Lisa McDonald

Director, Healthcare
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Austin Technology Incubator

Dr. Lisa McDonald is Director of Healthcare Incubation at Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), the startup incubator of the University of Texas at Austin.  She directs ATI’s life science and healthcare portfolios, where she works with early stage biotechnology, healthcare service/IT and medical device companies to develop their business strategies and prepare the companies to seek investment.  She has previously served as Global Healthcare Lead for the Global Commercialization Group at The University of Texas at Austin’s IC2 Institute, and she has been a lecturer in the College of Natural Sciences teaching the CNS Inventor’s Practicum.

In 2010, Dr. McDonald cofounded Endura Ventures, a global health strategic consultancy focused on delivering high impact programs internationally and through public-private partnerships.  One of those programs, the PandemicTech virtual incubator, spun out as a standalone company in 2019.  PandemicTech partners with organizations including WHO and UNAIDS to identify and support the innovations of ‘hot zone’ scientists developing technologies to stem the spread of pandemic infectious disease from the front lines.

Dr. McDonald contributes to development of the local life science ecosystem through participation as an advisor, mentor, judge and speaker for a variety of organizations and events.  She holds a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, an M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine, and a B.S. in Chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin.