have new voices on our board that showcase a diversity of backgrounds, from serving in the state legislature to managing the only female-led venture funding firm in the state,” said Charlie Brock, CEO of LaunchTN. “Our mission is to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation. We look forward to engaging our board to ensure that startups have the appropriate capital, market access, commercialization resources, talent and business-friendly policy to start and grow their companies in Tennessee.”

New Board Members:

Calvin Anderson serves on the boards of Greater Memphis Chamber and ThinkTennessee, a public policy think tank. He retired in 2017 after more than 20 years at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff.

Shawn Glinter is Cofounder and CEO of Pendant Biosciences (formerly Nanoferix), an advanced materials company developing innovative surface coating and drug delivery technologies using a unique, polymer-based platform. Glinter has spent the last six years as a Master Mentor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. He also mentors for the JumpStart Foundry, the Co.Lab accelerator in Chattanooga, the Life Science Mentor Network and LaunchTN.

Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) represents District 57 in Wilson County in the Tennessee General Assembly. She is Chair of the House Consumer and Human Resources Subcommittee and a member of the House Consumer and Human Resources; Finance, Ways and Means; Ethics; and Joint Fiscal Review committees.

Kristina Montague is Managing Partner of the JumpFund, with more than $5 million under management in funds focused on providing growth capital to women-led ventures. She is also a partner in Next Wave US Impact Fund, a national effort to engage more women investors interested in impact-focused ventures. Previously, Montague was Assistant Dean of External Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s College of Business, where she developed her passion for supporting and encouraging women as business leaders.

Dr. Stacy Patterson is Vice President of Research, Outreach and Engagement at the University of Tennessee and President of the UT Research Foundation. She is responsible for the management and oversight of statewide initiatives that improve research infrastructure and expand the University’s role and impact on economic development in Tennessee. In her role at UTRF, Dr. Patterson oversees the offices responsible for the commercialization of a diverse set of technologies and the development of strategic partnerships with industry.

Julia Polk is Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Financial Officer at IQuity, Inc., a data science company using genomic and proprietary healthcare datasets to detect and monitor chronic disease. A former Wall Street investment banker, venture capitalist and angel investor, Polk also serves as the Managing Director at New Venture Consulting and is a part-time consultant at Solidus Company.

David Waddell is President, CEO and Chief Investment Strategist at Waddell & Associates LLC, a Memphis-based investment advisory and wealth management firm. A civic leader in Memphis, Waddell has been recognized as a “Top 40 under 40” by the Memphis Business Journal and was a finalist for “Executive of the Year” in 2007.

Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixon) represents District 11 in Hamilton County in the Tennessee State Senate. He is Chair of the Senate Finance Ways and Means Committee, 2nd Vice-Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, Chair of the Joint Pensions and Insurance Committee, and a member of the Senate Health and Welfare; Commerce and Labor; and Joint Fiscal Review committees.

To learn more about these and other board members, visit http://launchtn.org/about/board/.

About Launch Tennessee

Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurship with the goal of making Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the country. Partnering with six regional Entrepreneur Centers, Launch Tennessee provides access to technology skills development, capital formation, entrepreneurial resources and more for high-growth startups. Visit LaunchTN.org to discover what makes Tennessee the best place for innovative tech companies.

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