Ask the Expert: adVentures in Innovation


The CCTSI, in collaboration with Venture Partners at CU Boulder, CSU Ventures, Colorado State University, and the CU Anschutz NIH funded Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) grant is launching a new initiative as part of its Innovation Ecosystem program: Ask the Expert.

Ask the Expert is a lunchtime series aimed at biomedical researchers and academics who are interested in entrepreneurship, device and technology development and innovation. Each month, expert interviewers will engage in a lively and provocative interview with each expert, followed by a Q&A session.

The series will take place on Zoom.

The CCTSI is proud to present Bioengineering Distinguished Professor Robin Shandas on the topic: How to Succeed in Business and Academia on Monday, November 2, 2020.

Robin Shandas, PhD

Distinguished Professor and Founding Chair of Bioengineering, University of Colorado Denver

Professor Robin ShandasDr. Shandas has a long history of translating engineering ideas into successful clinical products and techniques. He pioneered the Echo PIV technique, an opaque flow velocimetry technique for measuring details of cardiovascular blood flow through high frame rate ultrasound imaging coupled with contrast backscatter.

In pediatric cardiology, he helped develop the idea that the large pulmonary arteries play a key role in maintaining right-ventricular pumping action (the RV-PA dual-ventricle) during pulmonary hypertension. In pediatric cardiac surgery, he co-developed novel methods to assist the failing Fontan.

Over the last 10 years, he co-founded 8 companies in a variety of medtech areas including new shape memory polymers for cardiovascular and ophthalmic applications (EndoShape, ShapeTech, Shape Ophthalmics), Echo PIV for hemodynamic vascular profiling (Illumasonix), new surgical bed for hip arthroscopy (MITA), and new techniques to quantify esophageal inflammation (EnteroTrack).  Many of these companies have products in the clinic; one (MITA) was recently acquired by Stryker.  He is actively involved in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, medical fellows, and junior faculty.  Many of his trainees are now in leadership positions in academia, industry or research. Dr. Shandas founded the first bioengineering department in Colorado and established the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in bioengineering.

Ask the Expert is a collaboration with Venture Partners at CU Boulder, CSU Ventures and NIH REACH at CU Anschutz.

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Cathy Bodine, PhD
Innovation Ecosystem Core
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