Mr. Allinson is the Executive Director of the UT Horizon Fund where he leads due diligence review and requirements for investment by UT System into UT startup companies. Capitalized by the UT System Board of Regents with $22.5 million, the UT Horizon Fund serves as the strategic venture fund to act as catalyst for commercialization. Focus is placed on strategic thematic strengths of UT institutions including intellectual property, research strengths and innovative student ventures. Since starting the UT Horizon Fund in 2012, the UT Horizon Fund has made seven investments ranging from seed investments to late stage, from a broad class of industry sectors including pharmaceutical, medical device, nanotechnology, communications and web media.
Prior to founding the UT Horizon Fund, Mr. Allinson monetized royalty revenue in SOMAVERT®, a pharmaceutical product marketed by Pfizer, a deal valued at $52 million. He previously served as Director of Geisinger Ventures, a healthcare institutional venture firm, where he oversaw investments and joint ventures in the biotechnology, medical device, and healthcare information technology sectors. He previously served as a H. J. Heinz Technology Commercialization Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University and was part of the critical growth of several startup companies. One of Mr. Allinson’s patents is actively being used by the United States military in a class of products against chemical and biological warfare attacks. Bryan received an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a dual bachelors degree in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jeet Vijay directs the investment activities at University of Texas Horizon Fund. He manages all aspects of investment process including deal origination, analysis, structuring, and portfolio monitoring. He is also responsible for developing and managing relations with Venture Capital community.
In his most recent employment, Jeet worked in the role of investment director for a U.S. based emerging markets focused Private Equity fund where he was responsible for developing and managing the South Asia, Middle East, and Greece portfolio. Jeet also has corporate experience in the domains of strategic planning, financial analysis, and international expansion acquired while working for or consulting with companies in retailing and energy sector.
His academic background includes Bachelor’s in Business Administration from University of Texas at Austin (UT), Master’s in Energy Resource Management from UT Austin, and MBA from Rice University. He is a level 2 Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) candidate and he holds Series 7, 79 and Series 66 (equivalent of 63 & 65) Securities Licenses.
Dr. Wei Chen is a founding member of UT Horizon Fund at the University of Texas System. Dr. Chen leads the New Venture Program to bring R&D to marketplace. She is responsible for evaluating investment opportunity for the fund, creating new ventures, providing access to capital and business talents, and cultivating strategic partnerships. She also facilitates the technology commercialization and licensing process at UT institutions, and manages the relationship with investors, industry leaders and entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining UT System, Dr. Chen was Vice President for New York Pacific Capital, a private equity fund focused on emerging growth market. Also she served as Business Development Specialist at the Technology Commercialization Office at the City University of New York, where she was responsible for the internal and external marketing for 23 campuses. Prior to that, she was one of the founding members of Yuxun Electronics, which is now a regional leader in China.
Dr. Chen holds a PhD in Biophysics and MS in Physics from Indiana University
Theresa Shick-Johnson serves as the Senior Business Analyst for the Office of Technology Commercialization. Her role is to collaborate with UT System and UT institution professionals to develop and implement Client Relationship Management, Intellectual Property and Venture capital software based initiatives. She is responsible for the documentation of policies and procedures to ensure the operational quality of all aspects of the database for education and communication with UT System staff, as well as to transition from legacy databases. She is the liaison between the UT System’s Office of Technology Commercialization, the Office of Intellectual Property and the UT institution’s Office of Technology Commercialization, Office of Technology Management and Office of Research.
Prior to joining the Office of Technology Commercialization, Theresa was the Senior Program Delivery Specialist with the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction within UT System. She created training documentation and initiatives to roll out the Capital Project and Program Management software system to the program management staff. She created reports for management, accounting, and co-workers that captured all aspects of the capital improvement project data specific to each group to help manage individual sections as well as projects over all. She also provided technology and information control support to over 150 users. She previously was the Restaurant Data Administrator for the corporate office of Johnny Carino’s Italian helping to grow the brand from 15 corporate office restaurants to 150 corporate and Franchise locations.
Theresa holds a BBA in Computer Information Services from Texas State University.