Leeds School of Business

University of Colorado Boulder

Robert Bunting

Instructor • Cross Campus Entrepreneurship Certificate for Non-Business Students

Koelbel 380


Mr. Bunting is a scientist, businessman and serial entrepreneur. He helps bring new technology/science based products into practical commercial use. Applications include earth imaging, optical computing, biotechnology and medical devices and software, to name a few.

In the 80s, Mr. Bunting founded the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Corporate Membership Program and later co-founded the UCAR Foundation. These enterprises began the outreach program of the world renowned National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) with the goal of protecting and commercializing the Intellectual Property developed at NCAR and strategically aligning corporate members with emerging scientific issues including: climate warming, the ozone hole, supercomputing, terminal Doppler weather radar etc.

In the early 90s Mr. Bunting led the formation and management of Canada's space company, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), building the US enterprise from a cold start to about $80M in sales within five years, He introduced Orbital Sciences Corporation to MDA in 1995 and MDA was sold to OSC soon after.

Having been in the Business of Science, in 1995 he founded Waterstone which has been instrumental in the startup phases of companies like Digital Globe, (NYSE: DGI), Intermap Technologies, and Adam Aircraft. Waterstone has also assisted mature companies like Raytheon to reposition military technology for the civilian market.

Mr. Bunting recently concluded his role as CEO of Crystal Diagnostics Ltd, a mid-stage development company transitioning liquid crystals to the new era of bio-sensors. CDx is using the technology to rapidly detect microbes of interest in fluids.

Business Planning, Strategic Planning, Funding Strategies, Market Research, Board Service, Executive Management, Intellectual Property Management

Mr. Bunting is a bridge person who walks easily between Industry, Government and Academe.

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