Academic Entrepreneurship

A blog on practical guidance for the budding physician scientist.

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Understanding the Promotion Process

By Nalaka Gooneratne, MD, MSc and Bryan A. Wolf, MD, PhD

Academic faculty with an interest in entrepreneurship are required to successfully navigate a university promotion process in order to retain their position.  This additional layer of complexity can appear daunting, but if managed properly, can be much less stressful. 

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How pet dogs can expedite the translation of life-science therapeutics from bench to bedside

By Alexander Morrison, Nicola Mason BVetMed PhD, and Yvonne Paterson PhD

The process of developing a new therapeutic is long, expensive, and risky. One option to efficiently and relatively inexpensively improve investor and investigator confidence in a pre-clinical therapeutic is to perform clinical trials in outbred dogs.

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Collaboration between Academics and Companies

By Joy Sun and Flaura Koplin Winston, MD PhD

An academic partnership with a commercial entity, when done correctly, can be mutually beneficial and benefit society by bringing excellent science to market at scale.  This article’s intention is to give helpful tips to academics seeking partnerships or collaborations with corporations.

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A Proven Method to Invent Medical Devices: “Need Specification”

By Diane Dao and Jake Brenner, MD, PhD

We teach doctors how to think clinically about treating our patients. Why can’t we also teach doctors how to critically think about invention?

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