The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

'Creating a Business' A Bootcamp for Science Entrepreneurs (registration deadline: April 20, 2016)

“Creating a business” is a week-long intensive workshop to provide doctoral students in the life sciences with a greater understanding of the regulatory and business milestones associated with business planning and entrepreneurship.  A primary goal of the workshop is to provide graduate students with meaningful training in key business principles to future application to biomedical careers.  The workshop is also designed to help graduate students understand how they can go from an idea to forming a company and selling a product.  Doctoral students in the life sciences can benefit from an understanding of how a research discovery can be commercialized. 

Students can register for 1 credit of PHSIO 596 (Individual Studies, Schedule #677185) during the Maymester to receive academic credit for this experience, and the STAP (Summer Tuition Assistance Program - through your home department) mechanism can be utilized for this purpose. 

Registration Deadline:  April 20, 2016

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The boot camp will run from Sunday, May 8 to Friday, May 13, 2016. Following an introductory session on Sunday, classes will run Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be some advance preparatory work for the boot camp. Classes will be supplemented with panel discussions and video presentations by entrepreneurs so students get to see ideas in action.  At the end of the week, student teams will be asked to begin working on analysis of an idea of their own.  Students will also have the option to receive continued mentoring at the conclusion of the 1 week course, and present their final idea to a panel of judges several months later to compete for a cash prize.  The target audience is doctoral students in life science departments at Penn State. Registration is required, on a first come basis, and advisors will be asked to verify that students will participate fully in all aspects of the 1 week course.

For more information, please contact Dana Coval-Dinant ( ). The workshop is associated with NIH T32 Training Program “Physiological Adaptations to Stress” directed by Dr. Donna Korzick ( ).

The bootcamp will be staffed by Penn State faculty and will feature the participation of several successful Penn State alumni who have been part of start-up companies. The Penn State faculty who will be involved include:

  • Dan Cahoy, Professor of Business Law, Dean's Faculty Fellow in Business Law
  • Shawn Clark, Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Director of Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Dennis Sheehan, The Virginia and Louis Benzak Professor of Finance, Faculty Director for MBA and EMBA Programs
  • Hari Sridhar, Associate Professor of Marketing, Frank and Mary Jean Smeal Research Fellow
  • Additional faculty/participants include: 
  • Robert Paulson, Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Co-founder of Nemean Pharma Corporation
  • Troy Ott, Professor of Reproductive Physiology
  • David Scubert, Chief Business Officer, Accelerator Corporation
  • Cissy Young, Executive Director, Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Ben Lawrence, VP of Sales and Marketing, KCF Technologies
  • Brad Swope, Senior Technology Licensing Officer, Office of Technology Management
  • Don McCandless, Director of the Ben Franklin TechCelerator@State College