Office of Global Health Initiatives

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Bruce D. Butler, PhD
Vice President of Research and Technology
Office of Research and Technology; Office of Global Health Initiatives

Dr. Bruce D. Butler is Vice President of Research and Technology and Director of the Office of Technology Management at UTHealth. He is also responsible for the Office of Global Health Initiatives, which oversees over 90 international relationships with UTHealth. The technology office handles the technology transfer activities including the creation of new start-ups for the six UTHealth schools and the UTHealth faculty at the Texas Heart Institute, as well as manages the 20,000 sq. ft. Biotechnology Commercialization Center (BCC) Incubator. The office manages over 1,000 issued and pending patents and has executed over 290 license/option agreements. Cumulative gross revenues exceed $39 million. UTHealth has 19 portfolio companies, two of which are publicly traded.

Dr. Butler holds an academic position as Professor of Anesthesiology at the Medical School and has over 200 published papers, abstracts and book chapters. Dr. Butler’s pioneering work with NASA established protocols for space walk (EVA’s) preparation used by astronauts to prevent decompression sickness. This work earned the Special Scientific Achievement Award from NASA’s Space and Life Science Directorate. Dr. Butler is an inventor on ten US and associated foreign patents; six have been commercialized through UTHealth and include respiratory healthcare products and bio-pharmaceuticals. One of his patented technologies of note, the EasyCap™ device, is used worldwide for emergency intubation, with sales in the millions of units. Dr. Butler has been involved with product development for medical and home-care devices, including FDA regulatory approvals and clinical trials. He has been personally involved in the creation of five life-science start-up companies and numerous other business development partnerships.


Graciette Marques-Tavares
Phone: 713-500-3533
Graciette.Marques-Tavares@uth.tmc.edu