The bionorthTX Board of Directors has announced Darlene M. Boudreaux as this year’s recipient of the 2018 Dennis K. Stone Award.
BionorthTX attributed multiple ventures that all contributed to Boudreaux’s success. She served as the executive director for TechFW, a nonprofit technology incubator, from 2006 to September 2018—but she recently announced her retirement. At TechFW, Boudreaux created programs to help budding entrepreneurs, worked with successful startups like ZS Pharma and Encore Vision, and coached over 100 companies in pitching to prospective investors. She also started Cowtown Angels in 2012 to bring angel investors together for potential investments in local entrepreneurial endeavors.
Additionally, Boudreaux founded Darlene BDX, LLC, to continue her involvement in entrepreneurship in North Texas. There, she offers CEO coaching, business plan development, financial management, and other success-based development activities.
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To receive the award, Boudreaux had to be considered by bionorthTX an individual who has “positively affected quality of life.” That might include raising awareness and funds for life science research, impacting innovation to bring discoveries to commercial relevance, or giving back to the community and the scientific field as a supporter, mentor, leader, or educator.
According to a release, at a minimum, the winner possesses the following attributes:
- Served as an active champion of the region as a place to build life science businesses;
- Contributed to the growth of a North Texas life science business;
- Contributed time or money to help the North Texas life science community; and
- Inspired or mentored others to make their own contribution to the North Texas life science industry.
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