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Biomedical + Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy

The Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy (BMEA) is the premiere 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 2015 academy is a collaboration co-sponsored by the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Department, College of Biological Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Research and the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The School of Medicine is sponsoring BMEA 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.


BMEA 2015 Schedule

How to Apply

The academy is open to upper-division undergrads, graduate students (master’s and doctoral), postdocs and faculty in science and engineering. It is open to applicants from any university, though priority enrollment is given to UC participants.

Priority enrollment is given to students, faculty and postdocs in the School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Engineering and College of Biological Sciences. 

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


Registration Fees

$0: Participants nominated by our partner sponsors.
$250: California university/college students and faculty.
$500: 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 >>

To be considered for a fellowship, please indicate “Yes” where indicated on the application form.

Location, Dates & Travel Information

The academy is 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.

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Featured Speakers

Andrew Hargadon, Faculty Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Cleveland Justis, Executive Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Dushyant PathakUC Davis Office of Research
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Zane Starkewolfe, UC Davis Office of Research, Venture Catalyst
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Annemarie Meike, Lawrence Livermore National Labs
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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:

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Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy

Innovator Article
Image of Entrepreneurship That Saves Lives

Entrepreneurship That Saves Lives
Biomedical Engineers Chart Lab-to-Market Path

by Marianne Skoczek

Biomedical engineer Julia Choi wants to move life-saving technologies out of the research lab and into the world. Toward that goal, she joined more than 40 fellow scientists and engineers from universities across the U.S. at the inaugural Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy at UC Davis last summer. Participants, ranging from professors to first-year graduate students, brought their research in fields from cancer to cardiovascular medicine to neurology—and a thirst to see their work have a real-world impact.

The week-long intensive academy, presented by the Graduate School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurship (now the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship), integrates lectures, exercises and team projects to teach the building blocks of entrepreneurship.

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