BioVentures is a 10 week, hands-on immersion into life science entrepreneurship, where teams of four students begin with nascent intellectual property, conduct market diligence, identify a commercially viable product, and create a commercialization plan, culminating in a refined investor pitch. Each team will be mentored by experienced medical entrepreneurs. Bioventures gives students practical experience commercializing medical research by reducing complex medical concepts to clear value propositions.
The first two iterations of the course helped launched companies that are still active today. After completing Bioventures in Spring 2014, Luminostics has gone on to receive grant funding, further develop their prototypes, and recently participated in the Y combinator accelerator program in Summer 2016. In the Bioventures 2015 cohort, the winners, Nangiotex, incorporated their company and have participated in accelerator programs in Boston and New York. Other participants of bioventures are actively involved in the Houston community at companies and institutes including DNAtrix, advanced electrophoresis systems, Cancer Moonshots, and others.
See BioVentures for more information and to register.
The IBB is co-sponsoring ignite 2017, the RCEL- Rice Alliance Spring Break entrepreneurship trek!
RCEL will support up to 12 Rice engineering graduate students and 3 undergraduate students by paying for their conference fee and hotel, and providing $300 toward travel. (Students pay the balance of their travel expenses and some meal expenses.)
The Ignite Trek provides entrepreneurial students with a chance to meet some of the most successful and up-and-coming entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Students will hear the personal stories of entrepreneurs working to build their companies and learn from the successes (and failures) of the best-and-brightest that Silicon Valley has to offer. This is an intense immersion experience with company visits and entrepreneurial speakers throughout the trek. Previous site visits include Open Table, Square, Dropbox and KPCB.
The IBB offers the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course at Rice University. This course, UNIV 594, is organized by Paul Cherukuri (Executive Director, IBB) and meets during the fall semesters on Wednesdays from 12:10 until 1:40 PM.
The IBB also offers a RCR short course, given over two days in the summer. This course is intended for temporary research interns, (i.e., this is not a substitute for the UNIV 594 course). Open to all students and postdoctoral researchers, as well as career award applicants, this course provides training in the RCR in the areas of data management, research misconduct, responsible authorship, conflicts of interest, and the peer review process.