A graduate certificate in Life Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri will broaden the training of graduate and professional students from the fields of business, engineering and medicine, among others. A collaborative program among MU’s Trulaske College of Business, College of Engineering and School of Medicine, the program will prepare participants for a wider range of employment opportunities and provide core skills for entrepreneurial endeavors.
Through an interdisciplinary approach, the program will allow graduate and professional students to receive training to translate life science discoveries into products and services that will improve health. The program will require completion of three three-hour core curriculum courses designed to cover the life cycle of a translational science/business venture, as well as elective course for a total of 12 hours of course credit. The three-course sequence will be augmented by elective course that round out the educational need of particular students.
- Know and understand the life sciences industry well enough to be familiar with terms, trends, issues and industry culture in order to be able to recognize needs that may be commercially viable.
- Know and understand the three disciplines represented by the course such that they are able to assess the commercial viability of a life sciences technology innovation.
- Know how to commercialize new life science discoveries into products and services to improve health in humans and/or animals.
School of Medicine
- Nature of discovery
- Protecting intellectual property
- Reimbursement models in health care
- Research with industry partners
- Life science methods and research tools
College of Engineering
- Identification of clinical needs
- Concept screening and selection
- Regulatory pathways and the FDA
- Patents and intellectual property basics
- Design and prototypes
Trulaske College of Business
- Commercialization process
- Marketing assessment and competitive landscape
- Technology transfer, licensing and startups
- Sources of capital
- Business plan and market strategy
The only prerequisite for the first course in the sequence will be good standing in a graduate/ professional program or the consent of the instructor on a case-by-case basis.