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I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop Debuts at BIO 2017

Peter M. Pellerito of BIO greets I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop participants at CA Pavilion

Twenty-five early researchers selected from 110 applications submitted from universities nationwide, helped kick off the first BIO 2017 I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop.  The researchers were undergraduates, graduates, post docs and assistant professors representing underrepresented groups from 18 institutions across the country. Organized by the American Society of Microbiology (ABRMS), Biocom Institute, California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI), CSU I-Corps, and the EE Just Life Sciences Society / United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the workshop paired participants with industry mentors to explore solutions to combatting antimicrobial resistance, then  applied evidence-based entrepreneurship concepts via customer discovery interviews at the BIO 2017 exhibition.

The workshop was made possible via an Inclusive Entrepreneurship supplemental award under the NSF I-Corps Program, which are designed to “increase participation and promote inclusion of underrepresented populations in the National Innovation Network.”

BIO Adopts Principles on Workplace Development, Diversity and Inclusion

The Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop coincided with BIO’s release of a set of principles on workforce development, diversity, and inclusion (WDDI) – and the creation of a WDDI Committee – for the biotechnology industry. According to Jim Greenwood, BIO President & CEO, the Committee “will lead our efforts to attract the best and brightest talents from diverse backgrounds to biotech careers, foster an inclusive industry culture, and, most importantly, enable biotech companies and their employees to understand, interact with, and ultimately provide treatment to a diverse patient population with the cultural competency required for success.”

The partners are working with BIO to make the Bio-Entrepreneurships an integral part of the BIO International Convention to help expand and diversify the ecosystem for life science innovation, and will offer the workshop again next year at the BIO Convention in Boston. “Our hope is that this pilot and subsequent workshops will help to spawn research innovation and entrepreneurship in the life sciences from a diverse range of individuals and experiences,” stated Susan Baxter, Executive Director of the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB).
Read the BIO press release on WDDI here.

Read the CSU I-Corps press release here.