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Fundamentals of the Bioscience Industry

The Fundamentals of the Bioscience Industry Program is an innovative, one semester, evening program designed to  provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the Bioscience Industry from target identification through commercial application. This program is targeted toward graduate students and postdocs seeking to facilitate commercial activities within their academic labs or enhance their knowledge of the commercial sector in order to transition into non-academic careers.

Created by the Center for Biotechnology, this highly interactive program gives participants the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the development of commercialization strategies around real intellectual property and business issues.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Increased marketability for participants by expanding their education beyond the typical classroom
  • Practical, hands on work with technologies to advance an invention through to commercialization
  • Connections made with industry leaders through on going classroom interaction
  • Access to a network of over 300 program alumni providing career opportunities, mentoring, professional development and social interaction

Program applications are typically due each November for the Spring course.

For more information, contact Kate Hutchinson at the Center for Biotechnology.

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How to Build a Startup: The Lean Launchpad

Have an interest in entrepreneurship and building a startup company? Consider enrolling in "How to Build a Startup: The Lean Launchpad." This hands-on course teaches how to take a business from idea to startup under the guidance of experienced mentors. Teams going on to form companies will receive post-class assistance and can go on to compete in the SB Entrepreneurs Challenge.

It's offered each Fall and Spring semester, crosslisted as BUS364/EST364/BUS554/EST534. Pre-requisites can be waived with permission of the instructor. Graduate students enroll through SOLAR. Postdocs should contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Hear Steve Blank, internationally recognized Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, describe the course here!


Wolfie Tank

Wolfie Tank is a pitch competition based on the model of the popular TV show, Shark Tank. Members of Stony Brook's community showcase their social entrepreneurial ideas in presentations to a panel of judges. Winners of the competition can receive seed money to proceed with their idea. Wolfie Tank is typically held each November.

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Innovation Lab

Stony Brook's Innovation Lab provides a maker space for our community to think, create and innovate, providing the tools to see new ideas come to life. The facilities offer a range of equipment and tools, from 3D printers to sewing machines to laser cutters to visualization tools. Drop in or sign up for a workshop or training. 

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