Lead for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
Dr. Eric Toone was formerly the Deputy Director for Technology for the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), responsible for oversight of all ARPA-E Technology. He is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University and the lead for Duke University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. Toone is a scientific founder of two venture-backed companies: Aerie Pharmaceuticals, a research-based ophthalmology company, and Vindica Pharmaceuticals, a nitric oxide delivery company. He studied chemistry at the University of Guelph, graduating in 1983. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1988 and moved to Harvard University to continue his studies with Professor George Whitesides.