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President Gerhardt G. Schurig, D.V.M., Ph.D., Dean of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine/Virginia Tech and Professor of Immunology and has extensive experience as a lecturer and scientist in the areas of general immunology and host response to bacterial infections. He received his D.V.M. from the University of Chile and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is a recipient of grant awards from numerous federal agencies and is a member of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center Advisory Committee.

Vice President and Director of Research Stephen M. Boyle, Ph.D., is a Professor of Microbiology and has extensive experience as a lecturer in both human and animal medicine related to microbial pathogenesis and as a scientist in the areas of bacterial gene regulation and genetic engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island and is the recipient of a Senior National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health and research grant awards from the Medical Research Council of Canada, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Treasurer Nammalwar Sriranganathan, D.V.M., Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and has extensive experience as a large animal clinician, a diagnostic bacteriologist certified by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and as a lecturer in bacterial diseases and as a scientist in the areas of bacterial virulence factors and bioremediation of infectious diseases waste. He received his D.V.M. from the University of Agricultural Sciences in India and his Ph.D. from Oregon State University. He performed his postdoctoral work at Washington State University as a USDA and National Institutes of Health fellow. He is the recipient of grants and awards from the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and the United States Department of Agriculture.


Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel, James W. Hiney, Esq., is the owner of Technology Law Offices of Virginia. He handles corporate licensing, business agreements, trademark matters and patent issues for Veterinary Technology Corporation. He also works with venture capitalists in starting, funding and growing companies. He was formerly a partner in two Washington D.C. law firms and Vice-President and General Counsel for a hi-tech NASDAQ corporation as well as a registered Patent Attorney. Mr. Hiney directs the day-to-day business operations of the corporation and is in charge of overall business strategy. He has represented Sun Oil, Boeing, U.S. Steel, Brunswick Corporation, MCI Communications and hundreds of smaller companies as well as having been a lobbyist on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Joan Winters serves as the Office Manager, having joined the firm in June 2002. A native of Connecticut, Joan is an alumna of the University of Connecticut and also holds a Master's degree in Immunology from Quinnipiac University. She is currently a retired Colonel in the US Air Force Reserves. Joan holds a Diplomate in Laboratory Medicine (DLM) under the auspices of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Tracy Diaz is a corporate and educational web development consultant for Vet Tech. Tracy has over 15 years of legal and marketing experience and worked for one of the largest corporate law firms in Florida before moving to Blacksburg to attend graduate school. Tracy recently completed her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in Technology Education at Virginia Tech.