Ask the Expert: adVentures in Innovation

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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.

The series will take place on Zoom.

On October 10, 2022, Gene Dantsker, PhD, MBA, will discuss EvoNexus: The Incubator for Innovative Teams to Grow Successful Startups. 

Dr. Gene Dantsker

Dr. Gene Dantsker, president and chief operating officer of EvoNexus, has been involved with the company since its founding as selection committee member, mentor to numerous portfolio companies, executive-in-residence and most recently chief medtech officer. Gene is a seasoned entrepreneur, board member, advisor, operational executive and angel investor.

Prior to EvoNexus, Gene worked across the spectrum of technology solutions in semiconductor, IT, medical and biotech businesses. His career path brought together engineering, science, business and entrepreneurship.

Following graduate school, Gene was a senior technical staff member at TRW, Inc., Space and Electronics Division (now part of Northrop Grumman), where he was responsible for design, fabrication and integration of microelectronics for space/satellite applications. Subsequently he co-founded Nanostream, Inc., a biotechnology company and provider of high-throughput bio-analytical instruments to companies involved in drug discovery and development. As VP of Technology, he was co-inventor and developer of Nanostream’s core technologies based on polymer MEMS microfluidics and converted them into commercial products purchased by leading pharmaceutical companies.

Gene then served as CEO and CTO of aDNAvance Technologies, Inc., a provider of ultra-sensitive medical molecular diagnostic products, operating out of the US and Canada. Gene also served on the Board of Directors of D-Wave Systems, a pioneer in Quantum Computing, with leading Silicon Valley VCs. Gene subsequently headed business development for the US branch of Nitto Denko, a leading supplier of diversified polymer-film products for medical, electronic and optronic applications, based in Osaka, Japan.

Gene then joined Qualcomm Life as Sr. Director of Business Development & Licensing, where his responsibilities included enabling intelligent integrated care models through the Internet of Things (IoT) in the pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics and payer industries. In 2020, he helped sell the original Qualcomm Life business to Philips. Following the sale, Gene joined Amazon Web Services as Global Lead for Medical Devices. 

Gene holds BS degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Maryland, MA and PhD in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from San Diego State University. He is an inventor on over 60 issued patents.


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