A M Innovation Center (AMIC)

The AMIC is a nonprofit 501c(3) corporation formed  for the advancement of science, education, entrepreneurship and innovation. The AMIC works in collaboration with Texas A&M University System components headquartered in Brazos County, Texas, the Bryan-College Station community, and private industry.

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The AMIC is located at Startup Aggieland in Texas A&M University Research Park.  Initial support for the AMIC came from  the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), the Texas State Energy Conservation Office, the United States Department of Energy and the private sector.

AMIC Mission

The AMIC’s mission is to harness regional (community/university/private sector) and state innovation ecosystem resources to provide education, advisory services, operational guidance, and infrastructure support to its member companies, thus creating jobs and business opportunities in the Aggieland area and the State of Texas.

AMIC Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board
Don Lewis
Executive Professor at Mays Business School Center for New Ventures & Entrepreneurship
Assistant Director of Start Up Aggieland

Jim Joyce
Director of Texas A&M Office of Sponsored Research 

Celia Goode-Haddock
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of University Title Company

AMIC President/CEO
James Y. Lancaster
President and CEO, AMIC

John Clark
President of Clark Isenhour Real Estate Services 

Brett Cornwell
Associate Vice Chancellor for Commercialization for Texas A&M System Technology Commercialization

Balakrishna Haridas, Ph.D
Professor of Practice/Head of Entrepreneurship Programs at Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station 


AMIC Staff



James Y. Lancaster

President/CEO,  AM Innovation Center

  • Leader for the Research Valley Partnership Biocorridor Initiative and General Manager of Life Sciences
  • More than 20 years of experience leading university programs, launching companies, managing and advising funding agencies and serving as a senior adviser to academic and business leaders
  • Prior positions include Director of the $500 million Texas Emerging Technology Fund where she also served as Advisory Committee Chair and led the investment review and recommendation of over $50 million in grant funds
  • Launched or grew several University programs, including the University of Maryland’s Biotechnology Program and Texas State University’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Program
  • Co-founder and Chair of AVINDE a nonprofit women’s business accelerator.  Through these programs she has launched or helped founders launch over 40 start-up companies-many of them led by women
  • Serves on the national advisory committee for leading venture accelerator, Springboard Enterprises
  • Founder of an award-winning bioprocessing startup which was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Coolest Companies


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Chris Scotti

Director – Clean Energy

  • Accomplished high-tech entrepreneur and business consultant with over 20 years of experience providing leadership and executive coaching to a variety of organizations and start-ups, with an emerging technology, political, economic, community, or business development focus
  • Entrepreneur in Residence for the Research Valley Innovation Center since 2008
  • Consultant to Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, providing coaching and advisory services to faculty seeking to commercialize their research
  • Applicant coaching, vetting, and screening consultant for the Aggie Angel Network, a non-profit network of accredited investors whom invest directly into promising early-stage ventures in return for equity
  • Formerly served on the College Station City Council, The Research Valley Partnership Board of Directors, the Research Valley Technology Alliance Board, Advisory Council for the Center for New Ventures & Entrepreneurship (CNVE), as General Manager for Texas Aggies in Business, and founder of AgniTEK, a successful IT consulting company