Arthur J. Tipton, Ph.D., assumed the role of president and CEO of Southern Research on July 1, 2013. Previously, he worked in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry for 25 years, participating in the growth aspects of three start-up companies. The company he founded in 2005 as a Southern Research spin-out company – Brookwood Pharmaceuticals – was acquired by SurModics in August 2007, then by Evonik in November 2011. At Evonik, Tipton served as senior vice president of the Birmingham division and also led the company’s global drug delivery program.
From 1993 to 2004, Tipton held roles of increasing responsibility at Durect Corporation, including that of senior vice president of biodegradable systems, chief operating officer, vice president of its wholly-owned subsidiary Southern BioSystems, and president of Birmingham Polymers. He was with Atrix Laboratories (now part of QLT Inc.) from 1988 until 1993, as manager of polymer science and senior polymer chemist.
Tipton is immediate past-president and board member of the Controlled Release Society (CRS), and he serves on multiple boards including the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, the Biotech Association of Alabama (BioAlabama), the Birmingham Business Alliance Executive Board, and Innovation Depot. He previously served on the boards of the Society for Biomaterials, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE), Southeastern Medical Device Association, TechBirmingham, the Birmingham Venture Club, and the corporate boards of Brookwood Pharmaceuticals and Southern BioSystems.
He has led or participated in multiple transactions, including sell-side and buy-side acquisitions and licenses. Tipton has 40 issued U.S. patents, 29 published U.S. patent applications, and numerous foreign equivalents, with more than 70 presentations and publications. In 2013, he was inducted as a fellow into the National Academy of Inventors.
Tipton is a fellow of AIMBE and CRS and was awarded the CRS Distinguished Service Award in 2012. He serves as an external advisor to both the School of Business and the Biomedical Engineering Department at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is a 2015 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.
Tipton earned a doctorate in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Spring Hill College.