Meet the Aspire Team
Dr. Ian N. Askill, Ph.D. Founder, President, Chairman Board of Directors
Dr. Askill has been developing biomaterials and medical devices for over 40 years. His innovations and leadership have been responsible for the development and commercialization of medical devices generating millions of dollars for client companies. Dr. Askill has a proven track record of innovation across the medical spectrum. He is the author of 25 issued US patents, covering a range of technologies including wound care, infection control, esophageal testing, and device sterilization.
During his career, Dr. Askill has developed a reputation for providing leadership in medical device development. He has been responsible for evaluating emerging technologies and guiding new device development for many employers and clients, including Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Askill has held officer-level positions for several start-up companies, culminating in his founding of Aspire Biotech, Inc.
Dr. Askill has been active in the local science/business community, including the Science Advisory Board of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; the Advisory Board of the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization (EPIIC); the Citizens Advisory Group of the Electric Integrated Resource Plan for the local utility; Board of the South Eastern Colorado Renewable Energy Society. Dr. Askill is a strong advocate for educational advancements in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and enjoys mentoring young entrepreneurs.
Phuong (Fern), Quality Assurance Manager
Phuong joined the Aspire Biotech team in 2018. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology. She has worked as a Quality & Research Lab Specialist for more than ten years performing various analytical testing methods for product’s conformance and ensuring product’s quality for release. Phuong’s understanding of the both laboratory and QA environments make her a key team member. At Aspire Biotech, Inc., Phuong is responsible for managing the Quality System and ensuring activities are performed in accordance with our Quality Policy which states, “Continually striving to provide superior services from R&D through manufacture that meet or exceed client expectations and industry quality standards.”
Susan, Quality Assurance Advisor
Susan has over 28 years of experience in contract analytical chemistry and research and development laboratories. Her experience ranges from analytical method development to Quality Systems development. She has developed Quality Systems for compliance to US EPA and US FDA regulations. Prior to joining Aspire Biotech, Inc., she served seven years as Laboratory Director at Colorado Analytical Research and Development Corporation. Through her experience in the laboratory and her experience in industries under GLP and GMP regulations, Susan has an advisory role in ensuring that Aspire Biotech, Inc. performs their activities in accordance with Quality Policy.
Candi, Chief Financial Officer
Candi has been with Aspire Biotech since August of 2003. She is currently the company’s Senior Administrator responsible for accounting, administrative, financial, purchasing, and shipping activities. She also serves as the corporation’s Secretary/Treasurer.
She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. Candi has work experience with large and small companies in various capacities. She has done volunteer work throughout the community with her local school district, church, and other organizations.
Barb, Head of Laboratory Sciences
Barb started with Aspire Biotech in 2011. She is involved with manufacturing, formulation, release testing and contract testing at Aspire. She conducts GC testing, HPLC testing, moisture, set time and titrations. She works closely with customers on method development, method verification and formal reporting.
Lori, Scientific Operations Manager
Lori holds a Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry. She began research with polymers during graduate school as a NASA Graduate Research Fellow at NASA Langley, Virginia, earning her degree from Old Dominion University in 1996. Her work experience has given her exposure across many industries from working in the mechanical heart valve industry to R&D at one of the worldwide leaders in genotyping. Lori has been with Aspire Biotech since 2009. She is closely involved with all aspects of scheduling, formulating, testing, manufacturing and data reporting. Lori also coordinates all stability studies at Aspire Biotech.
Nick, Operations Support Technician
Nick joined our team in 2014. Nick's extensive experience in mechanical refurbishment has made him an invaluable asset in equipment maintenance at Aspire. Nick is intricately involved with manufacturing and formulation. He also helps with analytical testing and provides many support functions of the lab. Nick is responsible for vapor polishing and any other project that we can throw at him. In his spare time, Nick enjoys rebuilding cars and frequently wins car shows.
Justin, Laboratory Technician
Justin graduated from the University of Colorado where he studied Biochemistry and was involved with genetic engineering research. This was followed by a year in forensic toxicology, specializing in method validation. Justin joined Aspire in 2019. He is heavily involved in manufacturing and R&D in preparing formulations as well as performing chemical and mechanical characterization.