Dr. McLendon is currently the Vice President – Therapeutic Research and Development at Carolinas HealthCare System. Previously, he served as Howard Hughes Provost and Professor of Chemistry at Rice University. He was Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Duke University and faculty member of the Cancer Center at Duke University Medical School. He was chair of the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University and Professor of Chemistry (School of Arts and Sciences) and Biochemistry (Medical School) at the University of Rochester. He also served as visiting professor at CalTech and Oxford University, where he is a fellow of Worcester College.
His work contributed to founding several companies including Tetralogic (Oncology, NASDAQ), Steamtrax (Digital Education, acquired by 3D Systems NYSE) and Labcyte (Microfluidics, private equity acquisition). He is a founding co-director of TMCx, the largest accelerator for biomedical startups, and serves on advisory and governing boards for several early-stage life science companies. He has published over 200 research papers in chemistry, physics and biology and holds multiple patents. His research work has been recognized by multiple awards: including the American Chemical Society’s Pure Chemistry Award, the Eli Lilly award for fundamental research in Biochemistry, and Sloan, Dreyfus, and Guggenheim fellowships.
Mr. Kennedy has a proven track record of results in lobbying, business development, advocacy and strategy development and implementation. He launched one of the top 10 political consulting firms in Texas and has successfully secured over $15 million (up to $35 million) in guaranteed research grants and funding for Rice University. Cory holds a BS in Finance and a minor in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from Rice University Jones Business School. He resides in Houston with his wife, Castlen, and their two young sons, Foster and Mason.
Ms. Taylor has started, run, and/or advised numerous startups beginning in the early 1990s. She has held roles as Technology Innovation Advisor at Royal Dutch Shell, and as a Venture Principal with Shell Technology Ventures (STV). Prior to joining STV, Ms. Taylor served as IEEE Diplomacy Fellow and Senior Advisor at the U.S. State Department, where she connected various bureaus and offices with the U.S. startup and university commercialization communities. She is a 30-year veteran of the software, semiconductor and general technology industries. She started her public service roles following the sale of her firm Taylor-Deininger Partners, Inc. Ms. Taylor has led multiple starts as President/CEO, notably Terrace Mountain Systems, where she provided software strategy and design services to multinational firms with operations on multiple continents. She has a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Policy.
Mr. Dzeda is an electrical engineer from Rice University who has extensive experience in hardware development, developing software, and has been involved in startups for 4 years.
Ms. Bodner manages the MigrnX™ community, customer support, and the physician and patient experience. She graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she played Division I tennis. Ms. Bodner has a passion to help others and she hopes to pursue a career in medicine.