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 2018 academy is a collaboration co-sponsored by the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, College of Engineering, Office of Research, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine 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 is 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 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.
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How to Apply
The academy is open to applicants with any affiliation (university or otherwise). It is primarily designed for upper-division undergrads, graduate students (master’s and doctoral), postdocs and faculty in science and engineering; however, the concepts and exercises may be broadly applied to any entrepreneurial venture. To obtain maximum benefit from the program curriculum, we encourage participants 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.
Priority enrollment is given to UC-affiliated participants sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences, College of Engineering, Office of Research, School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine.
No cost: Participants nominated by our partner sponsors.
$250: In-state 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.
Location, Dates and Travel Information
The 2018 academy will take place Tuesday–Thursday, June 26–28, 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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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.
2018 Keynote Speaker
H. Michael Shepard – Chief Scientific Officer, Biologics21.NET
Drug Discovery, Herceptin and Money
2018 Featured Speakers
Note: We are updating this page with additional speakers as they are confirmed.
Andrew Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Vicky Lee – Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US), Co-Chair, Global Technology Sector
Zane Starkewolfe – Associate Director, New Venture Resources, UC Davis Venture Catalyst
Mansour Bassiri – Founder, President & CEO, Bioxiness Pharmaceuticals
Tom Campi – Head of Research and Regulatory Affairs, Huvepharma Inc.
Deborah Neff– CEO, Evanostics and Principal, DJN Consulting
Benjamin Wang – Founder/Chief Medical Officer, Nevap Inc.
William Tucker – Executive Director, Innovative Access
Tim Keller - Executive Director, Inventopia
Judy Kjelstrom – Academic Coordinator, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
[Roger Werne – Deputy Director of Industrial Partnerships, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jay Parrish - Chief Business Officer, Vir Biotechnology, Inc.
Liz Tang - Director, UC Student Start-up Center
Robin Stears - Intellectual Property Officer, UC Davis
Dushyant Pathak – Executive Director, UC Davis Venture Catalyst
Heather Shapiro – Head of Data Science, Pear Therapeutics