Physics Alum is First Director of Hampton Roads Biomedical Consortium

January 5, 2022

Dr. Kevin Leslie is the Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Biomedical Research Consortium (HRBRC), a partnership between ODU, EVMS, NSU, and Sentara Healthcare that aims to reduce health disparities and build a strong biohealth vertical in the region. Prior to his role at the HRBRC, he was the Associate Director of VCU Ventures and provided scientific leadership for Richmond’s Health Innovation Consortium (HIC), a national private-public platform for supporting novel healthcare technologies. In addition, Kevin led strategy and oversight at a university spinout developing novel molecular diagnostic techniques with applications in cancer medicine and the detection of genetic disorders. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University and his B.S. and M.S. from the College of William & Mary.

According to Dr. Leslie, "The six years I spent in VCU’s Physics Department were transformational for both my education and career. I conducted research with a team of international collaborators at the intersection of biophysics, engineering, and medicine. This work then led to my participation in commercialization efforts around the technology we developed, enabling me to build programs for scientists and physicians at VCU and beyond. None of this would not have been possible without the support of Dr. Jason Reed and his team."

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