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Director of Education

Michael G. Douglas, Ph.D.
Executive Director

How it all started

Shiyan Jiang, Ph.D.  

Dr. Swain is a longtime educational administrator and community leader. He holds a Master of Education (MEd) degree in organizational leadership from The University of North Carolina at ChapelHill and a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in higher education administration from The George Washington University .

Dr. Swain served as president of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, before moving to Georgetown in 2000 to become senior advisor to Southwestern University President Jake B. Schrum. After retiring from Southwestern University in 2013, Dr. Swain founded Swain Consulting Services, LLC., of which he serves as president and CEO.

Dr. Swain is a past president of the TLCC Board of Directors, as well as a past chair of the Georgetown Economic Development Commission, past president of the Georgetown affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, the Georgetown Rotary Club and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, he received the Owen W. Sherrill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Chrystle, have an adult son, Ronald, who lives and works in Beijing, China.

Executive Director

Dr. Douglas received his BS degree in chemistry and biology from Southwestern University and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. After earning his Ph.D., he held faculty positions at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He also served as Professor and Chairman of Biochemistry and Biophysics and in the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of North Carolina Medical School.


Dr. Douglas was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Sigma Diagnostics, a multinational clinical diagnostics company based in St. Louis, and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of Novactyl, Inc., a clinical stage pharmaceutical development company.   


Prior to returning to Georgetown, Dr. Douglas served as Director of the Office of Technology Management at Washington University in St. Louis for six years and as Director of UAMS BioVentures at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark., for seven years. Dr. Douglas maintains his research interests and has authored numerous peer- reviewed scientific articles and is an elected member of different scientific and professional societies. He also maintains active positions on various civic, corporate and scientific advisory boards in Texas and the Midwest.  


Dr. Douglas is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam conflict. He and his wife, Joanne, have three grown children − Hannah, Peter and Sarah.

Ron Swain, Ed.D.
Director of Education

rswain@texaslifesciences.com

Dr. Jiang helps the Texas Life-sciences Collaboration Center find and help pharmaceutical and medical device companies in China that want to explore the U.S. market for their products. He provides companies in China with information about the advantages of doing business development in the City of Georgetown and in Central Texas. He also passes on questions companies have for the TLCC and the City of Georgetown to help them find better solutions.  

Dr. Jiang holds a BS degree in nuclear physics from Peking University in Beijing, China, an MS in civil engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station.

He previously worked in the fields of water resources and environmental engineering for the Shanghai Research Institute of Environmental Protection and the State of Texas. He is a past president of the Austin Chinese Professional Society and the chair of the Austin Peking University Alumni Association.

Clara Putnam
Administrative Assistant

Staff

Director of International Services

In 2007, over lunch at a restaurant on the Georgetown Square, local businessman Dr. Kerry Oliver had an idea. Oliver, who is the CEO of the Georgetown pharmaceutical testing firm Radix BioSolutions, proposed a center where biotech entrepreneurs could share space in a collaborative environment. Others at that lunch table thought Oliver's idea had merit.

The Chamber of Commerce commissioned a feasibility study by Angelou Economics. The study found that Georgetown fit the criteria for attracting biotech firms, including proximity to biomedical researchers at Southwestern University, The University of Texas at Austin, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, and Texas A&M University.

From that initial idea, the biotech center began to take shape. A local firm called GREX built the the TLCC's first 15,000 square-foot building next to its headquarters, and along with funding and support from the City of Georgetown, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and Southwestern University, the Texas Life-Sciences Collaboration Center opened in 2007.