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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 2019 academy is a collaboration co-sponsored by the UC Davis Office of Research, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The School of Medicine sponsored the 2018 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.

2019 Academy Schedule

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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.

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

Please click here to apply to the academy >

Location, Dates and Travel Information

The 2019 academy will take place Monday–Wednesday, July 15–17, 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.

Apply to be a mentor >

2019 featured speaker: benjamin wang

Innovation in the New Normal: Today’s Challenges, Today’s Solutions

Ben WangBenjamin Wang, M.D., is the founder and chief medical officer of NeVap Inc., a medical device startup dedicated to bringing innovative devices that improve patient outcomes and reduce costs to market. Wang won the 2014 UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition. He generously shares his insights and advice with early-stage and aspiring entrepreneurs: “If you think differently, feel differently than the path that has been laid out for you—then take that other path and create real change.” 

2019 ACADEMY Speakers

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

Jesper D. NordengaardJesper Nordengaard – General Manager and Vice President, Hill’s USA

Vicky LeeVicky Lee – Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US), Co-Chair, Global Technology Sector

Tom CampiTom Campi – Head of Research and Regulatory Affairs, Huvepharma Inc.

Joe DiNunzioJoe DiNunzio – Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tim Brown Tim Brown – CEO, Evolve BioSystems Inc.

Ruby GillRuby Gill – Global Product Manager, Stryker

Brent WeyersBrent Weyers – Ph.D. Graduate Student Researcher, UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering

Maelene WongMaelene Wong – CEO and Co-Founder, ViVita Technologies

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