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Program Summary

Students in the program will gain an understanding of

  • The role of scientific discovery in the development of new therapies
  • The process of moving inventions from a university to a commercial entity and finally to the marketplace
  • The regulatory environment that impacts novel therapies
  • Investment in new discoveries, and the sources of capital needed to commercialize new treatments
  • The legal processes that govern biomedical invention and translation to commercialization

The program is ideal for postdoctoral researchers, Ph.D. students and clinician scientist scholars who

  • Aspire toward an academic career with a strong translational component
  • Seek to become entrepreneurs
  • Seek a career in a start-up company in the life sciences
  • Aspire towards a career in small to large pharma or biotech companies.

Or, for professionals in management, investment, regulatory affairs or law in the biotechnology industry with a strong background in the biomedical sciences and who wish to get a deeper understanding of the commercialization process and how it links to scientific discoveries.

A minimum of 14 units of graduate level course and field work is required for graduation. The program can be completed by part-time students in two years.


Learning Objectives

Students in the Translation and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Sciences graduate certificate program will:

  • Gain exposures to biotechnology and its specific applications.
  • Become familiar with approaches used in the academic research, biotechnology, and medical sciences industries in the US and internationally.
  • Gain an understanding of the science and technology underlying diseases and interventions, the role of biotechnology in developing new therapies, the regulatory framework that will impact the use of new interventions, entrepreneurial mindset and skills, and the private and public capital that will develop the growing biotechnology and biomedical markets.
  • Establish expertise in designing, initiating, planning, managing, and troubleshooting practical projects.
  • Acquire leadership skills and team work ethics.
  • Achieve proficiency in literature comprehension, critical thinking, oral and written communication in both formal and informal settings.
  • Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for job functions that ranges from discovery research to corporate communications. Graduates will have numerous options that are exciting, fulfilling, take full use of their scientific training, and provide opportunities to make invaluable contributions to the society in academia and in the industry.