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Biomedical Entrepreneurship Program Courses

The year-long Biomedical Entrepreneurship Program begins in the fall, with additional project-based learning opportunities offered in the spring. We lead complementary workshops throughout the year, including Opportunity Discovery and Innovation.

Courses and workshops are led by Sadhana Chitale, PhD, MBA, senior director, life sciences/technology transfer, NYU Technology Ventures and Partnerships, with guest faculty, investors, and entrepreneurs delivering lectures and leading case study discussions.

For more information, email Dr. Chitale at

Fall Course: Introduction to Biomedical Entrepreneurship

Through lectures and expert-led case study discussions, our fall course, Introduction to Biomedical Entrepreneurship, provides an overview of venture creation and development in the biomedical sphere, as well as the unique challenges and rewards they bring. Our presenters include faculty members, industry professionals, and experienced entrepreneurs and investors.

The next Introduction to Biomedical Entrepreneurship course starts on September 16, 2020.

Course Director: Sadhana Chitale
Location: Virtual Via Zoom
Dates: September 16 to December 16 (12 sessions, skipping Veteran’s Day, November 11, and the day before Thanksgiving, November 25). Classes are held on Wednesday afternoons from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.

Course Objective

This course provides an introduction to biomedical entrepreneurship with a special focus on the commercialization of academic discoveries and inventions and the entrepreneurial journey of scientist–entrepreneurs. Through a variety of reading materials, videos, exercises, lectures, and case studies presented by guest speakers, participants gain an understanding of the requirements for launching and building a new venture in the complex and highly regulated life sciences industry, and of the special challenges related to long timelines, reimbursement, globalization, and other factors.

Requirements and Deliverables

This course is currently not for credit and there are no prerequisites for participating. However, participants’ performance is assessed and taken into consideration in acceptance decisions for future courses in the biomedical entrepreneurship program. Please note that all classes are virtual.

We have recruited a roster of very experienced speakers and hope that all participants respect the speaker’s time by being engaged, leaving their videos on, and remaining present during the entire lecture. Learn more about virtual meeting etiquette.

Course Book

Participants will be given a hard copy of “Research to Revenue: A Practical Guide to University Start-Ups” by Don Rose and Cam Patterson.

Course Schedule

Week Day/Date/Time Topics
1 Wednesday, September 16, 5:00PM General introduction and entrepreneurs panel
2 Wednesday, September 23rd, 5:00PM The healthcare/life sciences industry—an overview
3 Wednesday, September 30th, 5:00PM The new startup – an organization in search of a valid, repeatable, scalable business model;
Evaluating the market opportunity
4 Wednesday, October 7, 5:00PM The Product – What should you develop to solve the customer problem and address the unmet need?
Is it feasible & patentable?

The Team, and other resources needed to build a product and develop a valid, sustainable business model–How will you get this done?
5 Wednesday, October 14th, 5:00PM Entrepreneurial Strategy
6 Wednesday, October 21st, 5:00PM “The alphabet soup of agreements—What you need to know about the paperwork your institution requires when disclosing and commercializing your research.

Protecting and licensing IP – How to work with the technology transfer office.
7 Wednesday, October 28th, 5:00PM The process for bringing a therapeutic to market (technical, clinical and business aspects)
8 Wednesday, November 4th, 5:00PM The process for bringing a digital health product to market (technical, clinical and business aspects)

The process for bringing a medical device to market (technical, clinical and business aspects)
9 Wednesday, November 18th, 5:00PM Critical legal issues every startup must know
Sources of funding
10 Wednesday, December 2, 5:00PM Budgeting in a start up
11 Wednesday, December 9,
Understanding valuation and dilution
12 Wednesday, December 16,
Being an entrepreneur; Other opportunities in health tech commercialization (panel)