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Biomedical + Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy

The Biomedical + Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy (BMEA) is the premier academic program for commercializing science and engineering innovations. It is a springboard for moving research out of the lab and into the world.

This three-day intensive program integrates lecture, exercises and individual projects to help participants learn to identify, design and validate market opportunities for their research.

Biomedicine. Biotechnology. Engineering. Innovation. Impact. Commercialization.

The 2017 academy is a collaboration co-sponsored by the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Department, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Research and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The School of Medicine is sponsoring this academy as a part of their FUTURE program, an NIH fund initiative aimed at facilitating career exploration for biomedical graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

The academy is taught by investors, entrepreneurs, university faculty and industry experts who serve as mentors and guest speakers. You’ll gain the knowledge and networks needed to develop the commercial potential of your research or idea.

The academy includes:

  • A three-day intensive on exploring the market opportunities surrounding your ideas and your research;
  • Daily seminars and interactive sessions taught by leading industry executives, investors, and entrepreneurs;
  • The tools to communicate the broader potential of your research and develop a presentation pitch about your idea;
  • Mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors in the biomedical engineering arena;
  • The opportunity to develop a network of professionals in the biomedical and bioengineering fields who can help mentor and connect you as you move forward with your career or new venture.

 APPLY NOW: Click here for our application.

Questions? Contact Niki Peterson.

Program Agenda

2016 Keynote Speaker

Chris Yu – CEO, Anpac Bio

2016 Featured Speakers

Lorin Johnson – Founder, Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Sylvaine Cases – Head External Science and Partnering, US West, Sanofi

Andrew Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Cleveland Justis – Executive Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Laura Simon Treml – Senior Director, R&D Immunotherapeutics, Aratana Therapeutics Inc.

Mike Ward – Partner, Morrison and Foerster

Roger Werne – Deputy Director of Industrial Partnerships, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Speakers are added as they are confirmed.

How to Apply

The academy is open to applicants with any affiliation (university or otherwise). This particular academy is targeted at upper-division undergrads, graduate students (master’s and doctoral), postdocs and faculty in science and engineering, but the concepts and exercises may be broadly applied to any entrepreneurial venture. Priority enrollment is given to UC-affiliated participants sponsored by the School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Engineering. Click here to apply for our 2017 academy.

To obtain maximum benefit from the program curriculum, participants are encouraged to attend all three full days of the academy.

To apply, fill out the application form. The program manager will notify you of your acceptance to the program and send along payment information.

Registration Fees

$0: Participants nominated by our partner sponsors.
$500: In-state university/college students and faculty.
$1,000: Out-of-state university/college students and faculty.
$1,500: Participants with no university affiliation.

Registration fee includes course, materials and dining. Payment due upon acceptance to the program. Registration fee does NOT include lodging, transportation or parking fees, which are the responsibility of the participant.

Fellowship Aid
Keller Pathway Fellowship

Through the generous support of Barry and Lynda Keller, we have recently launched the Keller Pathways Fellowship Program. Selected fellows attend the academy free of charge as the first step in a year-long affiliation with our institute. Read more >

If you are affiliated with UC Davis and wish to be considered for a fellowship, please indicate “Yes” where indicated on the application form.

Location, Dates & Travel Information

The 2016 academy was held Monday-Wednesday, July 11-13, 2016 at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center on the UC Davis main campus.

Coffee/tea, lunch and dinner are provided daily. Lodging, transportation and parking fees are the responsibility of the participant.

We recommend the following nearby hotels:

Call for Mentors

An integral part of the academy experience is the opportunity for participants to engage with industry professionals over two evenings. If you are interested in serving as a mentor for academy participants during one or both mentoring sessions, please sign up below:

Apply to mentor >

Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy

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