The professor of paediatrics has accepted a part time position as the inaugural vice provost for entrepreneurship.

Lam heads startup ecosystem at Emory University

Wilbur Lam has been hired as the inaugural vice provost for entrepreneurship at Emory University School of Medicine.

Lam’s new position will be a part-time role as he continues to focus on his main position at the university as a professor of paediatrics. In the new role he will expand programming and mentorship for student entrepreneurs.

Lam will also expand the work of Emory Innovations, the university’s technology transfer office.

Lam started his career at Emory University in 2011 as an assistant professor of paediatrics. He was later promoted to associate professor of paediatrics before accepting his current position in 2021.

He spent 13 years at The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, where he was an associate professor of biomedical engineering and a professor of biomedical engineering.

Lam also spent over a decade as an attending physician in the paediatric haematology and oncology division at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He also previously co-founded three point-of-care and home diagnostics companies borne out of his lab research.

“We want our students to be game-changers who impact the world. We just need to teach the skills on how to take an idea and amplify it,” said Lam in a press statement.

Notable Emory University spinouts include Accuitis Pharmaceuticals, a company developing topical therapy for rosacea, which raised $1.2m in 2015.

Roshini Bains

Roshini Bains is the junior news reporter for Global Corporate Venturing and Global University Venturing.