Leadership Team

We’re a life science trade association managed and run exclusively by life science professionals. Our organization is focused solely on helping the life science sector in central Texas grow and flourish. All of our focus, energy, and resources are directed to assisting and improving the life science sector in central Texas, rather than being diverted to other industry sectors, interests, or activities.

Each member of our leadership team has extensive life science experience; collectively, we have a very broad range of relevant expertise to allow us to make BIO Austin a highly effective organization.

John Burns, PhD
President & General Counsel
30 years life science experience

BS, MS Microbiology; PhD Virology & Epidemiology, Baylor College of Medicine; post-doctoral fellow Scripps Clinic, La Jolla; Research Health Scientist, Center for Molecular Biology in Medicine (joint Stanford Med School/Palo Alto VA research institute); 25 scientific publications

JD (UC Davis); corporate and patent law firm experience; Patent Counsel, General Counsel at Advanced Tissue Sciences, La Jolla (tissue engineering and cGMP manufacturing company); Sr. Patent Attorney at Applied Biosystems/ Director, Ambion Legal at AB-Ambion/ Sr. Director, Legal Operations and Sr. Director, Contracts at Life Technologies

US Navy Retired (5 years active duty, 17 years Navy Reserve; Commander)

Scott Collins, PhD
Board Member
14 years life science experience

Scott is an accomplished leader with 23 years expertise spanning engineering, the life sciences, biodevices, and corporate strategy including 14 years of proven leadership experience covering all aspects of forming, growing and selling a technology company.

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, UT Austin; post-doctoral fellow, UT-Austin

Serial Entrepreneur
Founder/CEO, Collins Biomedical
Founder/CEO, RxDonate
Chief Technology Officer, VP R&D, TeVido Biodevices
Executive VP of Technology Development, Innovate Wireless Health
Engineer, Arrhythmia Research Technology

Served on several boards of directors and scientific advisory boards

Mary Costello
Board Member
25 years of life science experience

Mary has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare services.  She has spent the last thirteen years exclusively focused on clinical drug development serving as Executive Director for Covance’s Late Stage Development Services and today she is the Global Director for Strategic Marketing for Fisher Clinical Services  -one of the BioPharma Services brands of Thermo Fisher Scientific.  She has served on multiple industry boards and advisory teams.  Mary received her Bachelor’s degree from Rice University.

Bruce Leander
33 years life science experience

BS; MS Zoology and Neurophysiology, Texas Tech; MBA
Sales, marketing, division management and executive management experience at Amersham, BioTX, Genosys, Pharmacia Biotech (VP Marketing, Bus Dev, R&D), Ambion (President).

Founding Chairman BioAustin (2007), serve on various advisory councils and board of directors.   Advisor to UT College of Natural Science for preparing students for careers in science.

Luis Foncerrada
Director of Development
25 years life science experience

BA, Biology (UC San Diego)

Mycogen Corporation – Molecular Biology, Novel Gene Discovery, 10 patents
Invitrogen Corporation – Custom Services, Research & Development, and Manufacturing.
Ambion – Assay Development & Protein Manufacturing.
Applied Biosystems – Enzyme Purification, High Cell Density Fermentation
Life Technologies – High Cell Density Fermentation, Enzyme Analytics, High Performance Work teams
LabArmor –  Business Development Advisor
SupplierApps – Director of Sales