Ask the Expert is a collaboration between the CCTSI, Venture Partners at CU Boulder, CSU Ventures and the NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) grant at CU Anschutz.


The new initiative is part of CCTSI's Innovation Ecosystem program. This lunchtime series is for researchers and academics who are interested in entrepreneurship, device and technology development and innovation. Every month, academics and innovators will engage in a lively and provocative interview with an expert, followed by a Q&A session. Experts are sourced from each campus and nationally, by the Ask the Expert committee.

On July 11, 2022, Cathy Bodine, PhD, CCC-SLP, Emily Klein, MBA and Sarah Hibbs-Shipp, PhD, will present "From Idea to Impact – Commercializing Your Deep Tech Inventions."


Cathy Bodine, PhD, CCC-SLP


Cathy Bodine, PhD, Coleman-Turner Endowed Chair in Cognitive Disability, Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Technologies, Professor, Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering, Design and Computing, University of Colorado (CU), with appointments in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics and Pediatrics, CU School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus. She directs the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE) with a focus on assistive, medical, and accessible mainstream technologies; interdisciplinary research and translational applications and design innovations.  She is Director, Innovation Ecosystem, Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus and is developing transdisciplinary educational programs in the Department of Bioengineering focused on inclusive technology, disability and aging.


Emily Klein, MBA


Emily is the Director for Venture Development within Venture Partners at CU Boulder. She oversees a comprehensive series of training programs for university researchers designed to help researchers to develop entrepreneurial and business skills while evolving their ventures from ideation to traction with investors, partners, and the market. 
Emily joins CU Boulder Venture Partners from her work catalyzing local startup investment with Rockies Venture Club.


Through RVC, one of the largest angel investing groups in the country, she managed education and community events, led the Women's Investor Network, and managed a venture capital fund investing in early-stage startups across industries. 
Prior to her work with Rockies Venture Club, she worked for a number of startups and small businesses in the tech and outdoor travel industries. She then completed her MBA with a focus on sustainability + impact investing, where she worked on a number of sustainable investing projects creating impact strategies in public and private markets. She also founded the school’s Women in Business group to promote women in sustainability leadership. Emily is a graduate of Brown University and University of Vermont Grossman School of Business. 


Sarah Hibbs-Shipp, PhD


Sarah initially joined CSUV as a Graduate Student Ambassador in the 2015 and 2016 cohorts.  Sarah officially joined our team in 2017 as an Outreach & Program Development Specialist, transitioning to Director of Outreach & Communications in 2019.  As Director of Outreach & Communications, Sarah was responsible for the development of on-campus educational initiatives and all communication efforts that support the mission of CSU Ventures – highlighting technology transfer initiatives and licensing successes from the CSU System and Colorado State University. Additionally, Sarah directed our CSU Ventures Ambassador Program, coordinated the State of Innovation Speaker Series, oversaw Demo Day, our annual innovation symposium, and facilitated engagement with the Front Range innovation ecosystem and our partners, including CU-Boulder Venture Partners, CU-Anschutz CCTSI Innovation Ecosystem, and the Innosphere.  In 2021, Sarah became the Managing Director, Organizational Communications for CSURF, expanding her work to the full organization.


After obtaining BA in Biology from Grinnell College, Sarah worked for 14 years with Stephens & Associates, Inc, a full-service contract research firm specializing in cosmetic safety and claim substantiation, Phase I-IV dermatology clinical trials, and medical device studies.  For many of those years, Sarah served as the Site Manager, responsible for overall program and individual project management, contract negotiations, clinical study design, business development, IRB and clinical trial regulations, internal and external communications, and reporting.  In 2010, Sarah left Stephens & Associates to pursue a graduate education at CSU, completing both an MS (research focus was the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, Extension) and a PhD (research focus was maternal and child health/chronic disease risk, and the Healthy Eating Index) in Nutrition Science from the Food Science & Human Nutrition Department in the College of Health & Human Sciences.

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