Name: Dipika Singh
Title: Senior Licensing Manager
Years at Venture Partners: 5
Q: Tell us a little about yourself!
A: I grew up in India and moved to the U.S. when I was 17. The culture shock was colossal at first, and so was switching from “zed” to “zee” and “-our” to “-or”. Imperial system of measurement also took a while to get used to. I spent a number of years in Nebraska getting my education at the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL). The adjustment and acceptance stages of the culture shock came quick as classmates turned into friends. I got my bachelor’s and master's in bioengineering from UNL, and then worked in a neuro-engineering lab at the Nebraska Medical Center post-graduation. Pursuing my MBA at the Leeds School of Business brought my family to Colorado, and we love it here! In my spare time I like to hang out with my pups, go hiking with my family and work on 1000+ micro-piece puzzles.
Q: What led you to this career and working at Venture Partners?
A: An internship at Venture Partners turned into a full-time job at the university. I will say my experience in technology transfer started out as an inventor developing technologies in the neuroscience area. I was so mesmerized with the commercialization of my own technologies that I decided to take up tech commercialization as a career.
Q: What is your role at Venture Partners? Tell us more about what you do.
A: I oversee the management and commercialization of our biosciences intellectual property portfolio. I also lead our proof-of-concept funding program called the Lab Venture Challenge. A typical work day for me includes strategy sessions with different stakeholders, email communication, agreement negotiations, events, networking, and most importantly, chit-chat with my wonderful colleagues.
Q: What is your favorite part about your job and what do you like most about working on the Venture Partners team?
A: My favorite part about my role at Venture Partners is connecting our innovations to appropriate resources both on and off campus, so that their full potential can be realized for real social and/or economic impact.
Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
A: It would be to make traffic disappear, so I can get places faster.