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

Monique Bennett

Senior Life Sciences Strategist

BioHealth Innovation

Expertise: Non-dilutive funding and market research

Reinhold Brand

Reinhold Brand

President (retired)

Evonic USA

Expertise: Material sciences & specialty chemicals

Kevin Corby

Research and development director (retired)


Expertise: Industrial chemistry

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

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

Albine Martin

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, JHU

BioHealth Innovation

Expertise: Biotechnology and diagnostics

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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

Kaitlyn L. O'Connor, Esq.


Nixon Gwilt Law

Dan O'Korn


Hutchison PLLC

Expertise: Life Sciences

James Pannucci

VP - Entrepreneurship

Activation Capital

Expertise: Business of Science

Richard Pellegrino

Chief Research and Development Officer


Expertise: Medical devices

Brandon J. Price

Independent Advisor to Entrepreneurial Ventures

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Panamerican University Colleges of Business and Engineering

Expertise: Biotechnology (biologic drugs and medical devices)

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

Tony Wilkins, CFA

Private Investor

Expertise: Start-ups, angel and VC investments

Vida Williams

Advanced analytics solution lead


Expertise: Big data & data science