BATS-TOI™, pronounced bah’tua, is the French word for “fight!”. This is our ethos.

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The team at BATS-TOI™ is committed to innovation - the continuous search to improve, create, engineer and design the best products for the combat sport athlete.
This commitment is a constant battle...a fight to overcome seemingly impossible challenges and obstacles in order to achieve our mission of giving athletes the best tools to compete with confidence.


Collaboration is necessary for a bold concept to take shape and turn into something real that brings about a positive change.



The New York University Incubators are the first public-private partnership with New York City tasked with creating a sustainable incubation program focused on increasing the success rate of new ventures and generating positive economic impact.

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

At NYU Tandon, we are finding new solutions to the world’s problems by working across disciplines, redefining the technology landscape and strengthening important areas of research, and leading in new methods of teaching and learning. We are global and embrace the culture of Innovation, Invention, and Entrepreneurship.

Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Comprising multiple programs of study, with facilities specifically designed and equipped to meet the laboratory and research needs of both undergraduate and graduate students, the School is the site of an almost overwhelming array of basic and advanced research installations, from the Columbia Center for Electron Transport in Molecular Nanostructures to the Columbia Genome Center.



Zonvon applies top-notch research on world wide investment opportunities, leverages cutting-edge technologies, allocates capital and dynamically manages.


As the BATS-TOI™ team commits itself to pioneering new products, we will ensure that we partner with those that share the same vision of quality and innovation.

Mario R. Mercado, Jr.

Having wrestled at Syracuse University and the New York Athletic Club, Mario has been involved in combat sports at variety of levels for over 20 years. Most notably, he was appointed as a regulator to the New York State Athletic Commission by Governor Andrew Cuomo, and was a founding member of the executive team of the MMA league, the World Series of Fighting (WSOF). Mario graduated with a dual bachelor's degree in political science and media communications from Syracuse University, and currently is a MS Candidate in Sports Management at Columbia University.

John Zhang
Chief Operating Officer

Started his career at Mizuho Securities USA in international business development for the company’s HK and Tokyo business where he was the key personnel in growing the group’s HK business by 25%. In 2012, John started co-managing the company’s CMBS trading book, specializing in analyzing and valuing commercial real estate properties and played an integral part in expanding the client base for the sector. John graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree in sports management from Columbia University. John is fluent in Mandarin, Japanese, and English, and has played for a Chinese professional baseball team, the Beijing Tigers.

Dr. Nikhil Gupta, PhD
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Gupta is an associate professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, where he specializes in processing and structure property correlation for particulate composites and sandwich structures. He is world renowned in modeling and development of multifunctional micro-and nano-composite materials; and sensing damage and structural health-monitoring techniques including embedded sensors ultrasonic imaging. Dr. Gupta been awarded numerous National Science Foundation (NSF) grants for developing biomaterials and bioinspired foam and impact absorbing materials.

Dr. Barclay Morrison, PhD
Research Advisor

Dr. Morrison is a professor and Vice Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research focus is on traumatic brain injury, specifically, its biomechanics at the tissue level, as well as, the biochemical, genomic, and molecular pathways responsible for post-traumatic cell death. He is internationally recognized as an expert in injury biomechanics; is Vice-President of the International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury and an associate editor of the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.