Ann Beal Salamone (Chairman of the Board, Rochal Industries), who has focused on wound care since 1986, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and The Texas Academy of Medicine, Science & Engineering. She has developed products for electronics, water purification, personal care and health care and has invested in, and served on, the boards for several entrepreneurial companies as well as co-founded six companies. She is a co-founder of Rochal Industries and one of the principal inventors of Rochal’s liquid bandages, antimicrobial compositions, and skin regeneration products for burn and wound treatment and is responsible for the development and continuity of strategic partners (scientific and business).
She holds 27 U.S. patents and patent applications and their allied foreign equivalents. She is a past Chairman of the American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry (8,000 members) and founder of the Intersociety Polymer Education Council (> 600,000 K-12 science teachers trained to date). She has served on several NIH SBIR grant review panels and National Research Council panels.
She is an Inaugural Fellow of ACS and a Fellow of AIMBE, recipient of the 2002 Crystal Slipper Award “Executive Woman of the Year”, 2011 Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association LEAD Award, and the prestigious 2019 SFB Technology Innovation and Development Award. She is a member of the UTSA Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board, a member of three UTHealth San Antonio Advisory Boards related to translational clinical science and community health, Chair of BioMed SA, and TAMEST O’Donnell Technology Innovation Award Chair.