About Us

Everything about Twister

A Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Technologies funded and supported company.

Twister Biotech was created around the break-through and disruptive platform technology, MiniVectors, that originated in the laboratory of Dr. Lynn Zechiedrich at Baylor College of Medicine.

Twister’s primary mission is to provide MiniVectors to researchers to enable better transfection efficiencies and allow longer-term effects to be observed.

Our Dedicated Team

We Are Passionate About Science!

  • Chris Coker
  • Lynn Zechiedrich, PhD
    Lynn Zechiedrich, PhDFounder & Chief Scientific Officer

    C.E.O. and President of Twister Biotech, Dr. Zechiedrich holds the Kyle and Josephine Morrow Chair in Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. She is Professor in the departments of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Pharmacology. Known internationally for her work on DNA structure/function, Dr. Zechiedrich has won numerous research and mentoring awards.

  • Jonathan M. Fogg, PhD
      Jonathan M. Fogg, PhDScientist

      Co-inventor of Twister’s patented technologies, Dr. Fogg has over a decade of experience working with MiniVectors. Dr. Fogg is a senior staff scientist at Baylor College of Medicine who received his Ph.D. at the University of Dundee in Scotland. His research interests range from fundamental research on the properties and structure of supercoiled DNA to exploring therapeutic applications of MiniVectors.

    • Martin M. Matzuk, MD PhD
      Martin M. Matzuk, MD PhDResearch & Development

      Dr. Matzuk is treasurer and a manager of Twister Biotech. He holds the Stuart A. Wallace Chair and Robert L. Moody, Sr. Chair in Pathology and Immunology and is the Director of the Center for Drug Discovery at Baylor College of Medicine. He is Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Immunology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Pharmacology.

    • Mark A. Matovich, PhD
        Mark A. Matovich, PhDScientist

        Mark A. Matovich, Ph.D., obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, United Kingdom, on a Marshall Scholarship. Dr. Matovich spent 32 years with Shell Oil in various supervisory and management assignments in research, engineering, and operations associated with oil and gas production.  He and his wife Alison strongly believe that Twister’s technology can make a difference to society.  He works hard to help make that happen.

      • Chris Hebel
        Chris HebelMarketing & Sales

        More than 25 years experience at early stage Biotechnology companies encompassing both product/process development work and entrepreneurial business development work. Mr. Hebel now acts as a consultant to early stage companies developing and commercializing various biotechnology products based on cutting edge technologies.

      “When we say we are passionate about science, we mean it. From the very beginning it has been our mission to improve human health. We are proud of what we have done but are always pushing on toward more discovery.”

      Lynn Zechiedrich

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