Center Staff

Lou Walcer, McGovern Center Director

Lou Walcer was appointed in June 2011 as the first Director of the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center For Venture Development in the Life Sciences 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, McGovern Center Assistant Director

Ying Yang was appointed in July 2019 as the Assistant Director of the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences at Cornell University. She is also a lecturer in the Sloan Program in Healthcare Administration in the Department of Policy and Analysis. 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 pharma and biotech 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 Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences 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 administrative support 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.

Penny Burke, Volunteer Mentor, Lab Management

Penny has worked at Cornell for 25 years and she has been the Laboratory Operation Manager at the McGovern Center from 2017 to 2020. After retiring from Cornell, Penny continues to offer volunteer services to the Center, advising on laboratory compliance and safety, laboratory equipment and the facilities. Penny brings years of laboratory experience, including animal research/husbandry, forensic equine drug testing and working closely with students and researchers in the Nanobiotechnology Center for 11 years.  She has also worked as a salt miner under Cayuga Lake and as a carpenter for 9 years.

Penny is a graduate of Tompkins Cortland Community College with a degree in Biotechnology.  She loves hunting, fishing, hiking, gardening and spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandson.