Commercialization advisory board

The VCU Commercialization Advisory Board includes industry experts, early-stage investors and entrepreneurs who provide guidance and recommendations for critical commercialization and investment decisions.

The board reviews technologies and judges inventors’ presentations based on various factors, including patentability, stage of development, unmet market need, industry feedback and societal impact.

Geoffrey D. Beecher

Geoffrey D. Beecher

Mid-Atlantic sales manager

Focal Therapeutics

Expertise: Medical devices

Reinhold Brand

Reinhold Brand

President (retired)

Evonic USA

Expertise: Material sciences & specialty chemicals

Chandra Briggman

President / CEO

Activation Capital

Expertise: Innovation ecosystems

Kevin Corby

Research and development director (retired)


Expertise: Industrial chemistry

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William Daughtry

Group managing partner (retired)


Expertise: Finance & advising early stage companies

Alex Euler

Alex Euler

Investment director

CIT Gap Fund

Expertise: Life sciences

Bruce Ferris

Managing partner

SPARK Product Development LLC

Expertise: Product design & design for manufacturing

Gerard Eldering


InnovateTech Ventures

Expertise: University Commercialization Startups

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Anthony Fung



Expertise: IT & government

Jeffrey M. Gallagher

Jeffrey M. Gallagher

Not-for-profit manager

Community leader

Expertise: Life sciences & corporate law

Tracey Greene

Founding executive director

Charlottesville Angel Network

Expertise: Technology innovation, entrepreneurship, and early stage investments

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Mark Lambert



Expertise: Virtual reality & film industry

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Chris Little



Expertise: Software

Sean Mallon

VP, Commercialization

Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation

Expertise: Technology startups, early stage investing

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William McPheat

Principle scientist (retired)


Expertise: Pharma & cardiovascular drug development

Hina Mehta

Director, University Programs

Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation

Expertise: Technology Commercialization, Early Stage Investment

Matthew Miessau


Epidarex Capital

Expertise: Life sciences

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John Newby


Virginia Bio

Expertise: Life sciences, patent law, and government

Paul Nolde

Fund manager, managing director

Riverflow Growth Fund

Expertise: Early-stage investing

Dan O'Korn


Hutchison PLLC

Expertise: Life Sciences

Kevin Passarello


Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Expertise: Early stage investments

Richard Pellegrino

Sr. Director global innovation


Expertise: Medical devices

Erin Powell

Executive director

Lighthouse Labs

Expertise: Technology startups, entrepreneurial ecosystems, sales & marketing

Kirsten Rieth

Director, Strategy and Innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

Expertise: Technology commercialization & market strategy

Dennis Schafer

Dennis Schafer


Life Science Management

Expertise: Pharma & serial entrepreneurship

William Weber

VP and general manager (retired)


Expertise: Chemical industry

Vida Williams

Advanced analytics solution lead


Expertise: Big data & data science

David R Beauregard

Managing Director and Founder

Monument Square Advisors, LLC

Expertise: Software & Medical IT