Vivian K. Dullien, Ph.D.

Managing Partner, Life Sciences

Vivian K. Dullien, Ph.D. has over 25 years of experience bringing to market medical products, including diagnostics, devices, and pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Dullien is Principal Advisor to several commercialization programs through Los Angeles-based Larta Institute, including programs with NIH, NSF and the Malaysian National Biotechnology Policy Initiative.

Vivian helps start-up firms navigate the FDA; assists CEO’s in raising funds (grants; debt and equity; angel funding); and with corporate partnering and licensing.

Her other activities have included service as the Chairman of the NCAR-UCAR Foundation; teaching as an adjunct professor in the EPICS program at the Colorado School of Mines; and serving as Director of Technology Transfer for Health Sciences at the University of Colorado for over three years.

In 1991, Dr. Dullien invented a new diagnostic technique for detecting the onset of labor in pregnant women. She founded Biex, Inc., a venture capital-backed company. She was the initial CEO and later served as Vice President and on the Board of Directors. The company was funded with over $50 million, introduced a product nationwide, and grew to 126 people in size. It was sold in 2002.

Prior to Biex, Vivian had worked at Dullien Associates and established a contract research group. Her team specialized in turning around non-compliant clinical sites for companies ranging in size from start-ups to big pharmaceutical firms.

Vivian holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from Tufts Medical School and a B.A Cum Laude in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire.

Robert C. Dullien, MBA

Managing Partner, Technology Marketing

Robert (Rob) Dullien has over 30 years of experience in technology marketing. He specializes in matching market needs with new technologies. He works with CEO’s and their key managers to define product specifications, and create superior strategies for commercialization.

Rob founded Dullien Associates in 1986.

Rob has worked extensively with Larta Institute of Los Angeles and Frost & Sullivan, headquartered in New York. He has coached companies with NSF, USDA and DOE financial backing; and directed the preparation of multi-client Frost & Sullivan reports.

He has taught business strategy at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and in the EPICS program at the Colorado School of Mines.

Rob served for over ten years as CEO of a product company. He has substantial operating experience, including in product development, manufacturing, distribution, marketing and finance.

He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School; an M.Sc. from the University of California at Berkeley in Structural Engineering and a B.Sc. from Caltech in Engineering and Applied Science.