Anita Watkins

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Anita Watkins

MANAGING DIRECTOR, REX HEALTH VENTURES

Anita joined Rex Health Ventures in 2012 as the Director of Strategic Innovation. She works with companies to evaluate fit and with portfolio companies to deliver on strategic investment by leveraging expertise within UNC REX Healthcare and across UNC Health Care. Anita is also actively engaged in the community serving on a number of boards including the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Innovate Raleigh, the NCSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences and as Chair of NC ASSIST, an NSF funded engineering research center focused on developing disruptive healthcare wearables. She is a member of the RTP-W network and the NCSU Chancellor’s Innovation Fund Selection Committee. Prior to joining Rex, she served as the Vice President for Government Relations for the University of North Carolina’s 17-campus university system. She holds a Juris Doctor and Master degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish from North Carolina State University.