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Innovation, Collaboration & Commercialization Seminars

Spring 2016

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

BUSINESS INNOVATION for SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURSHIP (HPTM 6307)

(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; watowich@xray.utmb.edu)

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; watowich@xray.utmb.edu)