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Business/Entrepreneurship

Management and Business Principles for Scientists

Offered in Spring Semester

The BRET Office of Career Development offers a module for biomedical PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, Business and Management Principles for Scientists. It is ideal for trainees interested in:

  1. independent research careers in industry or academia (running a research lab in academia is often compared to owning a small business).
  2. scientific or management careers in academic core facilities or contract research organizations.
  3. any career outside the lab which requires business acumen!

The first few weeks of the module is interactive and didactic. In the second part of the module, participants will break into small teams to consult with the director of a VU Core Facility and develop a solution to a business or management challenge faced by the core. This project-based approach will give participants the opportunity to put course principles into practice.


Technology Commercialization

Typically offered Fall semester

This module covers topics on IP Fundamentals, federal statutes, academic technology commercialization process, translational research, early stage product development, entrepreneurship, new venture creation, and sources of funding. This module is broken down into 2 sections:

Section A: Technology Transfer

Section B: Entrepreneurship

Participants may apply for Section A only, Section B only, or for both Section A and B for a combined 7 sessions.

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