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Graduate School at University of Colorado Denver

The Graduate School at UC Denver

Bioinnovation and Entrepreneurship

The Graduate School offers a course in bioentrepreneurship in the Spring semester. This course is  designed for:

  1. Those interested in getting drugs, devices, diagnostics, healthcare IT products and scalable services platforms to market.
  2. Those interested in developing knowledge, skills and abilities in bioentrepreneurship to improve their employability in a non-­academic science career setting.

Program Description

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA, Director of the course in Bioinnovation and Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School, and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, will be offering IDPT 7301, “Building Biotechnologies: Fundamentals of Life Science Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship” in the Spring semester. The course is a hybrid course, i.e. mostly online with some face to face supplemented sessions, and is 15 weeks long. Students will be required to log on to a presentation each week by a domain expert and participate in online assignments, readings, project team assignments and discussions throughout the remainder of the week for each session.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding how life science inventions (drugs, devices and diagnostics) and discoveries are commercialized.
  2. Understanding the legal and regulatory environment of life science commercialization.
  3. Understanding the basics of how life science ventures are financed.
  4. Understanding how to determine whether a life science discovery or invention has commercial feasibility.
  5. Understanding the role, function, policies and procedures of the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office.

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I have been fortunate enough to participate in Dr. Meyer's course, Introduction to Bioentrepreneurship and this experience has changed my outlook on pharmaceutical science and bioscience as a whole. I am a third year graduate student in Pharmaceutical Science and looking to expand my knowledge base in bioentrepreneurship. This vast field is quickly emerging and it can only benefit one's career to learn the intricacies of this field. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in either starting their own biotech company or looking to have a career in the biotech field. The most important thing this course has offered is networking within the Colorado bioscience community. The second most important aspect of this course is "Real World" applications and the opportunity to intern at the companies represented. I am confident that I will obtain a job in the Bioscience industry and I wont have to leave the Denver area.

by Shelley Durazo

Research Associate
Taking these courses has been the best decision I've made. I cannot think of a better way to explore different future job opportunities, or to simply learn about something different and interesting, than taking these courses. Regardless of your specific background, I would highly recommend it to virtually anyone who is able to take 3 hours out of their week to attend it.

by Jake Chabon-Professional Research Associate

Very informative class, I'm glad I'm able to learn these important principles, lessons, and strategies from your class and book

by Michael, Student

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