Dr. James Kovach serves as Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California Davis Health System, where he supports UC Davis faculty, staff and student training in entrepreneurship and engages in industry outreach.
Dr. Kovach is also Chief Innovation Officer of Aggie Square. Aggie Square is an innovation center launched by UC Davis to spur economic growth in Sacramento through partnerships with the City of Sacramento and other entities, while encouraging collaborations across UC Davis disciplines—in life sciences, food systems, mobility, government, civic technology, arts and communications.
Dr. Kovach received his medical degree with distinction from the University of Kentucky while simultaneously playing in the National Football League. Following his NFL career, he attended law school at Stanford University and practiced corporate law in Palo Alto California.
Dr. Kovach established the Technology Transfer Program at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer of Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHX), a leading public biotechnology company developing stem cell therapeutics.