CU Anschutz Presents an Innovation Forum

CU Innovations, Startup Toolbox and Academia Industry Alliance (AIA) will be hosting a 3-day event highlighting the diversity of innovation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

 

Engaging presentations and panel discussions will demystify the innovation journey. Key sessions will cover company formation, building inclusive teams and career opportunities. Connect with CU researchers, start-ups and industry partners.


Agenda

Day 1 | Fostering Diversity in Innovation

Hosted by CU Innovations


Monday, June 10th at the Anschutz Health Sciences Building
Donald M. Elliman Conference Center, Floor 2

Building upon the success of last year's Stories of Women-Led Innovation Event, this forum aims to continue highlighting the achievements and challenges faced by our women innovators and to demystify the innovation pathway through presentations and panel discussions. Sessions cover intellectual property protection, building inclusive teams and addressing bias in the context of academic innovation.

Don't miss our keynote from Gitanjali Rao, aspiring scientist, inventor and author!

Tom Flaig, MD

Vice Chancellor for Research, CU Anschutz

Doreen Molk MS

(Providing Speaker Introduction)
Senior Licensing Manager, CU Innovations

Virginia Borges, MD, MMSc

Professor of Medical Oncology, CU Anschutz

Tyra Fainstad MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, CU Anschutz Co-Director, Better Together Physician Coaching

Adrienne Mann, MD

Assistant Professor of Hospital Medicine, CU Anschutz & Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, Associate Program Director, CU Internal Medicine Residency Program, Co-Director, Better Together Physician Coaching

Judy Regensteiner, PhD

(Moderator)
Director, Ludeman Family Center for Women's Health Research, Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine & Cardiology, CU Anschutz

Heather Underwood PhD

Entrepreneur, Innovator

Barbara Bauer MS

(Moderator)
President, Global Sight Partners

Curtis Henry, PhD

Deputy Associate Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access, Associate Professor of Immunology and Microbiology, The Margaret Turley Grohne Chair in Translational Cancer Research, CU Anschutz

Melanie Joy, PharmD, PhD, FCCP, FASN

Professor, Director of Innovation and Commercialization, CU Anschutz, Director of Entrepreneurship Education, SPARK/REACH Program Scientific Consultant, Katharos Inc

Anne Libby, PhD

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, CU Anschutz

Gitanjali Rao

(Keynote)
Inventor, Author & Speaker

Michael McMurray PhD

(Keynote Introduction)
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, CU Anschutz

Brooke Fritz, JD, MA

(Moderator)
Special Counsel, Cooley LLP

Mike Holers MD

Director of Faculty Ventures CU Innovations, Smyth Professor of Rheumatology, CU Anschutz

Nick Pfeifer, JD, BS

Partner, Smith & Hopen, PA

Mary Tapolsky PhD

Director of Licensing, CU Innovations

Sharon Lake MS

Entrepreneur, Founder & Board Chair, Coruna Medical LLC, Founder, Preview Medical, Founder, Cutagenesis

Stan Lapidus BSEE

Chairman Board of Directors, Mercy BioAnalytics, Binx Health, Mirvie, Board Member, Lucid Dx, Droplet Biosciences, Sunbird Bio & PathAI

David Perez BA

Non-Executive Chairman, Advanced Instruments & Laborie, Board Member, NeoGenomics & Molnlycke, Advisor, Volunteer, Mentor

Clay Smith MD

Medical Director & Data Science, CU Innovations Professor of Hematology, CU Anschutz, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer, OncoVerity, Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, RefinedScience

Steve VanNurden, MBA

Associate Vice Chancellor of Biotechnology, CU Anschutz, President and CEO, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority

Doreen Molk MS

(Providing Speaker Introduction)
Senior Licensing Manager, CU Innovations

Day 2 | Igniting Impact with Academic Innovation

Hosted by CU Innovations Startup Toolbox


Tuesday, June 11th at the Anschutz Health Sciences Building
Donald M. Elliman Conference Center, Floor 2

This event will educate and inspire entrepreneurs at all stages. Featured panels cover company formation, funding biomedical discoveries and creating strategic alliances. Each session will include interactive elements and the chance to network with potential partners from the Anschutz campus and beyond. 

Get to know Jodie Morrison, CEO of Q32 Bio, and Kimberly Muller, Executive Director of CU Innovations, through their Fireside Chat Keynote.

Terri Carrothers

Terri Carrothers

Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Chief Financial Officer, CU Anschutz

Lily Elizabeth Feldman, BS, PhD Candidate

(Providing Speaker Introduction)
Senior Startup Toolbox Fellow, CU Innovations

Demetria M. Bolden PhD, MBA

Assistant Professor of Medicine, CU Anschutz, Associate Director, I-Corps
Robin Deterding MD

Robin Deterding, MD

Chief Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, CU Anschutz, Medical Director, Breathing Institute, Children's Hospital Colorado, CEO, CMO & Co-Founder, Now Vitals

Mike Holers MD

Director of Faculty Ventures CU Innovations, Smyth Professor of Rheumatology, CU Anschutz

Sharon Lake MS

(Moderator)
Entrepreneur, Founder & Board Chair, Coruna Medical LLC, Founder, Preview Medical, Founder, Cutagenesis

Jim Lambert PhD

Associate Research Professor of Pathology, CU Anschutz, President & Founder, Vona Oncology
Gali Baler

Gali Baler PhD

Managing Director of Strategy & Operations, CU Innovations Director of Investments, CU Healthcare Innovation Fund, Venture Capital Analytics Director Emeritus, Rockies Venture Club

Elyse Blazevich MS, BA

(Moderator)
President & CEO, Colorado BioScience Association

Rama Haris, MBA, BS

Advanced Industries Senior Manager, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Kevin Noble, MS, BA

Director, Life Sciences Incubator, Client Director, Innosphere Ventures

Praful Shah PhD, MBA

Board of Directors, PharmaJet, Board of Directors, Alliance for Collective Action

Jodie Morrison, BS

Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors, Q32 Bio, Inc.
Kimberly Muller, Esq

Kimberly Muller Esq

Executive Director CU Innovations
dna cell lines

Anne Adema MD

(Moderator)
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, CU Anschutz

Zach Conrad, BA

Principal Designer & Partner, K1C Consulting LLC

Heather Gilmartin PhD, NP

Associate Director, Dissemination & Implementation Research Core, CCTSI, Assistant Professor, CU Anschutz

Lori Jones

President & CEO, Avocet Communications, Member, Forbes Agency Council

Kevin Noble, MS, BA

Director, Life Sciences Incubator, Client Director, Innosphere Ventures

Amy Wedeking Shannon MBA, BA

Founder, CaliberOne Solutions, LLC

Lily Elizabeth Feldman, BS, PhD Candidate

Senior Startup Toolbox Fellow, CU Innovations

Day 2 | Venture Showcase

Hosted by CU Innovations Startup Toolbox


Tuesday, June 11th at The Benson Hotel & Faculty Club

Pitching teams include Now Vitals, Pearl Scientific, Vinasa Oncology, Vona Oncology and OncoPatch. You will have a chance to vote for the best pitch, all while enjoying food and drink courtesy of CU Innovations Startup Toolbox and Cooley LLC. 

Robin Deterding MD

Robin Deterding, MD

CEO/CMO & Co-Founder, NowVitals

Jim Lambert, PhD

Founder & President, Vona Oncology
Traci Lyons

Traci Lyons, PhD

CSO & Co-Founder, Pearl Scientific, LLC

Devatha Nair PhD

Materials Scientist, Azodent

Mike Schurr PhD

Microbiologist Associate, Azodent

David Westerly, PhD

Co-Founder & CEO, OncoPatch
Gali Baler

Gali Baler PhD

Managing Director of Strategy & Operations, CU Innovations Director of Investments, CU Healthcare Innovation Fund, Venture Capital Analytics Director Emeritus, Rockies Venture Club

Sharon Lake MS

Entrepreneur, Founder & Board Chair, Coruna Medical LLC, Founder, Preview Medical, Founder, Cutagenesis

Jodie Morrison, BS

Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors, Q32 Bio, Inc.

Praful Shah PhD, MBA

Board of Directors, PharmaJet, Board of Directors, Alliance for Collective Action

Day 3 | Rocky Mountain Biotech Symposium

Hosted by Academia Industry Alliance


Wednesday, June 12th at the Anschutz Health Sciences Building
Donald M. Elliman Conference Center, Floor 2

With sessions featuring scientific talks, career panels, and a 2-hour networking lunch, RMBTS offers a prime platform to highlight scientific advancements and career opportunities, fostering collaboration within Colorado's scientific community.

Ivy Brown MSc

Senior Life Science Specialist II, Avantor

Rebecca Hartsough MS, BA

Director Strategic Accounts, Vaccines, PPD

Yevgeniy Izrayelit PhD

Director of Biology, OnKure Therapeutics

John Kelley BA

Chair and Executive Director, CereHealth
Katherine Lee

Katherine Lee PhD, MS

Senior Medical Science Liaison, Epilepsy, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Kim Thomas, PhD

Assistant Investigator, Vitalant Research Institute

Joel Basken PhD

Director of Operations, Platform, Enveda Biosciences

Aaron Krueger PhD

Senior Scientist, Drug Product Development, Umoja Biopharma

Tyler McCann PhD

Principal Medical Science Liaison, Daiichi Sankyo

Sascha Strait PhD

Research Scientist, Pharmacology, OnKure Therapeutics

Maximo de Achaval MS

Senior Product & Market Development Manager, CONMED Corporation

Tyler Matheny PhD

Subject Matter Expert, SOPHiA GENETICS

Maria Navas-Moreno PhD

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, illumifyDx

Kimberly Casalvieri PhD

Senior Scientist II, Process Chemistry, Cambrex

Marissa McKercher PhD

Senior Scientist Group Lead, KBI Biopharma

Joseph Mikulin PhD

Laboratory Director, HemoGenix

Directions & Parking

Map of CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Event Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for making this forum possible! We are greatly appreciative of your continued support.

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Reservation Policy & Attendance Limit: This event has an attendance limit of 300 people and seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to register as soon as possible to reserve your seat and ensure your attendance. 

*We strive to be inclusive. All are welcome to attend!

 

CU Innovations

CU Anschutz

Anschutz Health Sciences Building

1890 N Revere Ct

Suite 6202

Mail Stop F411

Aurora, CO 80045


303-724-6653

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