Wake Forest Baptist's chief innovation officer abruptly steps down: 6 things to know

Eric Tomlinson, chief innovation officer at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., and president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, is resigning March 1.

Here are six things to know:

1. Dr. Tomlinson has worked at Wake Forest Baptist since June 2012.

2. During his tenure as chief innovation officer, Wake Forest Baptist faculty and staff were issued 400-plus patents, allowing the organization to complete more than 50 technology license and option agreements as well as help create 19 start-ups.

3. He also spearheaded the creation of the Wake Forest Baptist's Technology Development Program.

4. As president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, an enterprise of the medical center in collaboration with private developers, the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Dr. Tomlinson helped create a hub for research, business and education.

5. The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter includes 3,600 workers and more than 150 companies.

6. Dr. Tomlinson will assist Wake Forest School of Medicine leaders in ensuring a smooth transition over the next few months.

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