Vice President for Economic Development
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806
Carter Wells leads Economic Development at HudsonAlpha with the founders’ vision of innovation, collaboration and impact, at the forefront of mind.
HudsonAlpha’s Economic Development mission is driven by the overarching goals of growing the biotech presence on the Institute’s campus and throughout north Alabama; leveraging the HudsonAlpha ecosystem for entrepreneurs, start-up companies and small businesses; creating opportunities for collaboration and for genomic services; and generating economic impact to local, state and regional stakeholders.
Wells and the Economic Development team work to recruit companies for expansion and relocation; encourage and support entrepreneurs to start and grow biotech companies; connect talented and driven people for collaboration; and find proven and creative ways to overcome barriers to success for HudsonAlpha associate companies.
Wells builds and strengthens relationships with local, state, and federal government officials and community leaders to highlight the benefits of HudsonAlpha’s economic development mission. In addition to these responsibilities, Wells directs the Business Development efforts and the work of the Operations team at HudsonAlpha.
Today, over 850 people work on the HudsonAlpha campus, which is home to the Institute’s non-profit genomic research laboratories and 45 biotech companies.
Wells brings to the role a diverse wealth of experience, having served from 2010 until 2020 as Chief Executive Officer of iCubate, Incorporated, a molecular diagnostics company. Mr. Wells was responsible for the overall leadership and daily operations of the company. Additionally, he maintained strong relationships with iCubate’s board of directors, shareholders and various external groups. Under his leadership, Wells and the team achieved FDA clearances and CE marks on comprehensive bloodstream infection diagnostic tests; entered into successful international licensing and joint venture agreements; made initial integration into the US clinical microbiology market; received FDA “breakthrough device” designation on a non-tuberculosis Mycobacterium assay; and developed and integrated a diagnostic test for COVID-19.
Wells serves as a District Chair and Board Member for the Business Council of Alabama and is a member of the U.S. Army Community Relations Committee. He is past chairman of BioAlabama and former board member of the startup incubator BizTech and the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. Prior to joining HudsonAlpha, Mr. Wells led teams in various political, governmental and non-profit organizations in the Southeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. Notably, Wells served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Robert E. “Bud” Cramer.
Mr. Wells is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is married to Juliet Hettinger Wells and together they have three wonderful children.
“The founders of HudsonAlpha created a model for biosciences discovery and commercialization like no other. I am fortunate to lead and work with a diverse group of talented people as we strive to make HudsonAlpha everything it can be for our state, nation and across the globe.”
BA, Auburn University