Deborah Mansfield is the Director, Life Sciences Acceleration, Houston Technology Center, Houston, Texas, a non-profit business accelerator assisting the commercialization of emerging technology companies from the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Deborah has an extensive background in business development, management, non-equity funding, entrepreneurship, compliance, and research in the Life Sciences sector, as well as, has been a featured speaker in the Houston Region on early funding for startups.
She has provided operations support to the Governor’s Council on Science and Biotechnology Development and currently acts as Associate Director, Gulf Coast Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization, supporting commercialization award programs out of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.
Prior to joining HTC in 2004, Deborah served in a number of management and research roles at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Thomas Jefferson University, as well as, started her own business development firm. She is an avid networker and participant in a variety of entrepreneurship enabling groups such as MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas, TiE Houston, Houston Entrepreneurs Forum, and Bio/Medical Technology Club of Houston, as well as, meetup groups throughout the Houston region.
She functions in an advisory capacity to ACCION Texas, Laser Tissue Welding, Inc., Nano3D Biosciences, Inc., Lone Star College- Montgomery Biotechnology Institute and Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Rice University. Deborah holds a MBA in management, MS in physiology, and BS in biology.