Jennifer Moore, a technology licensing executive at Emory University for the past 4 ½ years, is the new executive director of the organization.

Moore, who holds a PhD in molecular physiology and biological physics from the University of Virginia, replaces Stephanie Adams.

At Emory, Moore served as a licensing associate,

“Jennifer has worked directly with venture capital firms, emerging companies and research institutions- SEBIO’s core constituencies,” said Garheng Kong, chair of the SEBIO board. Kong is also a member of the Intersouth Partners venture capital firm, in a statement.

“She has learned how to work with busy people and get things done. Jennifer also has a familiarity with the SE life sciences community through her involvement with organizations and events like SEBIO, Georgia Bio and the Association of University Technology Managers.” Kong added. “All of those things will really help her to hit the ground running.”

The change in SEBIO management was made as the nation’s largest biotechnology trade conference opened in Atlanta for a four-day run. It is being put on by the national Bio Industry Organization (BIO).

“I am honored to join SEBIO” said Moore in a statement. “I am excited to be on the forefront, supporting the growth of the life sciences industry in the region.”

Moore received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Lehigh University.

Adams led SEBIO over the past two years.

SEBIO, which formed a decade ago, includes members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.