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I-Corps@NCATS Short Course

The UR CTSI and Ain Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation are hosting an I-Corps@NCATS Regional Short Course, designed to provide biomedical scientists, clinician scientists, and engineers with a new approach to accelerating the translation of their discoveries from the lab to clinical practice.

Who should attend?
The I-Corps@NCATS Regional Short Course is meant for teams of faculty, postdocs, and students with biomedical innovations or ideas.

Why should I attend?
The free, virtual course will help you connect with potential customers for your research projects, protocol, service or prototype, and will help you:

  • determine the commercial viability of your innovation;
  • develop a successful business case for securing funding;
  • expand your network of innovation partners, mentors and potential collaborators;
  • develop a new way of thinking about how to value the impact of your research; and
  • leverage funding to support customer discovery for selected teams.

The I-Corps@NCATS program, which is supported by the National Center for Advancing Clinical and Translational Science, is based on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program, the premier federally-funded innovation and commercialization training in the U.S. Course graduates receive NSF lineage and can apply to other NSF grant awards, including the National I-Corps Team program, which carries a grant award up to $50,000. Previous NSF funding is not required to apply. 

Course Instructors

Mark W. Wilson
Mark W. Wilson, M.S.
Simon Business School,
University of Rochester

Nate Hafer
Nate Hafer, Ph.D.
Chan Medical School,
University of Massachusetts

David Eilers
David Eilers
Whitman School of Management,
Syracuse University

Course Calendar

All sessions will be held virtually over Zoom. Please note: attendance is required at ALL sessions.

Date/Time Options Session Topic

Monday, October 17, 1-1:30 pm
Wednesday, October 19, 10-10:30 am

Orientation and pre-work (pick one session)

Monday, October 31, 9 am - 12 pm

The approach, customers and value

Wednesday, November 2, 9 am - 12 pm

Workflows and life science companies
Monday, November 7, 1-3 pm
Wednesday, November 9, 1-3 pm
Office hours and sharing (pick one session)
Wednesday, November 16, 9 am - 12 pm

Regulatory, healthcare MVPs and progress check

Monday, November 28, 1-3 pm
Wednesday, November 30, 1-3 pm
Office hours and sharing (pick one session)
Friday, December 2, 9 am - 12 pm Final report-outs and feedback