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About Us

BCM Ventures Leadership and Team

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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

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Our Team

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Jessica Phillips

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Office Manager/Project Coordinator

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Nellie Villarreal

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Lead Coordinator, Business Operations

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Fauzia Chaudhary, Ph.D.

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

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Mercy Chen, Ph.D.

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Senior Commercialization Associate, IP Federal and State Reporting and Compliance

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Valerie Jordan, Ph.D.

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Senior Sponsored Programs Analyst, Academic and Sponsor Agreements

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Brad Kairdolf, Ph.D.

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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

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Dylan Laug, Ph.D.

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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

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Meagan Pitcher, Ph.D.

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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

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Terese Rakow, Ph.D.

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Senior Licensing Manager
Departments/Centers: Molecular & Human Genetics, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology

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Kim Weiderhold, Ph.D.

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Manager, Commercialization – Academic and Sponsor Agreements

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Institutional Advisory Board for Commercialization

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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.

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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)