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CU Tech Transfer Office – Channel 2012

 

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2012 Interviews

Dave Allen, Assoc VP, Tech Transfer Office, Annual Report 2011-12
Dave Allen, Assoc VP, Tech Transfer Office, BlackBox Event
Jerry Donahue, Valued Business Advisor
Paul Jerde, Exec. Dir., The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship
Christine Shapard & Wayne Greenberg, CCIA Fellows Intitute
Christine Shapard, Colorado Cleantech Industry Assoc.

The strength starts with the research enterprise
David Allen and Lindsay Lennox, Marketing Assistant Director, CU Technology Transfer Office enclosure-voice 1271_ 9/4/12 - We're bidding a fond farewell to Dr. David Allen, the Tech Transfer Guru at the University of Colorado. Over the last decade, we've watched Dave Allen lead the CU Tech Transfer Office to soaring heights. He's brought a great team together and feels confident that he's leaving his post in very capable hands. "It's difficult to leave Colorado. Colorado's a great place. I've had a wonderful time here in the last ten years." But he feels it's important to him to be in a position to provide the most value to another major research university - Arizona University. He'll be in the president's office, reporting to the president, part of the cabinet and that is important in that the University of Arizona is making a major commitment for technology commercialization. Dave will be the executive director of the overarching organization called, Tech Launch Arizona, within the Tech Launch is their Tech Transfer Office, an outstanding research park and a business incubator associated with that. They have some very good entrepreneurship programs. They have a business / industry liaison program which is like a front door to the university for people who want to access the university and its resources. But it's bitter sweet, Dave leaves behind a lot of friends, a lot of good memories - "But, I have one more in me and this is where I've chosen to do it", said Dave. "I think I'm lucky this time, like I was when I came here. I have all the support, resources and a good environment." When Dr. Allen came to CU Larry said, "I wonder what this guy is going to do. And over these numbers of years, the team you've built, the successes that have occurred, the impact on the university as well as the community and the state as a whole has been fabulous and Arizona is really lucky." We also talked with Dave about CU's strengths. Dr. Allen recognized Lindsay Lennox, Marketing Assistant Director, for the great job she's been doing for years and said she has helped place CU TTO right below the University of California - and that's a much bigger university system than Colorado. "We've become a place that helps define the practice of technology transfer in American universities." One of David’s key team members, Tom Smerdon has been named interim leader of CU TTO. Listen for more…
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Tech transfer and the Black Box
Dr. Dave Allen, Tech Transfer Office, University of  Colorado1153_ 1/30/12 - To some, tech transfer seems like a “black box” – investigators conduct research and report inventions, a percentage of the inventions are protected through the patent process, some of the protected assets are licensed, some products are developed, some are sold commercially and sometimes the University receives royalties and other economic consideration. During this session we looked into the black box to see how policies, procedures and practices at CU and the Technology Transfer office (TTO) addresses the throughput of inventions to royalties, and how various internal and external groups play a role in making this happen. Participants were better informed about technology transfer and made able to devise ways to engage in and/or advise on the process. Dr. David Allen has led the University of Colorado's technology transfer enterprise to a position of global leadership and pioneered many of the best practices academic technology transfer and technology-based economic development organizations used in proof-of-concept investing and incubation of university spinouts. In this short video excerpt David talks about the distinctiveness of the CU facility…
Related Links: CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || TTO Blog || CU TTO Awards || Award Photos || Tech Transfer at CU|| EVENT PHOTOS || Keywords: David Allen, University of Colorado, Technology Transfer, Rick Silva, Kate Tallman, Tom Smerdon, CU TTO, Black Box, Royalties, Proof-of-Concept
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Expanding opportunities presented in the cleantech arena
Christine Shapard, Executive Director, Colorado 
        Cleantech Industry Associationenclosure-voice 1242_ 7/16/12 - Formed back in 2009, the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association has been extremely busy. Last week we told you about the CCIA Fellows Institute focused on bringing in seasoned executives to be trained in the expanding opportunities presented in the cleantech arena. Completing this 17 week program, it is hoped that these seasoned executives will come out running a new company spun out of the university systems here in Colorado. But, Chris Shapard, executive director for the CCIA tells us there is much more going on. The last time we spoke with Chris is when CCIA introduced the CCIA Action Plan to the state and they've been furiously working to attain the goals and objectives from that plan. They've worked on getting the Fellows Institute up and running and worked on legislation that supports the industry. In addition to the Fellows Institute, the second initiative for the year is to raise funds for commercialization activities within the universities. CCIA in conjunction with CU, CSU and Mines are out and approaching foundations and they're going after an I-6 federal grant to bring money into that commercialization side. To grow the industry we really need resources put to creating companies and giving them a leg-up. CCIA had a very successful legislative session. They were one of the only organizations that got cleantech legislation passed. The CCIA piece, signed by the governor, is making it easier for third parties to put charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Colorado, so they're not treated like utilities and not regulated. CCIA works with all kinds of businesses, there are about eight different sectors that are considered clean technology. Chris gets into more detail ...listen now...
Related Links: CCIA Cleantech Fellows || Cleantech Fellow Application Due 7/27/12 || Colorado Cleantech Industry Association || CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || NREL || Keywords: Chris Shapard, Wayne Greenberg, CCIA, Fellows Institute, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, NREL, CU TTO, Commercialization, Renewable Energy, Wind, Solar, Bio Fuel Technology - bytes=4260574
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There are many industries under the banner of cleantech
Chris Shapard, Executive Director, Colorado Cleantech Industry Associationenclosure-voice 1237_ 7/9/12 - The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association is creating some big waves. We're talking with Christine Shapard the executive director of CCIA and she's brought a guest today, Wayne Greenberg, Wayne Greenberg, Director, CCIA Fellows InstituteDirector of the CCIA Fellows Institute. CCIA is developing this institute to help train executives from other industries on what the opportunities are in cleantech. Chris said, "We felt it was so important, to bring in executives to run our companies - there are so many technologies coming out of the universities and NREL. And we have a good contingent of executives, but we need more." Cleantech is an amalgamation of industries - there's not a cleantech industry out there - there are many industries under the banner of cleantech. Most of them are difficult industries. They have high barriers to entry, they have high capital costs, the products and services you have to build have to last in the field for many, many years. And so the difficulties in taking those technologies and creating companies is significant. The CCIA Fellows Institute mission is to attract executives who have already done those things who now want to turn their skills to a clean technology or renewable energy company. There are strong opportunities within the cleantech industry. The Fellows Institute is a unique program in that it identifies one of the true missing pieces, executive leadership. We will focus on the differences in this industry and the industries from which they've come and we're going to introduce them to the key players in this industry. We will introduce to the fellows and entrepreneurs in the program and they will do a capstone project around one of those selected technologies. Our hope is at graduation in early January we will have some companies formed at that time. The institute is selecting between 12 and 15 individuals, from a national pool, to come to the institute and spend 17 weeks in this program. The program begins July 27th 2012 - graduate in January with, potentially a company at that time...listen for more details...
Related Links: Cleantech Fellows || Cleantech Fellow Application Due 7/27/12 || Colorado Cleantech Industry Association || CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || NREL || Keywords: Chris Shapard, Wayne Greenberg, CCIA, Fellows Institute, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, NREL, CU TTO, Commercialization, Cleantech - bytes= 7661326
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How do I get involved, what do I do, what's this all about
Dave Allen, Associate Vice President, Tech Transfer Office, University of Coloradoenclosure-voice 1139_ 1/9/2012 - The CU Tech Transfer Office has a tremendous reputation in the business arena and over the past number of years TTO has overcome obstacles in a difficult economic environment and made great achievements... CU Tech Transfer ranks in the top five for all universities in the country. We are with David Allen, Associate Vice President of Tech Transfer to learn about an exciting event that's coming up. Dave said, "People come to us all the time, 'how do I get involved, what do I do, what's this all about? This event provides an opportunity to get that. I don't know of many universities that offer this help. It's the one-stop-shop for us. I'd love to see all the people there, it'll be an engaging session." Dave explains the idea is that what TTO does is something that is not common. The people that we work with are obviously very experienced. But, there are a lot of people who want to understand more about Tech Transfer. As it is, people must learn this by experience. Dave uses the black box analogy. There's input - dollars, people, inventions going into the box and out the other side comes licenses and companies and development programs. What happens in there, often, is not very transparent. "Basically what we're doing is taking that box and opening it up. Let people that are broadly part of the business community understand the forces at play that hinge on the technology that comes from the university and how it goes through the process and what it looks like. Who's involved, what are the policies... out of that comes a much better understanding about us. Dave worked with Paul Nelson, a clean tech serial entrepreneur to develop an agenda. The program is three hours and will be held on the 24th of January. Look for the agenda on the Tech Transfer web site/Events. People attending will typically be business people involved in this community. And a lot of people are looking at this as an opportunity to create a company - to learn how does that all work and match up. So who should attend? Someone who may be interested in this field in general or through the Boulder Innovation Center, CU Cleantech, the Deming Entrepreneurship Center and places like that...there's more...
Related Links: TTO Public Event: Tech Transfer at the University of Colorado || CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || TTO Blog || Keywords: David Allen, Technology Transfer, University of Colorado, Paul Nelson, Boulder Innovation Center, CU Cleantech, Deming Entrepreneurship Center - bytes=9218406
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About the Technology Transfer Office
The CU Technology Transfer Office pursues, protects, packages, and licenses to business the intellectual property generated from research at CU. The TTO provides assistance to faculty, staff, and students, as well as to businesses looking to license or invest in CU technology. For more information about technology transfer at CU, visit www.cu.edu/techtransfer.

Dave Allen, Associate Vice President, Technology Transfer Office, University of Colorado $4 million in royalties and 11 startups
enclosure-voice 1065_ 8/22/11 - We're here to check on the temperature at the CU Tech Transfer Office with Dave Allen, Associate Vice President of Technology Transfer at the University of Colorado. We check in with Dave every year to get a sense of what their fiscal year was like. This year? "We had a solid year!" said Dave, "For us the emphasis is inventions and faculty - we had 250 inventions and that's good." About 60% of these are [bio medical] related and then the other 30% being spread out across energy and chemical materials, software outfits, electronics, those kinds of things. In the bio most of what we get are in the therapeutics really. So we have a lot of good technology to work with. We see about a thousand inventions a year and our job is to figure out what in those are patentable, feasible and commercially viable and last year we filed almost the same number of patent applications as the year before. The core of our realm is exclusive licenses - those are assets that people can build on and develop. We had 37 last year and that's comparable to other years. It's not a big secret here, the technology economy has been in the doldrums for a couple of years. And we're glad that we can put 37 technologies exclusively in the hands of companies - and the vast majority of those are Colorado companies. Another thing people are interested in are startups - we've had eleven and that tracks, last year we had nine. The other thing to raise is our royalty income - last year we had $4 million in royalties. So it's been a solid year. We are looking forward to better. And one of the things we are doing that's different, and I think a lot of people will be interested in this. I don't believe there's anyone else in the country doing this. We're starting a program called the Technologies Transfer Office Fellows program. It's a trial this year. If it works we're going to scale it up. We'll extend our reach beyond by multiplying the numbers of bright, motivated people who want to add importance to their career. It is a bold plan with great promise! There's much more....
Related Links: CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || TTO Blog || CU TTO Awards || Award Photos || Keywords: CU Tech Transfer Office with David Allen, University of Colorado, Inventions, Energy, Chemical Materials, Software Outfits, Electronics, Bio Medical, Fellows Program, 8/22/11 - bytes=11280199
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About the University of Colorado
The University of Colorado is a premier teaching and research university with four campuses: the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Nearly 57,000 undergraduate and graduate students are pursuing academic degrees on CU campuses. CU is ranked seventh among public institutions in federal research expenditures in engineering and science by the National Science Foundation. Academic prestige is marked by the university’s four Nobel laureates, seven MacArthur “genius” Fellows, 18 alumni astronauts and 19 Rhodes Scholars. For more information, go to www.cu.edu.

Deciding they want to try their entrepreneurial feet
Jerry Donahue, CTEK Board Member of Distinction and Valued Business Advisorenclosure-voice 1156_ 1/30/12 - We're at the 10th Annual University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office Awards program at the historic Tivoli Turnhalle. This is truly a gathering of the greatest scientific minds who are creating and influencing the future. The venue is packed but early on we ran into an old friend, Jerry Donahue. When we first met Jerry back in the early days, he was running the Boulder Incubator - right through the days of Esprit Entrepreneur. Jerry tells us he's continued to do things, "It's addictive... Of late, strictly through faculty at CU, could be any campus. "Some of them over time, decide they want to try their entrepreneurial feet. Working with partners that often include guys like Dave Allen, Merc Mercure, Jerry tells us, the most fun he's having today is working with some of these little companies that they help start up. These folks have come to be really good business people as well as award winning faculty. Jerry and people like him often go on their boards, help them with the management aspect, sometime finding money, often just being a sounding board. "A delightful trip", said Jerry.
Related Links: CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || CU TTO Awards || Award Photos || CTEK Board Member of Distinction || Keywords: Jerry Donahue, CU TTO, Colorado Technology Transfer Office, Awards, Entrepreneurs, David Allen, Merc Mercure - bytes=4054102
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Looking at industry alliances and collaboration
Tom Smerdon, Interim Associate Vice President, Tech Transfer Office, 
    University of Colorado enclosure-voice 1324_ 12/10/12 - When we last spoke with Tom Smerdon he was manager/director of Licensing & New Business Development; today he is Interim Associate Vice President, University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. In his humble way, Tom tells us, "In the wake of Dave Allen's departure, I inherited Dave's position here." Although they've not filled his former position, so Tom's a busy man, still doing a little bit of what he used to do. But mostly Tom is doing the AVP job and thoroughly enjoying it. We asked him to tell us about his new position... "Basically it's more of a management position. Tech Transfer Office is a system office. So we cover the Boulder Campus, Anschutz Medical Campus, Downtown Denver as well as the Colorado Springs Campus. and we have a satellite Tech Transfer Office in connection with Anschutz Medical campus as well as the main office here which includes the administrative staff. We have close to 20 full time employees. And in addition to the case managers, the professionals that work on evaluating technologies, working with perspective licensees and helping to do the deals as well as managing the patenting process, we have a very top notch administrative staff that handles marketing and communication. Lindsay Lennox, Kathe Zaslow, working on a number of service agreements, materials transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements, different collaboration agreements. Last year we completed over 800 of those types of service and related agreements that are technically licensed to draw options." Tom talked about the great job other team members are doing. Larry asked, "What's going on now?" Tom replied, "Well, we're trying to maintain our performance of the past. Last year we received a little over 225 invention disclosures. So we're continuing to work on the challenges that are evaluating technologies that are disclosed to the office and then getting them licensed. Beyond that one of the initiatives we've been working on to work with the campuses to pursue ways of promotion industry alliances. There is a concern that the level of federal funding, which last year on a system basis, was $815 Million in total funding support, most..." There's more, listen now...
RELATED LINKS: CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || TTO Blog || CUTTO General Administrative Office || KEYWORDS: Tom Smerdon, Interim Associate Vice President, Tech Transfer Office, University of Colorado, Technology Transfer, Lindsay Lennox, Kathe Zaslow, Tara Dressler, Rick Silva, Kate Tallman, CU TTO > bytes=6271376
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10th Annual University of Colorado
Technology Transfer Awards - January 17th, 2012

CUTTO Award Banquet - Jan. 12, 2009 - 5:30 pm
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Researchers working on eye disease, chronic pain and cleantech among those honored for technology commercialization.

DENVER (Jan. 17, 2012) – The University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office (TTO) hosted its annual awards, honoring several faculty researchers, two companies founded on university research, and several members of the local entrepreneurial community.

The TTO will present these awards during a banquet on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Tivoli Turnhalle. The awards will follow a panel discussion offering faculty perspectives on the origins of university inventions.

In the last two decades, inventions by CU researchers have led to the formation of 114 new companies. Of these, 85 have operations in Colorado, seven have “gone public,” becoming publicly traded companies (either through an IPO or via a reverse merger), and 17 have been acquired by public companies. In total, companies created based on CU technology have attracted over $5.6 billion in financing.

“The University of Colorado is a primary driver for the Colorado economy in many ways – one way that is often less visible than our thousands of graduates, new buildings and faculty accolades is the commercialization of research,” said David Allen, associate vice president for technology transfer at CU. “This event recognizes excellence in the people and licensee companies that exemplify CU’s success in transforming research into real-world impact.”

The researchers and companies recognized this year represent all CU campuses, and are developing technologies ranging from novel treatments for chronic pain, eye disease and metabolic syndrome to new materials with applications in clean energy, and techniques for more efficient biofuels and solar power. This year’s award winners include:

Jeffrey L. Olson, Inventor of the Year, CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. Olson, an associate professor of ophthalmology, specializes in the medical and surgical management of retinal diseases like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment. One of his inventions, a method for preserving eyesight through the use of nanotechnology, is licensed to a CU startup currently raising Series A financing.

Linda R. Watkins, Inventor of the Year, CU-Boulder. Watkins, a distinguished professor of psychology, has developed both novel drugs and new uses of known drugs targeting various disorders with unmet medical needs, including chronic and neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis, ALS and addiction. Her inventions have led to numerous industry collaborations and licenses, as well as the formation of a new company, Xalud Therapeutics.

Richard J. Johnson, New Inventor of the Year, CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. Johnson is chief of the division of renal diseases and hypertension; his research has focused on the mechanisms of renal injury and progression, including in diabetes and hypertension. Recent work has also examined the role of uric acid and fructose in obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and hypertension.

Wei Zhang, New Inventor of the Year, CU-Boulder. Zhang, an assistant professor of chemistry & biochemistry, is developing novel materials with potential applications in solar energy conversion, gas separation and storage, chemical sensing and catalysis.

Anatoliy O. Pinchuk, New Inventor of the Year, CU-Colorado Springs. Pinchuk is an assistant professor of physics and energy science; his research focuses on nano-materials for intracellular imaging and optical bio-chemical sensors.

OPX Biotechnologies, Bioscience Company of the Year. OPXBIO (Boulder, CO) is a venture-backed company making renewable bio-based chemicals and fuels that are lower cost, higher return and more sustainable than existing petroleum-based products.

Phobos Energy, Physical Sciences/Engineering/IT Company of the Year. Phobos Energy (Menlo Park, CA; Lafayette, CO) is focused on increasing energy production, decreasing costs, and opening up new applications for solar photovoltaic power production.

S. Gail Eckhardt, Business Advisor of the Year. Eckhardt is chief of the division of medical oncology at the Anschutz Medical Campus. As an advisor to TTO on drug discovery and development projects, she has been critically important in facilitating industry collaborations involving not just her lab, but labs of her CU collaborators.

Michael R. Bristow, Serial University Start-up Entrepreneur Award. Bristow, a professor of medicine (division of cardiology) at the Anschutz Medical Campus, was a founder and former chief science and medical officer of Myogen, Inc. (acquired by Gilead Sciences, Inc. in 2006). He is the President and CEO of ARCA biopharma (Broomfield, CO), a company he founded in 2003 with the goal of developing genetically targeted therapies for heart failure. In 2007 he co‐founded miRagen Therapeutics, (Boulder, CO), a company dedicated to utilizing the biologic properties of microRNAs in developing therapies for cardiovascular diseases.

Additionally, two CU researchers were inducted into the Pinnacles of Inventorship, an all-stars group recognizing continuous commitment to best practices in technology transfer: Kristi S. Anseth (Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, CU-Boulder) and Charles A. Dinarello (Professor of Medicine and Immunology, Anschutz Medical Campus).

Dave Allen, Associate Vice President, Technology Transfer Office, University of Colorado Technology Transfer business flows with the innovation economy
enclosure-voice 1266_ 8/27/12 - The Tech Transfer Office at University of Colorado has been growing under the auspices of Dr David Allen for a full decade. Over these years he has accurately read the economic future, planned and executed strategies that have grown the office and greatly pleased the entire community. We are talking with Dave, the Associate Vice President of CU TTO for another annual report and a little flash back on the past decade. Dave gave us an overview of the report. "Last year was difficult in a couple of areas and outstanding in others. Technology Transfer business kind of flows with the innovation economy and also with the way federal funding for research goes because that's where our raw material comes from. Last year we had a slight decrease in our inventions disclosures, but an increase in patent applications, working through some of the pipeline issues that we have. Our exclusive licensing transactions were just two less than we had the year before which is hardly significant, we did 33 of those. That's an outstanding number in a difficult time in the market place. In the areas of bio technology and clean tech, last year was one of the most difficult years in a long time. Our startups have been running at around the same pace in a five year average - about ten a year. And, of course they continue to participate with the state Bio Science Discovery Evaluation Grant program; we are fully subscribed with a bunch of really high quality projects do have quite a backlog of companies that are poised for M&A and even some poised for going public. But overall CU TTO had an outstanding revenue year, with almost $33 Million of revenue! Almost thirty of that was from one transaction. Dave said, "What we did was to sell the royalty stream for the future. That took all the near term risk right off the table and if it does well, allows participation in the upside, which is a win/win for CU TTO and the purchaser." It was a solid year overall, TTO continues to work with partners like the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, CU Cleantech, CCTSI down at AMC, the Innovation Center for the Rockies, and our team is a strong team wonderful people working here...Listen for much more...
Related Links: CU Technology Transfer Office || TTO Blog || CU TTO Channel || Tech Transfer Performance Metric 2011-12 || TTO Strategic Plan || Colorado to Arizona || Keywords: David Allen, University of Colorado, Technology Transfer, Inventions, Energy, Bio Medical, Clean Tech, Annual Report, Decade, Discovery Evaluation Grant Program, Royalty Stream, - bytes=9111826
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Paul Jerde, Exec. Director, The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship - 1/30/2012 Does it have commercial viability and commercial applications?
enclosure-voice 1155_ 1/30/12 - It's interesting to see how the different departments at CU work together. Larry interviewed Paul Jerde who has been with the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship for 15+ years, and he says he was pretty naive. "I had come to have some strong ideas about the positioning of the value of entrepreneurship education in the university setting. What I found was people lit up at the mention, something exciting about an entrepreneur, I guess. But the tendency is to very narrowly define it. To some people it means just small business. To some it means bleeding edge technology and to some it means insane risk taking. To others, it's only about startups. So, at the core of our philosophy is the belief and the positioning of the way that our faculty work, and we work with faculty and students. The value of entrepreneurship education, at the core, has fundamental value for the students in almost any particular discipline." Paul is often challenged... can you teach someone to be an entrepreneur? Can you teach someone entrepreneurship? Paul says no to the first. I don't believe, nor should you try to teach someone to be an entrepreneur. Other things cause that to come about. But you can absolutely teach the skills. And at the core of entrepreneurship education is teaching our students to answer the question when someone says, 'I have an idea, what do I do with it?' Here's what you do - 'That's an interesting idea. Does it have commercial viability? Does it have commercial applications?' Well, most people in the world don't really know. And that's what we want our students to have. They know what feasibility, analysis and market assessment is all about. They know about doing due diligence, how to go through a really rigorous and in-depth process in determining whether an idea can translatable into a commercial opportunity. The business planning part of this has to do with the integrating of different disciplines...finance, marketing, operations, strategy management, and so forth - bringing those all together. More broadly in our cross campus entrepreneurship program it's getting teams of students to work together to appreciate the ideas may come from the creative departments or from the engineers who can actually build something, or from the scientists who can actually discover something - but often times they don't know what to do with their new invention or new discovery. We try to make these 'productive collisions' of teams of students and in general find people of different expertise's come together around the idea of how do you allow an idea to flourish. There's much more...
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Interviews 2011:
Dave Allen, Annual Report 2010-11
Dave Allen, Annual Report 2009-10
Michael Bristow, MD, Ph.D. CEO & Chief Science & Medical Officer of ARCA
Dick Hinson, Sr. Vice President, Aurora Economic Development Council
Paul Komor, Education Director, Energy Institute, University of Colorado @ Boulder
Jim Linfield, Bio Frontiers Institute 11/7/2011
Dr. Timothy Rodell, GlobeImmune

Meet the 9th Annual TTO Winners:
Lauren C. Costantini, Business Advisor of the Year
Malik Kahook & Naresh Mandava, Inventors of the Year, Anschutz Medical Campus

Tech Transfer Award Winners and Bio Frontiers Institute
Jim Linfield, Managing Partner, Cooley LLPenclosure-voice Dave Allen, Associate Vice President, Technology Transfer Office, University of Colorado1104_ 11/7/11 - We took a trip out to Broomfield, to meet Dave Allen, Associate VP, Tech Transfer Office, University of Colorado, where he introduced us to Jim Linfield, Managing Partner at Cooley. Jim was the recipient of the Colorado Technology Infrastructure Leadership Award 2011. Really, if you spend time around the university or in the bio or clean tech communities, you know Jim - but there's more to the story. Dave Allen said the best way he could describe the award "...is acknowledgement that Jim has his fingerprints on all the things that work really well as it relates to the technology environment/infrastructure/ecosystem creating a vibrant environment for commercialization of technology..." He goes way beyond, whether it's bio science, cleantech, Boulder Innovation Center, Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, Technology Transfer Advisory Board, and more. I don't think they'd be what they are without Jim, so that was basically the acknowledgement." Dave points out that Jim plays a major role in two other significant areas. He played an instrumental role in the attraction of Tom Cech back to the university about two, three years ago. He's one of the leaders in the Bio Frontiers Advisory Board and he is one of the three people on the FRA Board at Anschutz Medical Campus - both provide interesting challenges and great opportunities. Larry asked Jim for what was on the horizon. In the Bio Science area there is the Bio Frontiers Institute which will be the center of activity for the university interdisciplinary studies and Tom Cech is the head of that, the building should be completed in February on the east campus in Boulder. Jim said, "I think that will solidify CU's position as one of the leading institutions for interdisciplinary research in the life sciences area, covering both therapeutics and diagnostics but also bio fuels, so I think it will be a remarkable institution." ...Listen for much more...
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