Jeff Stinson to Lead UALR Innovation Center

Jeff Stinson has been tapped to lead the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Center for Innovation & Commercialization.

Previously, Stinson led Fund for Arkansas' Future, a private angel group based in Little Rock that invests in early-stage technology startups.

The Center for Innovation & Commercialization commercializes UALR research and intellectual property.

"Jeff Stinson’s experience in mentoring and developing entrepreneurs in our state over the past 13 years will translate well into the role of advancing UALR technologies on their path towards commercialization," said Chancellor Joel Anderson in a news release. "His statewide network of contacts will bring critical exposure to the efforts of our excellent researchers."

Stinson replaces Tom Walker, who established the center in 2006 and retired earlier this year.

"I've been fortunate to work with the university and its faculty over the past decade, so I know first-hand the tremendous opportunities that lie within the technologies being developed on campus," Stinson said. "I look forward to spearheading a collaborative on-and-off-campus effort to bring these technologies to their full commercial potential."