Life Science Entrepreneurship

The Role of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers in High-tech Startups

March 20 – April 25, 2017

(Mostly) Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

BioScience Research Collaborative, Main Auditorium, Rice University

For Credit or Certificate. Audit by Permission.

The roles of physicians, scientists, engineers, and MBAs in biotech, medical device, and other life science companies will be described and characterized. The major trends and innovations driving the creation of new products in large, established companies and venture-capital backed startup companies are discussed. This pragmatic, experienced-based course describes the venture capital process, the formation and capitalization of high-tech companies, sources of technologies, role of tech transfer at universities and medical schools, startup operational issues, role of VCs and board members, execution time frames, the liquidity process, IPOs and mergers, and payout prospects for founders and investors.

Live, ongoing case studies guest entrepreneurs: biotech, medical device, and healthcare informatics companies are presented by many notable MD and PhD founders and CEOs. In the final classes, a high-tech career-planning guide is discussed, plus a special lecture on Intelligence, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship will be presented. Insider secrets and success stories from decades of highly successful company formations and Venture Capital practice in medical, biotech, and infotech companies will be shared.

Class TAs

Sara Nizzero:

Charanya Kaushik: