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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 2018 academy was 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 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.

Academy Agenda

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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 College of Biological Sciences, College of Engineering, Office of Research, School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine.

Please check back to apply to the 2019 academy.

Registration Fees

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 2019 academy will take place Tuesday–Thursday, July 30–August 1, 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.

Apply to be a mentor >

2018 Featured Speaker

Mike ShephardH. Michael Shepard – Chief Scientific Officer, Biologics21.NET

 Drug Discovery, Herceptin and Money

This event is generously sponsored by Anpac Bio.



2018 Featured Speakers

Note: We will update this page with 2019 speakers as they are confirmed. Please check back.

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


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

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

 Mansour BassiriMansour Bassiri – Founder, President & CEO, Bioxiness Pharmaceuticals

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

Debra NeffDeborah Neff– CEO, Evanostics and Principal, DJN Consulting

Ben WangBenjamin Wang – Founder/Chief Medical Officer, Nevap Inc.

Bill TuckerWilliam Tucker – Executive Director, Innovative Access

Tim KellerTim Keller - Executive Director, Inventopia

Judy KjelstromJudy Kjelstrom – Academic Coordinator, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

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

Jay Parrish Jay Parrish - Chief Business Officer, Vir Biotechnology, Inc.

Liz TangLiz Tang - Director, UC Student Start-up Center

Robin StearsRobin Stears - Intellectual Property Officer, UC Davis

Dushyant PathakDushyant Pathak – Executive Director, UC Davis Venture Catalyst

Heather ShapiroHeather Shapiro – Head of Data Science, Pear Therapeutics

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