Carin Hermann has served as In-house Counsel for CSU Ventures since 2008. She advises the office on general legal matters, files provisional patent applications and takes an active role in drafting, negotiating and managing technology transfer agreements. She assists CSU inventors with new company organization and startup formation and assists outside counsel with patent and trademark prosecution. Carin received her BA in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Colorado in 1999 and a JD from CU in 2008, where she served as President of the Technology Law Student Association, and Executive Editor of the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law.
Cindy Pederson is the Patent Manager in the Technology Transfer Office at CSU Ventures. She joined CSU Ventures in 2007. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution, maintaining all CSU issued patents, government compliance reporting, managing the patent budget, and assisting in the management of all commercialization agreements. She works closely with outside patent counsel, licensing managers, business development managers, sponsored research providers, and CSU inventors and startup companies. Cindy is a graduate of Madison Business College, WI. She brings to CSU Ventures in-depth knowledge and experience as a paralegal in large and small private practice law firms in the areas of intellectual property prosecution, corporate business and litigation.
Dian Kammeyer is a Director of Licensing & Business Development in the Technology Transfer Office at CSU Ventures and has been with the company for over 20 years. She is responsible for technology marketing and related patent matters, including license negotiation of CSU-created intellectual property. She also supports startup formation and university research activities. Her portfolio primarily consists of innovations in agricultural sciences but also includes a diversity of technologies from other departments.
Lisa Dunbar is the Office & Communications Manager for CSU Ventures. She supports the Executive Director and the Director of Licensing and Business Development. Lisa also has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, administrative support, and volunteer recruitment. She holds a BA degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Colorado State University.
Mandana Ashouri is a Director of Licensing & Business Development for CSU Ventures. She previously served as licensing specialist and IP manager at the University of Texas at Austin for 5 years. Also, she worked for academia and the oil and gas industry for 10 years before entering the technology transfer and commercialization field. Mandana is responsible for technology marketing, patent prosecution and license negotiation of CSU-created intellectual property and supports startup formation, university research activities and corporate relations. Her portfolio primarily consists of innovations in physical science and engineering. Mandana received her BSc in Chemical Engineering form The University of Tehran, and she holds two MSc degrees in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Rodman Tompkins is a Director of Licensing & Business Development for CSU Ventures. He is responsible for technology marketing, patent prosecution and license negotiation of CSU-created intellectual property and also supports startup formation, university research activities and corporate relations. His portfolio primarily consists of innovations in infectious disease, neuroscience and reproductive biology. Rod received BS degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology and Neuroscience from Tulane University and MS degrees in Anatomy and Microbiology from Colorado State University.
Sarah Belford is a Licensing & Business Analytics Manager at CSU Ventures. She is responsible for analytics, technology marketing, and database administration. Sarah received her BA in Chemistry and Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her MA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Steve Albers is a Licensing Manager in the Technology Transfer Office at CSU Ventures. Steve is the Associate Director of CSUV’s NewCo Launchpad Program that supports and guides startup companies leveraging CSU owned technology. Steve is also the Co-Director of the CSUV Ambassador program, a program that engages directly with CSU graduate students on topics related to technology transfer and startup creation. Steve received his PhD in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program at Colorado State University. Outside of CSU Ventures, Steve is the Co-founder and CSO of Living Ink Technologies.
Steve Foster became Director of Business Development in 2008 for CSU Ventures. He is responsible for technology marketing, patent prosecution, managing strategic alliances and license negotiation. In addition, he supports startup formation and CSU’s Cancer Supercluster technology transfer activities. Prior to joining CSU Ventures, he worked 13 years with Amgen in research, development, and licensing. Steve holds a BS in Biological Sciences and an MBA from California Lutheran University.
Terry Opgenorth serves as Vice President of CSU Ventures. Prior to joining CSU Ventures in 2007, he spent 20 years in the Drug Discovery arm of Abbott Laboratories. Most recently, he served as Divisional Vice President of Metabolic Disease Research, Antiviral Research and Target-Lead Discovery Research. Terry’s duties include development of CSU life science collaborations, active engagement with CSU startup companies and assisting bioscience initiatives with the State of Colorado.
Todd Headley is President of CSU Ventures, which is dedicated to commercializing technology and innovations developed at Colorado State University. He previously held roles in technology commercialization and business development at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Iowa State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to entering the university technology commercialization field, Todd spent 10 years working in the biopharmaceutical industry for Schering-Plough and Wyeth, primarily engaged in manufacturing and product development activities. He holds bachelor's degrees in both Microbiology and Environmental Science from South Dakota State University and an MBA from Iowa State University.
Angie Freeman is a Licensing Manager in the Technology Transfer Office at CSU Ventures. She is responsible for technology marketing and license negotiation of CSU-created intellectual property. She also supports startup formation and university research activities. Her portfolio primarily consists of innovations in the digital space. Prior to joining the company in 2015, Angie worked as director of business development for an industrial automation company. Angie received her master’s degrees in both Finance and Political Science in Bulgaria and she holds a Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA from Colorado State University.
Ben Walker works directly with CSU Ventures to drive technology transfer and commercialization activities at Colorado State University. Ben brings 30 years of direct business planning, product development and marketing experience to the table. Combined with his proficiency bringing technology out of HP labs, he will for early-stage companies, blend the resources of business and academia to optimize opportunities for the technologies and companies of the future.
Sarah Hibbs-Shipp is the CSU Ventures Outreach Coordinator. Her responsibilities include development of an on-campus educational initiative and increasing communication in areas of outreach for Colorado State that support the mission of CSU Ventures. Sarah has a BA in Biology from Grinnell College, a MS in Nutritional Science from CSU, and recently completed her PhD in Community Nutrition under the direction of Professor Laura Bellows, department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, CSU. Prior to taking on the Outreach Coordinator role, Sarah was a CSU Ventures Student Ambassador.