Innovation Biosciences: Introduction to Life Science Commercialization

6-Week Program

Start Date: Saturday, February 10, 2017

Time: 12:00PM – 2:30PM for Six Weeks

Location: Workbar Cambridge

                 45 Propsect Street

                 1st Floor

                 Cambridge, MA 02139

Registration fee: $647 (academic rate)


Innovation Bioscience Initiative:

Innovation Bioscience is a training and incubation initiative focused on bridging the gap between biomedical research and healthcare need. Life science professionals across the spectrum drive innovation and are well positioned to be domain-expert entrepreneurs filling a much-needed gap in translation and commercialization. Entrepreneurship can be an attractive career track for some, but many lack the background and experience necessary to engage in new venture creation opportunities. Additionally, many equate “entrepreneurship” with exclusively starting new companies, and while this can often be the case, entrepreneurial skills and experience can have far reaching and rewarding applications particularly toward leveraging existing intellectual property (IP).


Program Overview:

Our intensive 6-week “Introduction to Life Science Commercialization” takes participants working in teams through the entire product development and commercialization process. Program participants will apply key concepts toward ideating, building, and pitching novel start-up proposals to a panel of experts in the space. Additionally, course participants will build transferable skills in areas ranging from communication, leadership, team building, problem framing, and the process of testing and validating potential market-ready business opportunities. Lastly, participants will gain exposure to the vibrant start-up ecosystem of the Greater Boston area (and beyond) through guest speakers, panelists, and project mentors.


Program Founders:

  • Fernando Albertorio, PhD - Dr. Albertorio brings a background spanning biotechnology and physics and has raised over $1 million in grant funding throughout his career and is the co-founder and CEO of Sunu (focused on wearable devices for the visually impaired) a 2014 Mass Challenge winner and recipient of the 2014 Perkins Assistive Technology Prize, and the 2015 LATAM Concordia XCalaprize
  • Steven Munevar, PhD, MBA – Dr. Munevar is a multidisciplinary professional and founder of the life science technology development and commercialization firm, Munevar& Associates, Inc. and the non-profit virtual research incubator, the Helix Bioscience Institute-HBI. He is an avid supporter of the entrepreneurial space serving as a regularly invited mentor and speaker to programs such as the New England Science Symposium, the OneStart Healthcare Accelerator, and is the founder of the ongoing event and networking series, Science Shaping Our World-SHOW.

Our program introduces participants to the foundational entrepreneurial and business concepts needed to transfer technologies from ideation to a viable commercial business opportunity. Through an intense experiential training and project driven approach, we seek to provide biomedical researchers and clinicians (among others) with the training and resources needed to help bridge the research bench to patient bedside.