Vice President for Economic Development
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806
Carter Wells leads HudsonAlpha’s Economic Development mission with three overarching goals: growing the biotech presence on the Institute’s campus and throughout north Alabama; creating a biotech ecosystem for startups and small businesses; and carrying forward the vision of collaboration and innovation set by founders Jim Hudson and Lonnie McMillian.
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 people for collaboration and opportunity; and find creative ways to overcome barriers to success for HudsonAlpha associate companies.
Wells further works to meet the goals of Economic Development through governmental relations at HudsonAlpha. This includes building and strengthening relationships with local, state, and federal government officials.
Alongside these responsibilities, Wells manages the Operations and Information Technology groups at HudsonAlpha. These areas are vital to the success of HudsonAlpha’s non-profit research engine, educational outreach programs, genomic medicine efforts as well as the associate companies.
Wells brings to the role a diverse wealth of experience, currently serving as Chief Executive of iCubate, an infectious disease molecular diagnostics company with a platform and assay with FDA clearance.
Wells serves on the board of 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, Wells served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Bud Cramer.
“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