CLSI Partners with CSU I-Corps to deliver Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop aimed at Promoting Inclusion of Underrepresented Populations in the Sciences
The California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) is partnering with CSU I-Corps, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), E. E. Just Life Sciences Society, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), and the Biocom Institute to deliver a 2.5 day Bio-entrepreneurship Workshop for a diverse group of early-career researchers in conjunction with the 2017 BIO International Convention in June. Participants in the workshop will learn about evidence-based entrepreneurship and value proposition design, then join industry professionals on the Exhibitor’s floor at BIO.
The Bio-entrepreneurship Workshop responds to a key finding of the 2016 California Talent Report co-authored by CLSI and the Biocom Institute, which cites concern from life science industry executives about “future talent from groups that are already unrepresented (i.e. African American, Hispanic and female) in STEM fields.” The report goes on to state that “many recognize …that the industry needs to do more to engage these underrepresented populations.” CLSI and the Biocom Institute will help with BIO conference coordination, helping to draw in industry experts and mentors from the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)’s and Biocom’s member bases as well as CSU I-Corps’ statewide mentor and alumni networks.