Designing Collagen for biomedical needs.
The Management Team

Magnus Hook, Ph.D., Founder and President

www.designercollagens.comDr. Hook is a Neva and Wesley West Professor, Regents Professor , and Director of the Center for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases (formerly the Center for Extracellular Matrix Biology), Institute of Bioscience and Technology, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. Dr. Hooks past entrepreneurial experiences (Co-Founder, Inhibitex (Bristol-Meyers acquisition); co-founder, Pulmotect) guide ECMTs activities. He has 30+ years experience in extracellular matrix biology and has recently been named one of TMCs "Innovators in the TMC". Dr. Hooks passion for scientific discoveries is complemented by his ability to imagine how they could impact medical care.

Brooke Russell, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Vice President

www.designercollagens.comDr. Russell is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases, Institute of Bioscience and Technology, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. She handles daily operations including R&D oversight, grant submissions, and product development. Her career goals are to transition ECMT out of academia and into an independent business.

Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, Ph.D., Product Engineer

www.designercollagens.comDr. Cosgriff-Hernandez is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University and is overseeing product development for ECMT. Her laboratory performs materials research supported by both academic and business grants. Her current research interests include biomaterial synthesis, structure-property relationships, cell-material interactions, musculoskeletal tissue engineering and biodegradation characterization.

Eddy J. Rogers

www.designercollagens.comMr. Rogers is a senior partner at the Houston law firm of AndrewsKurth LLP. He concentrates his practice in corporate formations and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Rogers graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He assists in document execution and company strategic initiatives.

Academic Collaborators

Mariah Hahn, Ph.D.

Dr. Hahn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research focuses on understanding cell-cell and cell-material interactions at a more fundamental level to rationally guide tissue regeneration. Her areas of current emphasis include controlling material mechanical and chemical properties at the microscale, vascular tissue engineering and vocal fold regeneration.

Ambra Pozzi, Ph.D.

Dr. Pozzi is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt University. She has over 15 years experience in deciphering cellular pathways that can regulate cell adhesion, proliferation, and motility. Dr. Pozzi's research focuses on how these molecular mechanisms affect the function of the kidney.