Arkansas Technology Summit to Showcase State’s Tech Companies Nov. 12-13

By Ben Boulden

It is organized by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Arkansas State University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The summit will host a joint reception with the ARK Challenge Demo Day at the Clinton Presidential Center on the evening of Nov. 12.

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On Nov. 13, a summit panel discussion on technology commercialization and economic development and company presentations will be held at the Argenta Innovation Center in North Little Rock. Among the presenting companies are Angel Eye Camera Systems, Rx Results, Biodetection Instruments, NowDiagnostics, Black Oak Partners and Poly-Adaptive.

“What the summit will do is give Arkansas’ most innovative companies a chance to tell their stories and start a dialogue with potential investors,” said Lawrence Cornett, Ph.D., UAMS vice chancellor for research. “It’s important to show that the state’s research and development sector is competitive with peer groups nationwide and even more entrepreneurial than many of them. Their access to capital investment is vital so that these companies can keep creating jobs for Arkansans.”

The goals of the summit are to increase outside venture capital and private equity investment in the presenting companies, increase the visibility of Arkansas technology companies and drive economic development in the state.

The four universities organizing the summit have produced 43 startup companies still in operation, with more than 300 employees­ ­— raising federal grants in excess of $36 million, complemented by more than $ 100 million of outside investment capital.


UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,275 students, 890 medical residents and fellows, and five dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 12,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), YouTube or Instagram.