It is with mixed emotions that CSURF announces the departure of Todd Headley, Vice President of Technology Transfer.  Todd’s contributions and impact at CSURF and Colorado State University have been significant and defining.

Nearly 15 years ago, Todd took over responsibilities for an ambitious endeavor to grow the intellectual property management and startup venture creation efforts on behalf of Colorado State University as President of CSU Ventures.  Since then, he has built a strong platform and assembled a highly talented & experienced team of professionals to grow the national reputation of Colorado State University in the technology transfer space. Todd enjoys a broad reputation for creating a congenial, collaborative, and productive relationships across the CSU campus and beyond.

Todd Headley


It is certainly bittersweet to leave a place that has been such a big part of my life for nearly 15 years – importantly so many wonderful friendships forged with current and former colleagues. Having said that, I am very excited to begin my new challenge.


Todd Headley

CSU’s Vice President for Research, Alan Rudolph, shares how Todd’s leadership efforts have promoted technologies at CSU, “Todd has made great impacts to CSU’s technology transfer efforts.  His leadership helped shepherd many faculty entrepreneurs and their innovations toward greater impacts.  He has helped position CSU discoveries to record numbers over the last years and his impacts will be felt for years to come as we move those impacts to scale”.  During Todd’s tenure, CSURF’s technology transfer portfolio has blossomed.

CSURF maintains an active portfolio of over 760 inventions, over 800 patents, more than 300 licenses and has supported over 56 CSU-affiliated startups to date.  The upward trend in unique inventors and corresponding growth in invention disclosures contributed to CSU’s recognition as one the world’s top 100 academic institutions for US utility patents in 2019.  During this time, the technology transfer office has engaged in several educational initiatives and outreach activities, including the Ambassador Program, and the LAUNCHPAD program and corresponding FUEL grant, which directly support economic goals for the State of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade Advanced Industries Accelerator Program.

Todd has built successful and engaged relationships with the Colorado BioScience Association, the Rockies Venture Club, Innosphere Ventures (our northern Colorado Accelerator/Incubator) and developed close working relationships with key technology transfer leaders across the State of Colorado and the nation.  These relationships and partnerships have fostered a rich and supportive innovation ecosystem for all stakeholders along the Front Range.

We hope you will join us in expressing our collective gratitude for Todd’s many contributions to CSURF and CSU.  We wish him great success and happiness as he prepares to embark on the next phase of his professional career.

Over the next three months, CSURF will embark on a national search to fill the Vice President, Technology Transfer position and, in the interim, Ajay Menon will oversee the operations of the technology transfer operations for CSURF.


During this interim phase, please direct questions as follows:

Questions regarding commercializing technologies or CSURF’s technology transfer process -any of our Licensing Directors: (Life Sciences), (Physical Sciences), or (Agricultural Sciences)

Questions regarding a startup practice or services provided to startups:

Questions about communications, media or press-releases, engagement opportunities/programming, or Demo Day: