About VCU Innovation Gateway

VCU Innovation Gateway began in 1994 for the purpose of protecting and commercializing valuable VCU inventions and creations. To support the implementation of the VCU strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, Innovation Gateway broadened its mission and activities in 2014. The office is not only responsible for commercializing VCU research, but is now committed to enhancing the overall culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at VCU and contributing to the growth of the region’s innovation ecosystem. This broader mission will foster collaborations with local and prospective companies to build external support for our inventors; will grow an entrepreneurial population that could help us commercialize our technologies through new venture creation and thus support economic growth of our region. At VCU Innovation Gateway, we are dedicated to VCU’s success within a growing regional ecosystem.

Meet Our Team

Ivelina Metcheva, Ph.D., MBA

Ivelina Metcheva, Ph.D., MBA
Executive Director
Phone: (804) 828-5188
Direct line: (804) 827-1213
Fax: (804) 827-0087
ismetche@vcu.edu

Magdalena K. Morgan, Ph.D. Magdalena K. Morgan, Ph.D.
Technology Manager
Phone: (804) 828-5188
Direct line: (804) 827-6095
mkmorgan@vcu.edu
Afsar Q. Mir, M.S. Afsar Q. Mir, M.S.
Technology Manager
Phone: (804) 828-5188
Direct line: (804) 827-2213
miraq@vcu.edu
Nicole M. Colomb Nicole M. Colomb
Enterprise and Economic Development Executive
Phone: (804) 828-5188
Direct line: (804)-828-4200
Fax: (804)-827-0087
nmcolomb2@vcu.edu
Susan McFadden Patow, MS, MBA, CLP Susan McFadden Patow, MS, MBA, CLP
Manager, Commercialization and Business Development
Phone: (804) 828-5188
Direct line: (804) 827-2211
smpatow@vcu.edu
Zena Singh Zena Singh
Office Manager
Phone: (804) 828-5188
Fax: (804) 827-0087
zsingh@vcu.edu
Livia M. Horton Livia M. Horton
Administrative Assistant
Direct line: (804) 827-6093
hortonlm@vcu.edu
Britlin O'Shea Britlin O'Shea
Licensing Liaison
Direct line: (804) 828-9778
osheabl@vcu.edu
Trisha Massenzo Trisha Massenzo
Licensing Liaison
Direct line: (804) 828-9778
massenzotj@vcu.edu
Ayana Scott-Elliston Ayana Scott-Elliston
Licensing Liaison
Direct line: (804) 828-9778
scotta2@vcu.edu
Dominic Costanzo Dominic Costanzo
Program Manager
Direct line: (804) 827-6098
costanzodr@vcu.edu
V. Lacy Spott V. Lacy Spott
Program Manager
Direct line: (804) 827-6098
spottvl@vcu.edu