Dennis Keith Stone, 65, who led UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Office for Technology Development and launched BioCenter at Southwestern Medical District to help spur biotech innovations, died at his home on June 17th of a glioblastoma.
Dr. Stone graduated from UT Austin in 1973 and earned his medical degree from UT Southwestern in 1977.
He completed his internship and residency at New York – Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York. While there, he met Helen Haskell Hobbs, a fellow resident. They married in Concord, MA and moved to Dallas in 1980 to finish their medical training at UT Southwestern.
Dr. Stone, a nephrologist, became the first leader of the Office for Technology Development (OTD) where he spearheaded UT Southwestern’s efforts to translate biomedical discoveries from the lab into patient care. He also nurtured the establishment and relocation of biotech companies to UT Southwestern’s 13-acre BioCenter, which opened in 2010.
Under his leadership, the BioCenter received the Momentum Award and the Technology Catalyst Award from the Dallas Regional Chamber, among other recognitions. And the OTD helped generate more than $100 million in revenue for the Medical Center and facilitate more than 500 patents naming UT Southwestern researchers as inventors.
In 2011, Dr. Stone left UT Southwestern to become the Chief Scientific Officer of Remeditex Ventures, a venture capital company that invests in early biotechnology, established by Lyda Hill, a long-standing Honorary Trustee of Southwestern Medical Foundation.
“Dennis was a wonderful man of tremendous vision. His insights and leadership changed the face of biotechnology in Dallas and North Texas forever. He will be greatly missed.”
In 2016, Dr. Stone received the Helix Award from bionorthTX for his leadership in the life science industry and contributions to health care. Earlier this year, the award was renamed the Dr. Dennis K. Stone Life Science Achievement Award in honor of his decades of service to the North Texas health care and life sciences community.
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