Executive Director, Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

dr kathy nugentDr. Kathy Nugent joined the UAB Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HIIE) in 2014 as Executive Director, where she oversees the commercialization efforts of all UAB technologies. Under Dr. Nugent's leadership, the HIIE executed 52 licenses and was issued 45 patents in FY2017. In that same period, the HIIE launched 6 start-ups and is poised to more than double that number in 2018, following the launch of the UAB Commercialization Accelerator where Dr. Nugent also serves as Executive Director.  In addition, she is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Biotechnology program at UAB.  She serves on the Board of Directors of numerous regional organizations, including Southeast BIO, BioAlabama, Innovation Depot, Birmingham Business Alliance, and Birmingham Venture Club.  

Dr. Nugent's background includes more than 20 years as a senior biotechnology executive in which she specialized in providing senior counsel to companies focused on pharmaceutical discovery and development. Specifically, she is skilled in providing strategic guidance in the areas of financial, scientific and regulatory communications, product launches and crisis management.

Dr. Nugent was an adjunct professor at the City University of New York, Hunter College, Baruch College and Medgar Evers College. Dr. Nugent earned her Ph.D. in biopsychology at the City University of New York and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Pharmacology at the Weill-Cornell Medical College.