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Meet the Team
Will Clifton, MD
Motivated to connect more physician-entrepreneurs, Will founded Enventure, a grass-roots community focused on growing and educating Houston's medical entrepreneur community. Enventure connects young and aspiring entrepreneurs with experienced professionals to accelerate the growth of Houston's medtech startup scene. Enventure's educational programming and one-on-one mentorship launched four life science startups in Houston in 2014.
Will earned his biomedical engineering degree from USC, where he joined his first medical startup, commercializing a glucose sensor the size of a human hair. After making Houston his home in 2007, Will received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine. Currently, Will is the Director of Clinical Development for Procyrion, developing a miniature heart assist pump implanted without surgery. Will has consulted for many of Houston's seed-stage startups, including MolecularMatch, NanoLinea, Anaxiom, and Nano3D.
Joanna earned her Master's of Bioengineering from Rice and turned a senior design project into a medical startup. The Saranas 'Smart Sheath' detects internal bleeding without changing the cardiologist’s workflow. Not satisfied with the opportunities for young entrepreneurs in Houston, Joanna co-founded Enventure, where she has led many new programs and fundraising initiatives. Joanna loves to help others solve important medical problems one startup at a time.
Triparna Ghosh-Choudhury was born and raised in Texas and that is where her heart truly lies. She attended St. Mary's University and received her B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Math. She is currently a pre-doctoral fellow at Baylor College of Medicine with a focus on developing combination therapeutics in ovarian cancer. Along with a passion for science she also discovered a passion for entrepreneurship and helped found enventure in mid-2012. After graduating with her PhD, she intends to stay in Texas and work in the start-up community.
Sarah is the first employee and Director of Research at Courier Therapeutics, a cancer immunotherapy starup. She has participated in enventure since 2013, coming on as a core member in 2015 and launching the Foundations workshop series to provide in-depth entrepreneurship education to the TMC community. Sarah graduated with her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine, where she studied how past pregnancy can have lasting effects on a woman's likelihood of developing breast cancer, which she presented at an international Gordon Research Conference.
Fergus is a designer at enventure and develops identity, posters, and presentations for enventure programs.
Fergus received a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Bioengineering from Rice University. During his graduate studies, Fergus interned under medical device entrepreneur Dr. Billy Cohn and created prototypes such as a robotic catheter placement device that automates vascular access procedures and a portable leg compression device to improve lower leg blood circulation. His interests are in life science entrepreneurship and medical device design.
Grady is a PhD candidate in the Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine (TBMM) program at Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to graduate school, he earned his B.S. in Cell & Molecular Biology at San Diego State University. Grady’s current research focuses on lung cancer, using animal models to elucidate the signaling pathways responsible for tumor initiation and progression. He joined Enventure at the beginning of 2016 and helps run the Foundations workshop series. After graduate school, Grady plans to focus his career on biomedical innovation in Houston.
Emily is a Rice Bioengineering PhD Student studying cancer nanoimmunotherapy. She is a Bioventures alum and facilitates programming for BYOBrainstorm and Bioventures 2017. She is most interested in developing therapeutics for cancer and neglected diseases.
Kedar is a PhD candidate at the University of Houston studying evolutionary genetics. Prior to graduate school, he received his bachelors degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kedar ran the BYOBrainstorm series in 2016 and is participating is a team leader in Bioventures 2017. He is also a business development intern at Fannin Innovation Studios.
Mitra is pursuing his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. Before joining BCM, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Calcutta. Mitra's research focuses on characterizing the structural flexibility of NS1 protein in flu virus. Mitra is also delving into the business aspect of science by serving as an adviser for Canada-based start-up BenchSci. He is also a business development intern at Fannin Innovation Studio. Apart from science, Mitra loves exploring national parks, rock climbing, and photography.
Matt is currently a research intern at Bellicum Pharmeceuticals. He has been involved in Houston's cutting edge ideas and research since 2009. As a founding member of enventure, Matt helped expand the infrastructure to stimulate growth in the biotech sector. As a graduate student in the Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine program, Matt is working towards completion of his PhD focusing on cancer vaccine development.
Amy Hurwitz is a Ph.D. candidate at Baylor College of Medicine in the Interdepartmental Program for Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine (TBMM). Prior to graduate school, Amy received a B.S. in biochemistry with a minor in business law from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and also spent time doing research at UCLA and Caltech. Outside of her career interests in translating exciting technologies into marketable products, co-founding enventure in 2012, she has enjoyed Scottish Highland dancing since the age of 5 and mid-distance running.
Simran is an HHMI Med into Grad pre-doctoral fellow in the Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine Program at Baylor College of Medicine. She conceived of and developed the BioVentures course as a new initiative for Enventure. Simran participated in the first offering of the course in 2014 as a member of the Riha Life team, which tied for first place. She received her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her current research focus is urea cycle disorders and osteosarcoma. She has received a CPRIT pre-doctoral fellowship for her work on osteosarcoma.
Varun is an internal medicine resident at Baylor College of Medicine. A Houstonian since the first grade, Varun was a graduate of Rice University and was active in the Rice 360 Initiative. As a medical student at BCM, he was part of the core team from the first Enventure meetup to its growth into an organization of over 500 members. Varun helped develop the educational curriculum and laid the groundwork for the Foundations course. He is now pursuing a career in medical innovation as a resident physician with an interest in interventional cardiology.
Le Huang is a Ph.D. graduate in Genes and Development Program at University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. Her graduate research was to use genetic model to study the kidney development and the mechanisms of Wilms tumor, a pediatric kidney cancer. She became interested in entrepreneurship through Jack Gill’s class “Life Science Entrepreneurship” offered at Rice University and Enventure programs. She is very fascinated about the rapid growth of the life science entrepreneurship community, resources and environment in Houston.
Courtney Garcia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience department at Baylor College of Medicine studying neural correlates and circuit development of sensory perception. Career development, collaboration, and a fascination for biotechnology commercialization and business development have led Courtney to enventure where she hopes to contribute to the success of the Houston healthcare entrepreneurial community. Other passions of Courtney's include training and racing her Arabian horses in Endurance competitions, fitness and craft beer.
Board of Directors
COO, Accelerator Corp
From May of 2012- August of 2014, Mr. Schubert served as Executive Director of the Houston Area Translational Research Consortium (HATRC) at Rice University, a biotechnology-based non-for-profit organization that focused on filling the gap between R&D investment and translation of discovery to the clinic in the form of marketable products to treat diseases.
From 2005-May of 2012, Mr. Schubert served as the President and Chief Business Officer of Accelerator Corp. Prior to Accelerator, in 2001 Mr. Schubert spun CellExSys out of Targeted Genetics Corporation (where he led Business Development and Investor Relations from 1997-2001), and then successfully led the acquisition of CellExSys by Chromos Molecular Systems (Vancouver, BC). Mr. Schubert began his career in 1993 at Baxter Healthcare Corporation where he served in various roles in strategic planning, sales and marketing in both Europe and the United States.
Mr. Schubert holds an MBA degree with concentrations in Marketing and Management from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Immunology from Utah State University and a BS in Biology and a BA in Psychology from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts. Mr. Schubert serves as Chairman of the Board of Axonia Medical, and as member of the Board of Directors of The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP).
Ms. Ann Tanabe has been serving the Houston entrepreneurship community at BioHouston since January 2011. Ms. Tanabe served as Vice President of Investor Relations at Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. from May 2008 to December 2010. She serves as the Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Encysive Pharmaceuticals Inc. Ms. Tanabe served as Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Encysive Pharmaceuticals Inc. (formerly Texas Biotechnology Corp). From October 2000 to July 2003, she served as Investor Relations Manager and Corporate Communications Coordinator to Texas Biotechnology (the predecessor of Encysive Pharmaceuticals). She earned a BA degree from Loyola Marymount University.