Dr. Clifton is a life-science entrepreneur and bioengineer with a background in medical device and innovation education. His focus is on the global future of medical innovation, where the city of Houston, with its prolific medical research community and diverse culture, is a natural home.
Prior to his work at Rice, Dr. Clifton was Senior Director of Medical Affairs at Procyrion, where he spent six years developing a minimally invasive pump to treat heart failure, taking it from a prototype through first-in-human clinical trials. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 2012, with advanced research in otolaryngology as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellow.
Sarah is an experienced life sciences manager and entrepreneur with a demonstrated history working in Academia. Her focus is to strategically build medical and biotech industry partnerships, identify grant funding opportunities and foster collaboration with academic and hospital partners while building an industry career pipeline for students in the Bioengineering department.
In her previous role as Director of Business Development with Baylor College of Medicine, she turned conceptual ideas into affordable healthcare products for the global market. She managed a diverse portfolio of $3 million in grant funding cultivated from USAID and Paul Allen Foundation. She also managed all ongoing projects for Global Innovation program including the Global Health Hackathon, and the Smart Pod.
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