Boot Camp for Science Entrepreneurs

Students in a lecture hall

Welcome to our boot camp: The Business of Science

Registration ends July 8.

Register Here for Boot Camp

July 18 to 22, 2021

Have a discovery mindset? Considering nontraditional career options in the life sciences?  The “Business of Science” boot camp is a career opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the life sciences to obtain value added training in Entrepreneurship and Regulatory Affairs. This year, we will have a special focus on SBIR funding from NIH. Our unique, one-week boot camp experience will expand your business acumen and impact your career trajectory in preparation for emerging careers in science and biotechnology. We have assembled experts from both within and beyond Penn State, and look forward to an exciting week of didactic and experiential learning. See an idea come to life and learn the basics of marketing, business planning, and intellectual property. Learn from local faculty entrepreneurs, and get ready to make your own pitch before our very own panel of experts and judges. We are planning a combination of in-person and Zoom sessions (locations TBD). We will follow all COVID19 guidelines and prioritize safety following all PSU guidelines.

Please note that there is no fee for attending this boot camp, so your commitment to the entire week is required; otherwise, we will need to charge your home department. Registration is required, and limited to 25 participants on a first-come basis. Acceptance is conditional until approved by advisor. Please contact Donna Korzick ( or Melissa Bailey ( with any immediate questions. 

We hope to provide breakfast and lunch each day. Sessions will kick off on Sunday, July 18 (1 to 4 pm). Sessions will continue on July 19 – July 21 from ~8:30 to 4:30 pm each day, with the exception of Thursday July 22 when we will conclude the boot camp at about 1 pm. Student teams will develop an idea throughout the week, and the best idea pitch will be rewarded with fun prizes. Classes will consist of lectures, case studies, and breakout sessions, and supplemented with panel discussions and video presentations by entrepreneurs so students get to see ideas in action. The Business of Science Boot Camp is part of our the NIGMS Predoctoral Training Program “Physiological Adaptations to Stress."

Faculty who will be involved include:

  • Jeanette Miller, Director, Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIENT); Major Clinical Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship; Management & Organization Department
  • James Delattre, Director, Penn State Office of Entrepreneurship & Commercialization
  • Kelly Wylam, Director, Innovation Partnership, Ben Franklin Technology Partner 
  • Michael Zaydon, Penn State Smeal College of Business
  • Tom Sharbough, Professor of Practice, Penn State Law
  • Rachel Herder, Vice President of Intellectual Property and Associate General Counsel, Mammoth Biosciences
  • Ben Lawrence, Vice President, KCF Technologies
  • Steve Carpenter, Penn State Smeal College of Business
  • PSU Faculty Entrepreneurs:  Dan Hayes, Josh Lambert and Tony Schmidt