Taking discoveries from the lab to the marketplace requires business savvy. But scientists and researchers often lack know-how when it comes to pitching investors and creating business plans.

To help close this skills gap, the University of Missouri is now offering an online graduate certificate in life science innovation and entrepreneurship.

Students can complete the four-class career development program completely online in just one year.

The program is the result of collaboration among faculty in the MU School of Medicine, College of Engineering and the Trulaske College of Business.

“As scientists, we’re very good at testing hypotheses and producing scholarship,” said Jerry Parker, associate dean for research in the MU School of Medicine. “But, increasingly, we are understanding the importance of finding commercial applications for our discoveries and delivering them where they’re needed. We also want to help others acquire these important skills.”

Classes cover obtaining patents, intellectual property, determining commercial viability, market assessment, competitive landscape and life science research tools.

The life science innovation and entrepreneurship program is designed to serve researchers, doctors and veterinarians as well as engineering and business professionals. The certificate will prepare graduates to lead their own biomedical companies or work as investment specialists for venture capital firms.

"This program gets scientists, engineers and business people all on the same page," said Anandhi Upendran, director of biomedical innovation in the MU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. “We show them how to better understand unmet clinical needs, so they can innovate together to build products to meet those needs and bring those products to the market.”

Classes begin in August and applications are now being accepted. GRE scores are not required.

Students in this program — and in all Mizzou’s online graduate degree and certificate programs — pay in-state tuition rates, regardless of their state of residency.

To learn more about the online graduate certificate in life science innovation and entrepreneurship, or to apply to the program, visit online.missouri.edu/lifescience.

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