Scott Fulbright

Scott is a PhD candidate in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program at Colorado State University. He is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Program Fellow researching strategies to optimize algae productivity for biofuels and bioproducts using molecular biology methods. Scott is a scholar in the NSF-Integrative Education Research Traineeship program in Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Bioenergy where he is gaining a broad understanding of the economic, political and environmental challenges facing the energy industry. Throughout his graduate research program he has collaborated on algae cultivation projects with Solix Biosystems, a Fort Collins-based biotechnology company. In 2010, Scott traveled to Qingdao, China where he led research collaborations among CSU, Solix Biosystems and the Qingdao Institute of Bioprocess and Biotechnology supported by a NSF-International Research in Engineering and Education fellowship. Beyond his own research, Scott has mentored numerous students, including a high school student who won the Intel Science Talent Search. Prior to graduate school, he was the laboratory manager at a venture capital funded algae biofuel company in Texas. His interest in biotechnology emerged from experiences as an undergraduate research assistant while attending Michigan State University and the University of Melbourne, whereas his curiosity for marine biology originated while teaching sailing at summer camps on both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Outside of work, Scott enjoys participating in sports, fishing, reading, and traveling with his wife.

Steve Albers

Steve is currently a 5th year Ph.D. Candidate at Colorado State University in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program.  His research focuses on engineering algae to produce valuable commercial products.  Currently, Steve is engineering a strain of algae that is capable of producing a bio-fuel molecule that resembles diesel fuel.  He is also engineering a strain of algae that makes Astaxanthin, a molecule capable of protecting cells from dangerous toxins. During his time at CSU, Steve has had the opportunity to be an NSF IGERT Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Bio-energy Program and also has been awarded a USDA AFRI scholarship that allows him to perform cutting edge science outreach to high school science students. 

While working on his Ph.D., Steve joined the technology transfer office for CSU, CSU Ventures.  As a licensing assistant, he has gained an intimate understanding of the skills required to manage academic innovations generated by faculty, staff, and students at CSU. With feet planted in both the academic and tech transfer worlds, he has had the chance to manage incoming technologies in a way best suited for success for all stakeholders.   Steve has also had the opportunity to help develop the CSU Ventures Ambassador Program, a program that helps CSU graduate students understand technology transfer and the skills required to become a tech transfer professional. 

The synthesis of these skill sets and experiences has allowed Steve to approach complex and difficult endeavors with strategies built for success.   Steve is committed to use his technical backgrounds in science and tech transfer to increase success for technology heavy projects and companies.  In his free time, Steve spends time with his family and is an avid automobile nut, rebuilding cars and eternally searching for the next classic.

Jeff Zdunek

Jeff received his Masters in Botany from Colorado State University in 2010. His research at Colorado State University focused on engineering synthetic molecular systems in the model organism Arabidopsis.   Prior to graduate school, Jeff worked as a researcher at National Jewish Medical Center in Denver studying the molecular response to cigarette smoke in mice and cell culture systems.   Jeff has also worked in molecular and microbiology laboratories in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries since receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Grinnell College in 2001. 

Jeff spent four years as a stay-at home-dad with his two daughters before joining Living Ink Technologies.  When he is not in lab, Jeff spends his time hanging out with his family, playing his banjo, rock climbing, fishing, and snowboarding. 

Advisory Board

Todd Headley is President of CSU Ventures, which is dedicated to commercializing technology and innovations developed at Colorado State University. He previously held roles in technology commercialization and business development at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Iowa State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to entering the university technology commercialization field, Todd spent 10 years working in the biopharmaceutical industry for Schering-Plough and Wyeth, primarily engaged in manufacturing and product development activities. He holds bachelor's degrees in both Microbiology and Environmental Science from South Dakota State University and an MBA from Iowa State University.

Larry Curran is Chief Development Officer of VION Holdings LLC. He Oversees marking, sales,  and acquisitions. Larry is instrumental in brand development and pre and post purchase strategies.  

Elise Lachowyn is a Partner at Think Outside Marketing where she develops strategic marketing solutions by providing comprehensive marketing plans, preparing in depth business analyses, and specializing in offering solutions to marketing and communications issues. She has held numerous positions within the toy industry, including Vice President of Marketing and Product Management.