Director, KickStart Venture Services

KickStart Venture Services
919.843.5263

Mailing Address:
109 Church St. CB 4105
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Office Location:
201A Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Don Rose is the Director of the OCED KickStart Venture Services team. Don founded Carolina KickStart, a NC TraCs program which supports faculty commercializing biomedical technologies through startup generation. Prior to KickStart, he held senior leadership roles at a number of life science startups: Metabolon (metabolomics, RTP), Deerac Fluidics (nanoliter dispensing, Dublin) and DataCentric Automation (high-throughput crystallography, Nashville). 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 VP 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 Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and B.S. in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina. He has published eight papers, two book chapters, a book on commercializing university technologies, and holds six US patents.

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