The academy kicked off with an innovation exercise designed to promote new ideas and teamwork.Institute founder Andy Hargadon (left) and Michael Lairmore, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, welcome participants."The success of an idea relies on your commitment to reducing uncertainty." — Academy participant Kate Watson (left), DVM candidate class of 2016 Jim Linton, founder and CBO of Owl biomedical Inc., shared insights and experiences as the academy’s guest entrepreneur.Maelene Wong (left), CEO of ViVita Technologies, provides guidance and advice during a mentoring session. The ViVita team attended our 2012 academy — and swept the Big Bang! the following year.Mentor Tom Hinds, director of marketing for UC Davis: "The level of innovations was astounding: treatments and products that can change brain surgery, pediatric medicine, infection diagnosis and treatment, and more.""The SweetWater Health presentation made abundantly clear the amount of time, effort and dedication necessary to be successful." — Rachel Pollard, Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging, School of Veterinary MedicineLarry Udell (second from right), executive director of both California Invention Center and Intellectual Property International Ltd., was a valued mentor.A parting thought...Congratulations to the BMEA Class of 2014!
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Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy
A bootcamp for aspiring entrepreneurs

Forty-five UC Davis faculty, students and researchers participated in our Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy, July 9-11, 2014. The academy was jointly sponsored by the UC Davis School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering, Office of Research, and the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Through seminars and interactive workshops, mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors, and networking opportunities, participants learned the building blocks of entrepreneurship to move their advances out of the lab and into the world—where it can make a real different. Topics included technology commercialization, intellectual property, new business development and building a network to move ideas forward.

The academy opened new doors for participants.

“Learning about designing devices specifically for the market seems like a trivial concept, but researchers don’t always seek the advice of the market we are targeting,” explained one. “I learned to more efficiently design and proceed with research based on these suggestions.”

“The one-on-one time with the mentors was the best,” said another participant. “It was invaluable to get their honest take on my idea at such an early and critical stage.”

Mission accomplished: “This program allows us to step out of the purely research world and really learn to communicate our ideas to every type of audience so that we can potentially have a larger impact with those ideas.”