Bioscience & Technology Business Center Adds New President

Brianne Pfannenstiel, Reporter-Kansas City Business Journal

G.R. Underwood, an entrepreneur and former vice president of the Lawrence Regional Technology Center, has beed hired as the new president and COO of the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas.
G.R. Underwood, an entrepreneur and former vice president of the Lawrence Regional Technology Center, has beed hired as the new president and COO of the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas.

The Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas announced it has hired a new president and COO.

G.R. Underwood, an entrepreneur and former vice president of the Lawrence Regional Technology Center, will be based in Lawrence. He will manage daily operations and long-term strategies for the BTBC system, which includes one facility on the the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan., as well as two Lawrence facilities.

Underwood spent the last three years in Austin, Tex., where he co-founded a University of Texas spinout company specializing in software for the oil and gas industry.

In his new role, he’ll work alongside KU’s entrepreneurship, commercialization and technology transfer efforts.

“Recruiting and creating companies in the life sciences and technology industries continues to be a top priority for the BTBC at KU,” BTBC Executive Chairman LaVerne Epp said in a statement. “We love the value G.R. brings in these areas, specifically his experience in spinning off a successful startup company based on university technology. That’s exactly the type of work he can do here in Lawrence. There are 24 active startup companies based on KU research, and we think G.R. can help add to that number.”