About Us

BCM Ventures Leadership and Team


Our Leaders


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Shawn Davis

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Vice President & Chief Ventures Officer


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Michael Dilling, Ph.D.

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Executive Director, Baylor Licensing


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John Averill

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Executive Director, Financial Planning


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Colleen Zboray, M. Sc.

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Executive Director, Program Development & Strategic Operations


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Jyoti Patel, M.B.A.

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Business Lead, Marketing, Communications & Education Strategy


Our Team


Jessica Phillips
Office Manager/Project Coordinator

Fauzia Chaudhary, Ph.D.
Senior Licensing Associate
Departments/Centers: Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Surgery

Mercy Chen, Ph.D.
Senior Commercialization Associate, IP Federal and State Reporting and Compliance

Valerie Jordan, Ph.D.
Senior Sponsored Programs Analyst, Academic and Sponsor Agreements

Brad Kairdolf, Ph.D.
Senior Licensing Associate
Departments/Centers: Center for Drug Discovery, Dermatology, Family & Community Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Masters in Orthotics and Prosthetics Program

Dylan Laug, Ph.D.
Senior Licensing Associate
Departments/Centers: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Center for Cell & Gene Therapy, Center for Comparative Medicine, Center for Educational Outreach, Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Center for Reproductive Medicine, Huffington Center on Aging, Molecular Virology & Microbiology

Meagan Pitcher, Ph.D.
Licensing Associate
Departments/Centers: Anesthesiology, Baylor Global Health, Human Genome Sequencing Center, Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, Medicine, Neuroscience, Pathology & Immunology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Radiology-Oncology, Radiology, Urology

Terese Rakow, Ph.D.
Senior Licensing Manager
Departments/Centers: Molecular & Human Genetics, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology

Kim Weiderhold, Ph.D.
Manager, Commercialization – Academic and Sponsor Agreements


Institutional Advisory Board for Commercialization


BCM Ventures has established an Institutional Advisory Board for Commercialization (IABC) to support BCMV in enabling a robust environment for innovation and commercialization at the College. The board is comprised of Baylor faculty with an experienced background in commercialization and entrepreneurship at Baylor.


Joesph Petrosino, Ph.D.

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IABC Chair
Chair and Professor, Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Director, Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research 

Eric M. Rohren, M.D., Ph.D.

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IABC Co-Chair
Chair and Professor, Radiology
Interim Chair, Radiology-Oncology

Malcolm Brenner, M.D., Ph.D.

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Professor, Center for Cell & Gene Therapy, Molecular & Human Genetics, Pediatrics, Medicine, Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine

Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D.

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Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine
Professor, Pediatrics – Tropical Medicine, Molecular Virology & Microbiology

Trey Westbrook, Ph.D.

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Professor, Molecular & Human Genetics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Director, Therapeutic Innovation Center (THINC)