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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.

Courses and workshops are led by Sadhana M. Chitale, PhD, MBA, senior director, life sciences and technology transfer, Technology Opportunities and Ventures, 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—Foundations of Biomedical Startups

Great ideas have little impact if you keep them to yourself, but taking them to the next level can be daunting. Our Biomedical Entrepreneurship Program is here to help. The Foundations of Biomedical Startups course teaches you how to take novel ideas and turn them into marketable drugs, devices, and digital health solutions. Participants will have a chance to learn from, and interact with, leaders in relevant fields and start building a support system to help along the way.

All members of the NYU Langone and NYU community are invited to join. Register now.

Course Details

Location: Coles 109. This course is not being offered virtually.
Course Director: Dr. Sadhana Chitale
Prerequisites: None
Credits Allocated: 3 credits
Dates and Time: Wednesdays, 5:00 to 7:00PM, September 7, 2022 to December 14, 2022

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, 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, and globalization, among others.

Requirements and Deliverables

Performance is assessed and taken into consideration in acceptance decisions for follow-on courses in the Biomedical Entrepreneurship Program. We have recruited a roster of very experienced speakers and hope that all participants will respect the speakers’ time by being engaged and actively participating in the discussions.


Student grades will be based on the following criteria:

  • class participation: 80 percent
  • homework assignments: 20 percent elevator pitch

This course is graded in a pass/fail format.

Course Books

Participants will be given hard copies of the following books on the first day of class:

Research to Revenue: A Practical Guide to University Start-Ups by Don Rose and Cam Patterson

The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup by Noam Wasserman

Fall 2022 Course Schedule

All classes are held from 5:00PM to 7:00PM unless otherwise noted. Attendance sheets are used to record attendance.

Week Date Topics Guest Lecturers
1 Wednesday, September 7 General introduction class and entrepreneurs panel Moderator: Douglas Brawley, PhD
Panelists: Sid Angle, PhD
2 Wednesday, September 14 Protecting and licensing IP: How to work with the technology transfer office Abram Goldfinger
3 Wednesday, September 21 Evaluating the market opportunity Danielle Lewis, PhD
Steven Smith
4 Wednesday, October 12 Commercializing medical devices Craig VoellMicke
5 Wednesday, October 19 “From Clinical Practice to CEO of a Biotech Public Company: Lessons Learned Along the Way” (Francois Nader)
Entrepreneurial strategy
(Deepak Hegde)
Francois Nader, MD
Deepak Hegde
6 Wednesday, October 26 The healthcare/life sciences industry—an overview Ed Saltzman
7 Wednesday, November 2 The process for bringing a therapeutic to market (technical, clinical, and business aspects) Nadim Shohdy, PhD
Stevin Zorn, PhD
8 Wednesday, November 9 Commercializing digital health technologies Hassan Naqvi, PhD
9 Wednesday, November 16 Critical legal issues every startup must know
Building the team
Joseph Ferino
Michal Gilon-Yanai
10 Wednesday, November 30 Budgeting in a startup Loren Busby
11 Wednesday, December 7 Understanding valuation/dilution Loren Busby
12 Wednesday, December 14 Elevator pitch by students
Panel discussion: Being an entrepreneur
Panel discussion: Other opportunities in health tech commercialization
Moderator: Frank Rimalovski
Panelists: Matt Mulvey, PhD
David Rooklin, PhD

See the Fall 2022 course syllabus for more details.