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 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.
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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.
No cost: Participants nominated by our partner sponsors.
$1,000: 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 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.
2019 featured speaker: benjamin wang
Innovation in the New Normal: Today’s Challenges, Today’s Solutions
Benjamin 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 Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jesper Nordengaard – General Manager and Vice President, Hill’s USA
Vicky Lee – Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US), Co-Chair, Global Technology Sector
Tom Campi – Head of Research and Regulatory Affairs, Huvepharma Inc.
Joe DiNunzio – Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Tim Brown – CEO, Evolve BioSystems Inc.
Ruby Gill – Global Product Manager, Stryker
Brent Weyers – Ph.D. Graduate Student Researcher, UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering
Maelene Wong – CEO and Co-Founder, ViVita Technologies