Video Interview: GRA President Russell Allen on the state and needs of Georgia’s life science community – Part 2 of 2

By funding research, recruiting scholars, translational and commercialization efforts, GRA plays an integral role in the state’s life science innovation capabilities and industry growth. 2019 will mark the 10th anniversary of the GRA Venture Fund, a public – private venture capital fund that invests in research driven, Georgia-based companies.

“We need to introduce [new legislators] to new innovations in life sciences and help them understand not only the economic impacts of the industry, but the good we are doing, the products we have created and the successes we have already enjoyed,” says GRA President Russell Allen.

Here is part two of our interview with Russell from the 2019 Golden Helix Awards Gala in February.


Russell recently transitioned from leading Georgia Bio to leading the Georgia Research Alliance. He also received one of two Georgia Bio 2019 Industry Growth Awards, the highest honor the organization bestows upon industry leaders.

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