Center Staff

Lou Walcer, Director, Center for Life Science Ventures

Lou Walcer ’74 was appointed in June 2011 as the first Director of the Center for Life Science Ventures at Cornell University. Lou came to this role with a track record of building and launching new products and new ventures as a Marketing/Business Development/New Product Development Director and Consultant to Merck, Schering-Plough and Wyeth; as Officer and Consultant to many Biotech/Medical Device companies; as President of the medical device drug delivery company Medimop USA; and as a Consultant to and Senior Commercialization Officer at Cleveland Clinic Innovations.

Lou earned a B.A. degree from Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences, and a Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School.

Ying Yang, Associate Director, Center for Life Science Ventures

Ying Yang was appointed in July 2019 as the Assistant Director of the Center for Life Science Ventures at Cornell University, and was promoted to the Associate Director in July 2022. She is also a lecturer in the Sloan Program in Healthcare Administration in the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy. Ying has extensive experience in healthcare consulting with expertise on topics ranging from corporate strategy, business development, to commercial excellence. Prior to joining the Center, Ying was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company, primarily consulting life sciences companies across US, Asia and Europe.

Ying earned a B.A. and a M.A. degree from Fudan University, and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from the Wharton School.

Alison Dollaway, Laboratory Operations Manager & Administrative Assistant

Alison Dollaway joined the Center for Life Science Ventures at Cornell University in February of 2020. Alison has extensive experience working in a life science start up. She spent six years working for Optigen, LLC (a Cornell startup) in the laboratory as a genetic scientist. Her focus is now on laboratory management and she has most recently worked with Cornell Cooperative Extension in the Pesticide Management and Education Program.

Alison earned a B.S. degree from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Entomology.