Brian Rogers is a native of the Pine Bluff, AR, area and is currently founding Director of the Catalyst Innovation Accelerator, building a science and technology focused business incubation program facilitating innovative entrepreneurship in the greater Northeast Arkansas region. He is also Director of Technology Transfer for Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Since 2011, via these two roles plus additional volunteer and consulting efforts, he is involved in various educational and applied initiatives in Arkansas and Memphis related to starting and building science and technology driven businesses that will create more competitive jobs in the Mid-South.
Prior to 2011, Brian spent fifteen years in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and Temple (TX), in various roles related to research, development, and commercialization in the healthcare, semiconductor, electronics, petrochemical, and oil and gas industries. He has applied project management and process and quality engineering principles, such as Six Sigma and Lean, to development and optimization of technical and business processes and models, as well as organizations. Additionally, Brian has practiced law focusing primarily on intellectual property transactions, including transactions related to protecting and developing intellectual assets via licensing, registrations with the United State Patent and Trademark Office, startups, collaborative and outsourced research and development and manufacturing, clinical trials and pre-clinical studies, consulting, and joint management agreements. Cumulatively, he has vetted, developed, and managed hundreds of early stage, scientifically and technologically intensive projects, products, processes, and business models.
Brian received his Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, followed by several years at Texas Instruments, Inc., before completing law school at the University of Houston. His professional engagements include Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Texas Instruments, University of Arkansas, Emerson Electric, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, ATOFINA, Toni and Guy, and Halliburton. He regularly provides training, coaching, and consulting to innovators and entrepreneurs, both individually and in groups, which has included accredited education for physicians (CME) and attorneys (CLE).