CU Innovations specializes in commercializing technology, developing ventures, and building business partnerships. We are the resource for biomedical technology commercialization for both the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Denver Campus. For assistance, contact one of our team members below or complete this contact form.
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Kimberly Muller is the Executive Director of CU Innovations where she leads innovation for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Ms. Muller’s business development responsibilities include investing, company creation, innovation management, forming key strategic industry partnerships, and licensing. Large-scale industry collaborations have been established in areas such as AI and drug development. She also manages several funds, including an innovation grant fund, and a nearly $50 million venture fund.
Kimberly joined the University of Colorado from Yale University where she was formerly the Deputy Director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), and managed New Ventures in the Office of Cooperative Research. During Kimberly’s tenure, Yale’s Office of Cooperative Research started more than 70 new ventures that have raised over $5 billion in investor capital.
Previously, Kimberly started and sold companies in the biotech, tech, and clean energy fields, companies included Curagen Corporation (acquired by Celldex Therapeutics), 454 Life Science (acquired by Roche), and Arbor Fuel, a biofuel company that utilized recombinant microorganisms for the production of ethanol and butanol. Kimberly began her career in New York as a patent attorney for Chadbourne and Parke, LLP.
Kimberly has a graduate degree in Genetics, and received her law degree with highest honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
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James joined the Licensing Group of CU Innovations in January 2018. As the Manager of Pharmaceutical Development and Intellectual Property, he works closely with research scientists helping transition their creations from the laboratory to the public.
His legal practice focuses on the acquisition and development of intellectual property, including the filing and prosecution of patents, as well as the negotiation and licensing of patented inventions. He is also actively engaged with campus investigators in advising how to commercialize and develop novel medications and formulations discovered at the Anschutz Medical Campus. James has extensive experience with both healthcare and technology innovation, having worked as a pharmacist for Walgreens Co., an intellectual property attorney with Morris, Nichols, Arsht and Tunnell, LLP, and a research assistant at ImmunoTox, Inc.
James obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Pharmacy Administration from the University of Mississippi. He earned his Juris Doctor from William and Mary Law School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from James Madison University. James is admitted to practice law in Delaware, Mississippi and Colorado. He is also a licensed pharmacist in Mississippi and Colorado.
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Dallas Martin serves as Associate Counsel in the CU Innovations Office at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
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Claire joined CU Innovations in October 2020 as the SPARK Program Manager. In this role, she administers the vision, strategy, and goals of the SPARK|REACH Program.
Claire has been with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus since 2018. Prior to joining CU Anschutz, she managed funding and entrepreneurship programs in Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish government science funding agency. Claire has conducted research on the immune response in neurological disorders and developed a prodromal diagnostic test for Alzheimer’s disease.
Claire has a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD in neuroscience from Innsbruck Medical University, and a certificate in project management from the International Project Management Association.
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Rolfe manages the CU Innovations brand, communications, and website.
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Tyler joined the CU Innovations team in June 2019 as a Technology Marketing Analyst. He is a Materials Chemistry PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Tyler's research concerns semiconductor processing where he and his lab work closely with companies like Intel, Tokyo Electron, and Lam Research to develop processes for fabricating cutting-edge nanotechnology devices. Currently he is working on etching nanoparticles for applications in solar energy. Tyler has a Bachelor of Chemistry and Mathematics from Elmira College in upstate New York.
Matt has been a fellow at CU Innovations since February of 2020. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines / University Colorado Denver where he uses microfluidic devices to model and study the underlying biophysics and biochemistry of blood clotting. His main project focuses on modeling bleeding and clotting in the microvasculature to better understand causes of bleeding in bleeding disorders. Previously, Matt received a BS in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University in 2016.
Melissa is currently a third year medical student at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She previously attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she received a BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She then went on to receive her PhD in Bioengineering at University of Colorado Denver. Melissa's primary research focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of multifunctional biomaterials for clinical applications. She has worked on a variety of research projects aimed at establishing platforms for targeted drug delivery, injectable biomaterials for tissue engineering, and nanoparticle materials for diagnostic use. Her most recent research involves the development of a new diagnostic approach for HER2-positive breast cancer.
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Don joined the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in December 2016 and has a background in handling both pre- and post-award grant management functions as well as research contract management and oversight. Prior to moving to Colorado, he worked in higher education administration and grant management within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since starting at Anschutz Medical Campus, he has worked both with the PreAward Shared Services team under the Dean's Office within the School of Medicine and as the Research Budget and Grants Manager for the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine. In his experience, he has assisted PIs from a number of different departments and backgrounds with submitting and managing grant proposals to a number of foundations and federal agencies include the NIH, DoD, DARPA, NSF, JDRF, and the American Cancer Society. Don will be completing his MBA in the spring of 2021. He currently holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) completed in 2015 and a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Language (BSIBL) completed in 2009 through the University of Tulsa.