BIO 2018: I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop

 The National Science Foundation, University of New Hampshire I-Corps, Northeastern University, and VentureWell have partnered to offer a Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop during the Biotechnology International Conference (BIO 2018) in Boston, Massachusetts June 4-6, 2018.

The application deadline has passed and registration is closed.

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What

A 3-day I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop, including BIO International Convention exhibition access. Work on teams with industry mentors to learn about biotechnology commercialization, grow your professional network, and explore entrepreneurial opportunities that build on basic research.

Who

Early-career life science researchers from groups underrepresented in biotechnology research organizations. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and assistant professors from universities and colleges nationwide are eligible to participate.

Where

Boston, Massachusetts (Campus of Northeastern University and BIO International Convention)

When

June 4-6, 2018 (Monday – Wednesday)

Event Schedule

  • Sunday, June 3: Arrive in Boston
  • Monday, June 4: All-day training at Northeastern
  • Tuesday, June 5: Morning training, afternoon at BIO
  • Wednesday, June 6: Morning at BIO, debrief, done by 1 p.m.

Participant expenses, including travel, lodging, meals, and transportation will be covered by the program.

Objectives

  • Experience working in diverse teams to identify and solve problems
  • Understand evidence-based entrepreneurship as taught by NSF I-Corps nodes and sites nationwide
  • Apply evidence-based entrepreneurship concepts via customer discovery at the BIO 2018 exhibition
  • Learn how to maximize efficiency in learning and networking in a conference environment
  • Learn about life sciences commercialization

How to Apply

The application deadline has passed and registration is closed.

Contact

If you have questions about the workshop, contact Marc Sedam (marc.sedam@unh.edu) or call 919-923-5120.

Workshop Details

The 3-day I-Corps Bio-entrepreneurship workshop will start early Sunday morning, June 3, 2018, and last through early afternoon Wednesday, June 5, 2018.  The workshop will run in parallel to the Biotechnology International Convention (BIO 2018), one of the world’s largest gathering of biotechnology industry professionals. The workshop will consist of training sessions held at Northeastern University and practice on the BIO 2018 exhibition floor. Participants will work on teams with industry professionals to learn about biotechnology commercialization, grow professional networks, and explore entrepreneurial opportunities that build on basic research.

NSF describes I-Corps as “a set of activities and programs to prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of…basic-research projects.” The 2018 I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship workshop will embrace I-Corps’ principles of customer discovery. All participants will interview industry experts gathered in Boston at BIO 2018. All I-Corps courses create entrepreneurial experiences “with all the pressures and demands of the real world” – so expect a participatory, fast-paced, high-energy workshop that requires full-time teamwork!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program will provide funding to cover participants’ travel to and from Boston, as well as lodging and meals at Northeastern University – a short ride from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center where BIO 2018 will be held.

Application Details

The application deadline has passed and registration is closed.

Eligibility

The workshop is open to early-career life science researchers from groups underrepresented in biotechnology degree programs and research organizations. Assistant professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are eligible to participate. The workshop is open to curious researchers and nascent academic entrepreneurs from universities nationwide. We welcome and encourage applications from faculty and students in all disciplines related to the current practice of biotechnology, including but not limited to life sciences, physical sciences, clinical sciences, math, computer science, agricultural science, and engineering.

Selection Criteria

Participants will be selected by the organizers based on a complete online application received by the deadline, the applicants’ research background, lack of previous technology transfer training, and a desire to learn about biotechnology commercialization. Selection decisions will be made by mid-May so that workshop participants can make travel arrangements. Applicants will be notified of selection decisions via email.

Applicants do NOT need previous commercialization experience, a developed venture concept, or any intellectual property in hand. This workshop is designed specifically for curious researchers and nascent academic entrepreneurs. The workshop will be based on infectious disease-related problems supplied by the organizers, not ideas provided by the participants. This workshop will not be useful to researchers who already have started down a commercialization pathway (filed provisional patent application, licensed IP, received SBIR funding, etc.); we suggest they apply for courses offered by I-Corps Sites and Nodes nationwide instead.

If you have questions about the workshop or the application and selection process, contact Marc Sedam (marc.sedam@unh.edu) or call 919-923-5120.

Sponsors

The BIO 2018 I-Corps Bio-entrepreneurship workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1548011) with assistance from VentureWell.

Special thanks to San Diego State University and CSUPERB for the creation of the curricula used in this training.

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