Collaborative Innovation & Entrepreneurial Courses

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 and UTHealth CTSAs in partnership with the UT-Austin McCombs School of Business aim to train physicians, faculty, fellows, pre-doctoral students, medical students, postdoctoral scientists and staff in the skills and knowledge needed to enhance entrepreneurial thinking. Two courses are offered as part of the Texas CTSA Collaborative Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program. Graduate students may enroll in these courses for inter-institutional credit.

Spring 2016

(Online with UT Austin McCombs School of Business and UTMB) 

This course provides a detailed understanding of the steps required to commercialize technologies and develop a successful startup business.

January 6 - February 26, 2016
More information about registration will be posted soon.
Course director: Stan Watowich (409-747-4749;

Bioventure Creation (HPTM 6211)
(Online course)

This practical course will provide the skills and resources to facilitate scientist-driven entrepreneurship in conceiving a new life science venture. This course is divided into core lecture and project components where the core lectures consist of a combination of interactive, problem-based “practicals” from the faculty and talks from visiting life science entrepreneurs and the project component is a hands-on experience where students will work in teams on their respective IP and develop business plans. Students and/or postdoctoral fellows must have taken at least 1 course on life science entrepreneurship or device development/intellectual property management prior to enrolling for this course. Students will be asked to fill in a questionnaire and provide a short paragraph justifying their enrollment into the course. Prerequisites: Instructor Approval; Intellectual property knowledge

February 29 – April 22, 2016
More information about registration will be posted soon.
Course director: Stan Watowich (409-747-4749;