Don Rose

Director, Kickstart Venture Services, UNC Office of Commercialization and Economic Development; Founding Team Member, Carolina Angel Network

Don Rose is the director of the KickStart Venture Services team within the UNC Office of Commercialization and Economic Development. Don founded Carolina KickStart, a North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences program that supports faculty commercialization of biomedical technologies through startup generation. Prior to KickStart, he held senior leadership roles at a number of life science startups. Don was also a general partner with Catalysta Partners (now Hatteras Venture Partners), a seed-stage venture fund specializing in information technology and biotechnology startups. During this time, he was co-founder and CEO of Phase Bioscience, a biomaterials startup spun out of Duke University.

Prior to Catalysta, Don was co-founder and vice president of research and development for Cartesian Technologies, a leader in instrumentation for DNA microarrays and nanoliter dispensing. Prior to Cartesian, he was a research scientist at Glaxo Wellcome (now GSK), where he developed and promoted a number of technologies in bioanalytical chemistry, combinatorial chemistry and high-throughput screening. Prior to Glaxo Wellcome, Don developed various aspects of capillary electrophoreses instrumentation at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. Don earned his PhD in analytical chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has published eight papers, two book chapters, a book on commercializing university technologies, and he holds six US patents.