Meet Derrick

Constitutional Conservative for Texas

I’m an entrepreneur who has created several successful start-up biotech companies and a Gulf War Marine veteran. I also wrote my college thesis on Viral Evolution – What Would Darwin Say?, in 1995, well before it was a kitchen table term. Hence, I have an extraordinary understanding of how we got into a Global Pandemic and what it will take to get us out.

I’m also a proud husband and father to two daughters, my older daughter Erynn is a 2021 graduate of West Point and currently serving as an Ordnance Officer. My younger daughter Kaitlynn is currently a junior at the U.S. Naval Academy.

My Wife & Two Daughters

I met my wife, Jennifer in 1983 and dated throughout high school and my service in the Marine Corps. We reside in Liberty Hill and have two daughters, Erynn and Kaitlynn. Our daughters have both followed in my footsteps into military service. Erynn graduated from Army West Point in May of 2021, and I was honored to render her first salute. She is currently an Ordinance Officer with the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Carson. Kaitlynn is currently a junior at the US Naval Academy.

My Passion & Successful Business

After Hamilton College, I went to work on Wall Street at Morgan Stanley. Shortly after starting work at Morgan Stanley I was reunited with my high-school sweetheart Jennifer and we married just six months later. In 2006, we relocated to Austin as I took a job with Abbott Labs as a Director of Marketing in their Spinal Surgery Division which was subsequently divested by Abbott in 2008. In the summer of 2008, I formed DiFusion Inc., an advanced biomaterials manufacturer, which has several patented SMART polymers in development. We also have several FDA-cleared medical devices. I’m currently the President and CEO.