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Wayne O. Carter

Wayne CarterPresident and CEO, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute

Dr. Wayne Carter's entire career has brought innovation into organizations centered on improving health in research and development, clinical practice and novel technologies. 

He has 18 years of leadership in Fortune 500 companies and five years leading the strategic development of life sciences for the Kansas City region. His career has spanned human and animal health, across all therapeutic disciplines with Pfizer human health, and therapeutic nutrition with Colgate/Hills. Dr. Carter has mentored startup companies, actively worked with public and private sectors and he has a proven ability to collaborate across industries and academia to solve problems. 

Dr. Carter's passion for technology applications developed from a group started at Pfizer and focused on improving decisions in the drug development process. In that role, he was responsible for translational research and led the company’s North American clinical facilities in the development, validation and
implementation of new clinical technologies to accelerate development decisions for human pharmaceuticals.  

In 2007, Dr. Carter was hired as Vice President of Research for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a Colgate subsidiary, where he led nutrigenomics research and applied gene expression profiling to drive nutrition decisions for novel products in development. Dr. Carter is currently president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, where he works with regional hospitals, medical schools, academic institutions and industry to advance human and animal health through workforce development, research, collaboration and commercialization. 

Dr. Carter attended Purdue University, earning his B.S. degree in 1980, D.V.M. in 1984 and practiced veterinary medicine for five years. He completed residency training in internal medicine and board certification in 1992 and a Ph.D. in immunophysiology at Purdue University in 1994.   

Dr. Carter serves on several director and advisory boards including BioKansas, Missouri Biotechnology Association, the One Health Commission, the University of Kansas Center for Research Board of Trustees, the University of Missouri Research and Discovery Advisory Board and MRIGlobal Board of Trustees.