Successful Entrepreneurship


The emergence of cellular and molecular medicine provides academic health centers with unparalleled opportunities to re-engineer health research and patient care through innovation. Implementing innovation typically requires entrepreneurship, and unique component skills that include management, team building, and risk acceptance.

UTMB, in partnership with other universities and subject matter experts, aims to train physicians, faculty, fellows, pre-doctoral students, medical students, postdoctoral scientists and staff in the skills and knowledge needed to enhance entrepreneurial thinking. These advanced courses are formally offered through UTMB’s Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine (HPTM) Training doctoral program, jointly administered through UTMB's Institute for Translational Science and the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. UTMB graduate studies may enroll in these courses for credit; other graduate students may enroll for inter-institutional credit if their campus participates in the  inter-institutional credit program.

Spring term 2016

Jan 29 – May 6, 2016
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Offered largely online and taught by UT McCombs School of Business and subject matter experts.

Course director: Stan Watowich, PhD (contact for additional information)


This course provides a detailed understanding of the steps to commercialize biomedical technologies and organize a successful startup business. For their capstone project, this course requires participants work through the process of forming a startup company to commercialize a biomedical product based on a new technology. Participants are expected to either have a new technology that they would like to commercialize or to work with their Technology Transfer Office to identify potential technologies. At the end of the course, each participant will deliver a business “pitch” to an Investor Panel and produce a Business Plan Executive Summary.