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Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation • Managing Director, Venture Partners at CU Boulder

Bryn is Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation and Managing Director of Venture Partners at CU Boulder. Together with his team, he works with university researchers and the extended innovation ecosystem to commercialize innovations created at CU. Bryn oversees all Venture Partners functions, including entrepreneurship training and mentorship, the I-Corps Hub, Ascent deep tech accelerator, the Lab Venture Challenge and other founder funding opportunities, intellectual property management, licensing, and strategic partnerships. Venture Partners directly supports larger campus goals of innovation, positive societal impact, and faculty and student development. 

Within the larger Colorado community, Bryn serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Buff Venture Fund, the board of the Colorado Bioscience Association, and the Boulder Subcommittee of the Innosphere Ventures board.

Bryn has been with the University of Colorado since 2009 and prior to that was with the industry liaison office at the University of British Columbia. He began his career in research innovation in the private sector, where he managed disease genetics and pharmacogenetics research at a leading pharmaceutical company. He holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Victoria, a master's in biotechnology from the University of Toronto, and a second master’s degree in counseling psychology.