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.

Shenda Baker, PhD

Monday, November 8, 2021
Noon to 1:00 pm

Shenda Baker, PhDOn November 8, 2021, at noon, Shenda Baker, PhD will present “Adventures in academia, science and government.”

Dr. Shenda Baker is an experienced entrepreneur and scientist in biopolymer interfaces, macromolecular and surface chemistry and nanostructured materials. Dr. Baker is the co-Founder, President and CEO of Synedgen, a company using glycopolymers to control infection, regeneration and inflammation at mucosal surfaces. Dr. Baker previously served as CEO for Synspira, bringing the first Synedgen licensed technology into clinical trials for inhaled treatment for patients with cystic fibrosis. Dr. Baker was a professor of Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College from 1991-2014 with a research focus on polymer nanostructures and self-assembly at liquid and solid interfaces. 

Dr. Baker is currently on the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society of Synedgen and of Synspira Therapeutics. She has served on advisory boards with the National Institutes of Health at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Science Foundation at the directorates of Maths and Physical Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, the Advisory Committee for CyberInfrastructure and at the Department of Energy. She is a co-inventor on all of the Synedgen technology.


Videos from previous sessions

Raymond Goodrich, PhD

Raymond Goodrich, PhDMy journey from academia to industry and back – lessons learned about innovation, pivots, startups, collaboration and funding

Jo Viney, PhD

Jo Viney, PhDSuccessful Biologics Innovation and Startup Company Formation – Building Teams, Women in Leadership and the Importance of Diversity for Success

Richard C. Duke, PhD

Richard C. Duke, PhDSuccessful Biologics Innovation and Startup Company Formation – Building Teams, Women in Leadership and the Importance of Diversity for Success

Ask the Expert Podcasts

Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Contact Us

Cathy Bodine, PhD
Innovation Ecosystem Core
303-315-1281