Terry Woodworth, Ph.D. — Chief Scientist

Dr. Terry Woodworth, an expert in technology commercialization, holds a position with SHINE Systems as our Chief Scientist. His experience unfolds twenty-six years of supporting the transition of inventions into commercial products and new companies by providing assessments of commercial viability, assisting with product research, development and commercialization, engaging collaborative partnerships, and strategic planning. At SHINE, he is responsible for coordinating expert assessments on a wide variety of technologies from clients including universities, federal laboratories, and the private sector. Before joining SHINE, Terry worked in a variety of roles for Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). As the Director of Life Sciences, he served as Executive Director for Governor Warner’s Commission on Biotechnology. He authored an analysis of energy-related R&D in Virginia that became the basis of the R&D portion of the initial Virginia Energy Plan in 2007. As Regional Director at CIT for the Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley regions, he worked extensively with individual companies commercializing a wide variety of technologies, as well as supporting development and growth of the technology councils. As Associate Director of the CIT Institute of Biotechnology, he assisted in the formation of the Virginia Biotechnology Association (now VaBIO).

Dr. Woodworth earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from Virginia Commonwealth University and his B.S. in Biology from Old Dominion University. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Irvine. Among his publications and certifications are CIT awards such as Best Customer Project (Medical Automation Systems) and Best University-Based R&D Project (M-CAM). He was a finalist for the Navigator Award of the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council in 2001 and helped CIT win the 2002 Angel Award from the Charlottesville Venture Group.