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Innovation, Collaboration & Commercialization Seminars

Spring 2016

(available through UTMB's CTSA Collaborative Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program)


(Online with UT Austin McCombs School of Business and UTMB) 

This course provides a detailed understanding of the steps required to commercialize technologies and develop a successful startup business.

  • Taught largely by MBA faculty from UT-Austin McCombs School of Business.
  • Open to UT or TMC faculty, students, fellows, & staff.
  • Certificate from McCombs School of Business awarded upon successful completion.
  • Students can obtain graduate credit by inter-campus registration through UTMB’s Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine (HPTM) Graduate Program
  • Class instruction and interactions occur online, thus removing distance barriers to participation.
  • Participants will come to understand the life-cycle of a startup company, including steps necessary to develop and launch successful new companies.
  • Each participant will learn to effectively communicate their venture by delivering an investor "pitch" and preparing a business plan executive summary.
  • Participants will develop an understanding of technology assessment, persuasion and marketing strategies, financing options, product development management, IP, commercialization strategies, business plans, and innovative and creative management approaches.
  • New tools, including leveraged social networks to analyze market opportunities, will be practiced to evaluate how to best position a new technology.
  • Practical steps and “do-it-yourself” issues necessary to set up, structure (e.g., business plans, operating agreements), and exit startups will be presented.

January 6 - February 26, 2016
More information about registration will be posted soon.
Course director: Stan Watowich (409-747-4749;

Bioventure Creation (HPTM 6211)

(Online course)

This practical course will provide the skills and resources to facilitate scientist-driven entrepreneurship in conceiving a new life science venture. This course is divided into core lecture and project components where the core lectures consist of a combination of interactive, problem-based “practicals” from the faculty and talks from visiting life science entrepreneurs and the project component is a hands-on experience where students will work in teams on their respective IP and develop business plans. Students and/or postdoctoral fellows must have taken at least 1 course on life science entrepreneurship or device development/intellectual property management prior to enrolling for this course. Students will be asked to fill in a questionnaire and provide a short paragraph justifying their enrollment into the course. Prerequisites: Instructor Approval; Intellectual property knowledge

February 29 – April 22, 2016
More information about registration will be posted soon.
Course director: Stan Watowich (409-747-4749;