Entrepreneurship Life Sciences Initiative

Biomedical Entrepreneurship Course (BME 6086-020 / BADM 5894-011 / MGMT 5895-012)

As part of its Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences Initiative (ELSi), CCEI sponsors a multi-disciplinary course in biomedical entrepreneurship, targeting graduate students from across the university with the purpose of training them to be life science entrepreneurs. Student teams are coached by industry experts addressing fundamental topics in biomedical entrepreneurship, and present business models to external experts.  The course is a collaboration between Schools of Business, Engineering, Medicine, and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

The course is presently offered only in the Fall semester, and a simple application (available on this page) is required before registration. The 3-credit course is taught at a location central to the Storrs, Farmington, and Hartford campuses, at the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford.

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Meet the 2016 BME Fellows:

Ishita Banerjee

Ishita Banerjee


PhD Biomedical Science (4th year)
Immunology
My work involves deciphering mechanisms that regulate the production of an immune defense molecule and therefore keep the immune system ‘in check’.

Cory Brennick

Cory Brennick


Biomedical Science PhD Candidate
Srivastava Lab / Department of Immunology
Research involves personalized cancer immunotherapies and treatments.
Wants to learn biotech and business to commercialize their innovation.

Olesea Diaz-Chiosa

Olesea Diaz-Chiosa


Biomedical Engineering Senior
Focus: Biomechanics
Presently working in R&D at Medtronic (MITG). Interested in engineering and business segments in the workplace, and learning more about economics behind product development.

Nick Dugan

Nick Dugan


Registered Nurse at UConn Health Center, specializing in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. MBA (1st yr) in Health Care Management and Information Technology Management. Future interests - Health Information Technology Firm, a Medical Facility, or Medical Device Company

Faizan Khan

Faizan Khan


Honors undergraduate (Senior)
Mathematics and Physics
Entrepreneurship is not a spectator sport. UConn experience in entrepreneurship includes: building market share for a music themed magazine and raising money for a charity

Ying Liu

Ying Liu


PhD / Chemical Engineering
Research is about nanoparticles for drug delivery and biomimetic materials
Founder of ReinEsse, a startup developing innovative skin care active ingredients.
Goal is to learn about business strategy and communicate with mentors/talented students from different majors.

Natalie Miccile

Natalie Miccile


PharmD / 2nd year FTMBA candidate
Concentrations: Digital Marketing Strategy, Financial Analytics,
Healthcare Finance and Insurance
Wants to explore entrepreneurial opportunities in health care.

Ayush Mittal

Ayush Mittal


Distinguished undergraduate (Senior)
Molecular and Cell Biology
Research involves the area of immunology concerning innate responses to pathogens and the junction between the innate and adaptive parts of the immune response.

Ryan Russell

Ryan Russell


UCHC – Biomedical Science PhD Candidate
Skeletal Biology & Regeneration program. My main project focuses on directing stem cells down the axial skeletal lineage with the goal of generating multipotent skeletal progenitor cells for eventual therapeutic application.

Christine Savino

Christine Savino


Honors undergraduate (Junior)
Economics
Interests include entrepreneurship and business. Wants to work with a team to design and effective biomedical idea and pitch it to investors.

Rushi Shah

Rushi Shah


Distinguished undergraduate (Senior)
Physiology and Neurobiology – Honors Global Health and Policy
Interests: Health Policy, Public Health, Global Health, Healthcare Management, Medicine

Guanwei Tao

Guanwei Tao


Business Analytics & Project Management
Focus: Big Data and Product marketing in Biotech and medical device with a better understanding of the process of developing a new market product in the medical device sector.

Gowtham Yenduri

Gowtham Yenduri


Graduate Student (Masters)
Biomedical Engineering
Research experience with UConn Start-up Biorasis, Inc. The company is developing a completely implantable continuously monitoring glucose biosensor for diabetic management.

Yue Zhang

Yue Zhang


Second year Full Time MBA candidate
Concentration: Marketing
My role in previous work focused on developing business strategy and promotional campaigns, organizing conferences and managing key customers.

Meet the Instructors:

Timothy B. Folta

Timothy B. Folta

Professor, School of Business
Thomas John and Bette Wolff Family Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship
Faculty Director, Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Fellow of the University of Strasbourg Institute for Study

Dr. Mostafa Analoui

Dr. Mostafa Analoui

Executive Director, Venture Development, Office of the Vice President for Research
Actively involved in investment, management, and development
of nanotechnology, drug discovery, diagnostic imaging, and global strategies.

Dr. Dennis Wright

Dr. Dennis Wright

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Research focuses on development of small
organic molecules based on complex natural products

Dr. Cato Laurencin

Dr. Cato Laurencin

Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Chair Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine.
Faculty, School of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering.
CEO - CT Institute for Clinical and Translation Science

Dr. Ki Chon

Dr. Ki Chon

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Department Head
Research includes medical instrumentation, biosignal processing, modeling, simulation and development of novel algorithms.