After accepting Congressman Gene Taylor's Veterans' Day challenge
to "give back" to the veterans needing health care service
on the Coast, The University of Southern Mississippi has brought
on the expertise of Dr. Richard Hadden to help direct its efforts
to strengthen health care service and opportunities for veterans
and residents of the Gulf Coast.
of strategic venture development, Hadden will develop strategic
plans and relationships for university development and business
ventures. He will work under the management of Dr. Angeline Dvorak,
vice president of research and economic development at Southern
is an extraordinary individual," Dr. Dvorak said. "He
has a unique skill set, both as a medical doctor and a true scientist,
as well as an entrepreneur and visionary. I've had the opportunity
to work with him on other projects, and he's very professional and
very bright. We are fortunate to attract him to work on our team."
president, Dr. Shelby Thames, said "We are excited to bring
Dr. Hadden on board to spearhead our efforts to create better health
care opportunities on our Gulf Coast. He is exactly the person we
need to get this job done the right way. He has numerous contacts
throughout the health care community in South Mississippi, which
will really work to the advantage of our efforts."
in Bay St. Louis, has skills crossing several disciplines. Most
recently he was with the University of Mississippi as a senior research
scientist building a biomedical research program. He is a graduate
of Vanderbilt University, the University of Mississippi Medical
School and the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in San
Antonio. Prior to his research position, he engaged in several startups
in the United States and Europe, medical practice, and experimental
physics. A private pilot since 1971, he attended flight surgeon
school in San Antonio with the U.S. Air Force and deployed with
U-2 and SR-71 squadrons.
He is a past
vice president of AetherWorks Corp. of Minneapolis, a startup voice
and data carrier class convergence solutions company that sold for
$12 million in 1995, and was a co-founder and CEO of Linguistic
Technologies Inc. of Minneapolis, a startup speech recognition company
that sold for $11 million in December 1999. He has served as director
of mergers and acquisitions with InTelNet Telecom in Paris, was
co-founder and president of Flavin Limited, a daily hemodialysis
device development company that has licensed its technology to a
publicly traded European home health provider, and was a co-founder
of Phylogene in Nimes, France, a genetic detection food testing
company currently operating commercially.
served as a state agency medical consultant for the state of Minnesota;
as a medical doctor at the Boynton Health Service at the University
of Minnesota; and spent three years practicing at Mississippi Family
Practitioners in Greenville, Miss. Prior to medical school, he was
a consulting scientific programmer-analyst for Computer Sciences
Corporation at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, and was a research
assistant in physics at Stanford University and in Geneva, Switzerland.
his wife, Helene, have a 16-month-old son, Julien Michel. Hadden
will keep an office in Hattiesburg while his wife, a pediatric pulmonary
transplant specialist who also holds a doctorate in cell cycle research,
completes the founding of a pediatric lung transplant program in
forward to getting down to work. "It is a wonderful opportunity
to pursue strategic development working with Dr. Thames, Dr. Dvorak,
and the entire outstanding team at Southern Miss," he said.
the Southern Miss project will involve many different entities working
together to make things happen. "Development of a center to
full potential will require everyone to make a long-term commitment
to improved health care for veterans, better education for our students,
better health care for residents, as well as economic development
for all in the region," he said.
agrees. "In terms of our university, (Dr. Hadden's) coming
here to work on this project shows that people are fully embracing
our role as a comprehensive research university," she said.
"It does demonstrate that people are excited about this university,
which proves that we are truly on the radar screen of the best and
brightest ready to do almost anything possible" to advance
the university's research possibilities in serving its stakeholders.