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Graduate School at University of Colorado Denver

The Graduate School at UC Denver

Director’s Letter

Fundamentals of Life Science Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Global social change, economic volatility, environmental challenges, and an evolving international knowledge-based economy require creative, innovative, entrepreneurial solutions. To that end, both developed and developing entrepreneurial economies need to encourage entrepreneurial activity. In part as a result of these efforts, global technology clusters, including bio-clusters, continue to grow.

Key components of the Colorado bio-cluster are our biomedical research universities and faculty and students who work there. In an effort to enhance an already robust Colorado life science ecosystem, we are offering students a Certificate Program in Bioinnovation and Entrepreneurship. The program is being offered to fill a gap in bioentrepreneurial education that presently exists in science graduate programs and life science professional schools and seeks to achieve three goals.

First, we are striving to provide the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for biomedical graduates to get a job in non-academic science related fields. While basic science is in most instances a entrance requirement for a career, an entrepreneurial mindset is a necessity for most knowledge based positions in industry.

Second, our goal is to provide those interested in academic science with an understanding of the technology commercialization roadmap and create an entrepreneurial mindset. While basic science research is critical, stakeholders are demanding that grantees demonstrate more impact and value from their work and acceleration and effectiveness of  technology transfer, translational research and filling the innovation pipeline.

Finally, the program is structured to help participants create their own companies in an effort to grow the Colorado economy and create jobs.

The University of Colorado Bard Center Certificate Program in Bioinnovation and Entrepreneurship includes education, networking and knowledge transfer and exchange programs to help students interested in biomedical innovation succeed and contribute to Colorado's global competetiveness.

Thank you for joining us.

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Dentistry and Engineering
University of Colorado Denver
Academic Office 1
12631 E 17th Ave, B205
Aurora, Colorado 80045

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