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eI2 – The Enabling Innovation Initiative, seminar on Feb 2nd

Posted by on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in Announcements.

The second speaker in Vanderbilt School of Medicine's eI2 seminar series will be featured on  Friday February 2, 3:00 PM, in 214 Light Hall

Dr. David L. Black, Ph.D., F-ABFT, FAIC
Founder, Aegis Sciences Corporation
Founder and CEO, The Phoenix Sciences Group, LLC
Clinical Associate Professor, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology and Pharmacology,
Vanderbilt University
“Accidental Entrepreneur”


Dr. David L. Black, Ph.D., F-ABFT, FAIC, will present "Accidental Entrepreneur: From scientist to business man in 20 short years." Dr. Black will share insights for young scientist-entrepreneurs interested in starting their own ventures or becoming a valuable contributing member of established companies. His hard-won knowledge of leadership traits and establishing cultures that create success will be relevant to any career path trainees choose to pursue.

Dr. Black is a Clinical Associate Professor of Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology and Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University. He is the founder of Aegis Sciences Corporation, a national leader in healthcare and forensic laboratory sciences. He is also the founder and CEO of The Phoenix Sciences Group, LLC. Please see more below for a full description of his academic and professional background.

A reception with refreshments will immediately follow Dr. Black's talk (in 214 Light Hall).

Vanderbilt's Enabling Innovation Initiative is a new program designed to encourage and support a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship to promote discovery here at Vanderbilt. This seminar is co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization and Basic Sciences.

If you have any questions, please contact Rob Carnahan ( or Chuck Sanders (

More About Dr. Black
David L. Black earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola College in Baltimore and doctorate degree in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore (1982). Dr. Black is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (F-ABFT) and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (FAIC). Dr. Black was Department Head and Director of Toxicology for Maryland Medical Laboratory, Inc. from 1982-1986. He joined Vanderbilt University in 1986 as Assistant Professor with appointments in Pathology and Pharmacology. Dr. Black is currently a Clinical Associate Professor with an appointment in Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt.

In 1990 Dr. Black founded Aegis Sciences Corporation where he served as Chairman and CEO until October of 2016. Aegis served as a forensic chemical and drug testing laboratory specializing in Zero-Tolerance Drug Testing® (proprietary process), employee drug testing (SAMHSA), professional and amateur athlete drug testing (Doping Control), food/supplement analysis, pain management compliance testing, crime scene evidence analysis, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and post-mortem evaluations.

Dr. Black has served as Program Administrator for substance abuse programs for NASCAR, IndyCar and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and as a consultant to Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). He has also served as a consultant to major corporations for development of substance abuse prevention policies and testing programs. He has testified extensively in local, state, national and international courts as an expert witness regarding drug use and testing programs. He is author/co-author of many peer reviewed published scientific papers in various scientific journals.

Dr. Black is also Founder and President of Ebon-Falcon, LLC (a commercial real estate company), and Founder and President of “2nd Vote” (a research organization monitoring Corporate social activism). Dr. Black served in the U.S. Marine Corps (1966-69) and in combat in Vietnam (1968-69) and is a 10% disabled veteran. Personal interests include church and community activities, Rotary International, Guatemala Medical/Dental/Vision Mission Trips. Dr. Black has been a Board member of the Nashville Healthcare Council and Life Sciences of Tennessee. Dr. Black lives in Gallatin, TN with his wife US Congressman Diane Black (TN 6th District) and they have three children and six grandchildren.

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