The Crocker Innovation Fellows program was founded in 2011 and funded by Gary and Ann Crocker.


Gary and Ann Crocker are supporters of innovation and entrepreneurship in their communities and around the nation. Gary and Ann Crocker are the parents of seven children and have demonstrated a life long commitment to improving the world. Gary Crocker's 35-year career spans all three branches of the life sciences industry: developing breakthrough medical devices, diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals. Born and raised in Utah, Crocker founded Research Medical in Midvale in 1983 and built it into the worlds largest manufacturer of open-heart surgery catheters. He served as CEO for 14 years of this publicly traded company, which was named for five consecutive years by Forbes magazine as one of Americas Best 200 Small Companies. The company was sold to Baxter in 1997 for $235 million.

Later, with three colleagues at Research Park, Crocker founded TheraTech and produced industry- leading transdermal drug patches for hormone delivery, an enterprise that eventually sold for $340 million. His Crocker Ventures fund was an early investor in Boston-based Interleukin Genetics, and he served as a founding director of this personalized medicine diagnostics biotech.

During the past six years Crocker has served as chairman of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, a cancer research firm in Boston recognized as one of the top five private biotechnology companies in the United States. Merrimack recently completed one of the industry's largest drug licensing transactions: a $530 million worldwide licensing agreement for its groundbreaking cancer drug-diagnostic test combination  the first of five in its portfolio  with the pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis.

"Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement, and progress."requires the courage to let go of certainties."



As this program has an interdisciplinary focus, we have a team of several professors from different disciplines that are experts in their field to help guide and mentor the students in the class.

Nile Hatch Business

Nile Hatch earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and is now an entrepreneurship professor at BYU.  He teaches innovation and strategy in the Marriott School of Management.  Nile’s research focuses on learning and innovation as determinants of entrepreneurial success and corporate agility.  He is also the area leader of the BYU entrepreneurship program.

Chris Mattson Engineering

Christopher A. Mattson received his Ph.D. (2003) from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining the faculty at BYU, Prof. Mattson was the Global Director of Engineering Design and Research at ATL Technology. He led the design of many electro-mechanical products used by over 15 million people worldwide. His is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award and has been awarded three US Patents.

Curt Anderson Law

Curtis Anderson recently joined the BYU Law School faculty after over 20 years of experience in private practice and as an in-house lawyer. Prior to teaching at BYU, Curtis was the general counsel of the Match Group, which is controlled by IAC/InterActiveCorp.  Before joining IAC, he was a partner at Baker Botts in Dallas, Texas. While in private practice, he was a transactional lawyer and advised public and private companies, venture capital funds and development stage companies.

Bryan Howell Industrial Design

Bryan received his MFA in Design from the University of Texas – Austin in 2005 and his undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Brigham Young University in 1984. He started his professional career working with Frog design in Germany, California and Singapore. He then moved to Dell Computer in Austin where he worked in Design and Engineering Management. After receiving his graduate degree he successfully directed his own consulting business with clients in North America and Asia. He has been teaching at Brigham Young University since August of 2005.

Chia-Chi Teng Information Technology

Chia-Chi Teng, Associate Professor of School of Technology, earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the National Tsing Hua University at Hsinchu, Taiwan in 1985, earned a master's and Ph.D degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington in 1993 and 2007. He was a software development engineer at Microsoft Corporation from 1989 to 2005. Professor Teng's research is in computer vision with related interests in medical imaging applications. Professor Teng is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served a mission in the Taiwan Taichung Mission from 1987 to 1989.

The Crocker Innovation Fellowship Program at Brigham Young University is a year-long, interdisciplinary innovation experience.  Students learn the tools of innovation and practice them under the mentorship of experience faculty.  Crocker Fellows receive a fellowship stipend and innovation teams receive funding to support the development and testing of their innovations. The program is made possible by the generous financial support of Gary and Ann Crocker.

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