I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop

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The National Science Foundation, the United Negro College Fund, the Ernest E. Just Institute for the Life Sciences, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), CSU I-Corps, University of New Hampshire I-Corps, and MIT I-Corps have partnered to present the virtual Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop, August 3-14, 2020.

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As a result of BIO’s decision and travel restrictions nationwide, the BIO I-Corps teaching team has decided to cancel the in-person June workshop in San Diego.
Instead, we will offer the BIO 2020 I-Corps workshop online

August 3 – August 14, 2020.



The virtual workshop will be "stretched out" over a two-week period requiring 5 days of full-time commitment each week. The workshop will involve an active mix of webinars, teamwork, and homework. Half of the day will consist of interactions on Zoom (either webinars or teamwork) while the other half will consist of completing homework including team interaction and interviews with potential customers, experts and mentors.

Researchers on the east coast should reserve the afternoon hours (starting ~ 12 pm), researchers in the midwest and mountain regions will be working late morning (starting ~ 11 am), and researchers on the west coast and beyond should reserve morning hours (starting ~ 9 am).

The workshop will require active, hands-on teamwork and full commitment during all scheduled activities. This intense program will require a full day’s effort.

Participants will work with industry professionals to learn about biotechnology commercialization, grow professional networks, and explore entrepreneurial opportunities that build on basic research. All workshop participants will work in teams with industry professionals.I-Corps creates entrepreneurial experiences “with all the pressures and demands of the real world” - so expect a participatory, fast-paced, high-energy virtual workshop. There will be team-work, and participants will interview experts and potential customers.

View the informational webinar

Presented by Dr. Chad Womack (Senior Director of STEM Programs and Initiatives at United Negro College Fund) and Dr. Stanley Maloy (Associate Vice President, Research & Innovation, San Diego State University)
Please note the webinar is pre-COVID-19.  


The workshop is open to U.S.-based, early-career researchers from groups underrepresented in biotechnology research organizations. Researchers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, and minority-serving institutions in U.S. states and territories are especially encouraged to apply. Research-active assistant professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to participate. 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, thoughtfully-crafted application, the applicants' research background, lack of previous technology transfer training, and a desire to learn about biotechnology commercialization. Selection decisions will be communicated by email to addresses supplied by applicants in this application. 

BIO 2020 I-Corps Workshops applicants do NOT need previous commercialization experience, a developed venture concept, or any intellectual property in hand. The workshop is designed for curious researchers and nascent academic entrepreneurs from universities nationwide and will be based on case studies supplied by the organizers, not the participants' research-based ideas.


If you have questions about the workshop, contact Stanley Maloy (smaloy@sdsu.edu) or csuperb@sdsu.edu.

2021 Workshop

BIO 2021, the BIO International Convention, will take place in June 2021 in the United States....Date and place have yet to be confirmed.

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