Eric Tomlinson, the former CEO of Altea Therapeutics and an executive at other firms, is the new president of the Piedmont Triad Research Park.

The park is located in downtown Winston-Salem.

Tomlinson also will serve as chief innovation officer at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. His appointment to the two positions was announced Tuesday. He assumes the jobs on July 2.

“Eric will focus on the commercialization of research and innovation, along with the business development of PTRP, which is the area’s top regional economic project priority and one of the largest urban life science research parks in the country,” said John D. McConnell, chief executive officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in a statement. “His unique background in academic science, large pharmaceutical and small startup companies, product design and commercialization, and government policy made him the ideal candidate to build on our successes.”

Tomlinson is a former chairman of the Georgia Biotechnology Industry Organization. He is a graduate from the University of London with a degree in pharmacy, a doctor in philosophy and a doctorate in science.