Director, Strategic Innovations
Rex Health Ventures
Anita Watkins is well known as a leader, connector, strategist, and passionate entrepreneur and innovator. She leads strategic innovation for Rex Health Ventures, a corporate venture fund of UNC REX Healthcare focused on investing in breakthrough companies to improve the future of health care, where she focuses her time on transforming healthcare through investing in innovative companies to spur strategic partnerships. She is a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute and actively works to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Anita serves on multiple boards including the Council for Entrepreneurial Development Innovate Raleigh, and is President of the board for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
Trained as an attorney, Anita’s diverse career includes 20 years of policy and advocacy work on behalf of clients. She mentors biomedical engineering students at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina, and serves as immediate past chair of the ASSIST center, an NSF funded engineering research center focused on the development of healthcare wearables.
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