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Biomedical + Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy

The Biomedical + Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy 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 was a collaboration co-sponsored by the UC Davis College of Engineering, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Research and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The School of Medicine sponsored 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 was taught by investors, entrepreneurs, university faculty and industry experts who serve as mentors and guest speakers. Participants gained the knowledge and networks needed to develop the commercial potential of your research or idea.

The academy included:

  • 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.

Academy Agenda

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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. 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 (applications now closed). The program manager will notify you of your acceptance to the program and send along payment information.

Priority enrollment is given to UC-affiliated participants sponsored by the School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Engineering or Office of Research.

Registration Fees

No cost: 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 launched the Keller Pathways Fellowship Program in 2014. 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 and Travel Information

The 2017 academy took take place Monday–Wednesday, July 10–12, 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:

Please check back for information on our 2018 academy.

2017 Keynote Speaker

2017 Featured Speakers

Heidi JannengaHeidi Jannenga – Co-Founder/President, WebPT

Thomas W. CampiThomas W. Campi – Head of Regulatory Affairs, Huvepharma; Managing Partner, Promise Veterinary Consultants

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

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

Zane StarkewolfeZane Starkewolfe – Associate Director – Venture Catalyst – New Venture Resources, UC Davis

Raj Gururajan Raj Gururajan – Intellectual Property Officer, Innovation Access, UC Davis

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

Imran KhanImran Khan – Associate Director of Clinical Proteomics Core, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UC Davis

Marjannie AkintundeMarjannie Akintunde – Senior Career Adviser, Internship and Career Center, UC Davis

Stuart FeiginStuart Feigin – Co-Founder, Chairman and Principal, NorthStar Investors

Ashwin GokhaleAshwin Gokhale – Partner, WilmerHale

Leigh ThompsonLeigh Thompson – Senior Technology Scout, Dow Chemical Co.

Jay ParishJay Parrish – Venture Partner, ARCH Venture Partners

Brandon AntinBrandon Antin – VP of Social Responsibility & Innovation, VCA Inc.

Jim KovachJim Kovach – SVP, Business Development, CrowdOptic 


Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy

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