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Brian Rogers named director of
commercial innovation technology incubator
January 5, 2011
State University announced that Dr. Brian Rogers has been named director
of the new commercial innovation technology incubator to be housed in
the Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI) on the ASU campus in Jonesboro.
The incubator, known as the Arkansas Biosciences Institute Commercial
Innovation Center (ABI-COM), was developed as part of a long-term vision
for economic development following storms, flooding and tornados that
struck the state in 2008. The technology incubator will offer office and
laboratory facilities and business services to businesses and
entrepreneurs working towards turning innovations into products and
services. It will operate in conjunction with ABI and ASU’s Delta
Center for Economic Development to encourage investment in new
technology development and commercialization throughout the region in
order to ultimately create quality new employment opportunities.
“We are fortunate that Brian Rogers has joined the ASU team. We look
forward to partnering with him to better link the activities of the
College of Business, the Delta Center and the ABI Commercial Innovation
Center in transforming scientific discoveries into going concerns,” said
Dr. Len Frey, dean of ASU’s College of Business. “Brian will play a
major role in the College of Business efforts to grow our
entrepreneurial capabilities and in making the entrepreneurial spirit
systemic across the ASU campus.”
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke made a trip to Arkansas in April
2009 to announce that a grant for $1,750,500 had been awarded to ASU for
the development of ABI-COM. The grant was provided by the U.S.
Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and
presented to then-ASU Chancellor Dr. Robert L. Potts.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held that September at the ABI
Prior to joining Arkansas State University, Rogers spent several years
as the commercialization manager and attorney for the department of
research for Texas A&M University’s research hospital, Scott and White
Healthcare. He is a licensed patent attorney and earlier spent several
years working for law firms in Dallas and Austin, primarily in
intellectual property law.
Preceding law school, Brian worked at Texas Instruments, Inc., in the
Dallas area for several years, managing special projects, supporting
manufacturing and conducting research and development related to various
semiconductor and electronics assembly processes.
“As a native of Arkansas and the Delta who has been gone a long time, it
means a lot to me and to my family for me to have the opportunity to
move home and use relationships, experiences and perspectives cultivated
elsewhere to contribute directly to creating greater opportunities
here,” said Rogers. “I am excited to fully engage with the community
and with efforts already in motion to encourage and reap the rewards of
a collective mindset having higher standards for education and
A native of the Pine Bluff area, Rogers received an undergraduate degree
in chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas and a juris
doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center.
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