Managing Director of FAU Tech Runway

Associate Vice President within Florida Atlantic University's Division of Research

Rhys L. Williams serves as the Managing Director of FAU Tech Runway and also as an Associate Vice President within Florida Atlantic University’s Division of Research. Mr. Williams has almost two decades of experience in the early-stage life sciences realm, having cofounding three biotech spinouts from three of Florida’s institutions of higher learning. He is also an active member of the angel investor community, having co-founded the New World Angels in 2003, Florida’s most established and successful structured angel investor group (immediate past president; current chairman), with four successful exits across the domains of therapeutics, devices, and healthcare IT. Presently he is the Managing Director for FAU’s angel investor group (FAU Tech Runway Investor Network [FAU-TRIN]). Recognized as one of 50 “Power Leaders in Technology” by the South Florida Business Journal, Mr. Williams has also testified before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Technology and Global Competitiveness. Mr. Williams received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College magna cum laude and both a law degree and an MBA (with honors; class president) from the University of Florida. Additional work experience includes Capitol Supply (e-commerce venture), SI Ventures (institutional venture capital firm affiliated with Gartner), Smith Barney, TranZitions (HR venture), and American Express. Mr. Williams is a U.S. Army veteran, having served as commander of a Special Forces Combat Diver Detachment (“green beret”). He is presently a director for the Harvard Alumni Association (national board), the Harvard Club of the Palm Beaches (president), the Florida Venture Forum, the Angel Resource Institute, and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (immediate past chairman), and a graduate of Leadership Florida (former Advisory Boardmember) and Florida Blue Key. A fifth-generation South Floridian, Delray Beach is home to Rhys and his wife Dr. Lorna Williams and their two children.