UC Berkeley is hosting the Second Annual Entrepreneurship Symposium, Biomedical Entrepreneurship: A Roadmap to the Future on Monday, October 13, 2014 (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley) and Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (8:30 am – 6:00 pm at UC Berkeley’s International House). This year the East Bay Biomedical Manufacturing Network has partnered with UC Berkeley in sponsoring this event.

A strong emphasis on translational research by funding agencies, health care transformation, shifts in the regulatory environment, and rapidly increasing global competition calls for an enhanced collaboration between universities, biomedical companies and entrepreneurial ecosystem to find new ways to create value for the marketplace and industry stakeholders. As a result of external engagements, the focus is shifting to technology transfer, partnering for innovation, entrepreneurship, and supply chain networks. The industry is moving away from building out certain areas of expertise internally and is becoming more virtual and external facing. New industries 
are emerging at the intersection of disciplines, and innovation is creating demand for new specialized knowledge. This year’s symposium will assist attendees with preparing for change to meet the needs of the future.

The Symposium will bring together thought leaders from industry, academia, and government to frame key challenges, advance new opportunities, and promote the biomedical industry by increasing technology transfer and entrepreneurship. The Symposium promises to provide opportunities for participants to:

  • understand the contributions of academia to the economic development of California and the country in general, and discuss what needs to be done to build on this momentum;
  • explore new techniques and models for driving innovation in the biomedical industry;
  • learn about groundbreaking technology transfer and entrepreneurship programs taking place throughout California;
  • explore ways to bridge academia and new funding sources such as corporate venture capitalists, Angel investors and traditional venture capitalists;
  • partner to accelerate technology transfer and entrepreneurship;
  • learn about opportunities for business assistance and, workforce training and education; and,
  • collaborate and network with local and national counterparts.

UC Berkeley will host a two-day symposium for a community of stakeholders to discuss the challenges and potential solutions worth pursuing. This year’s symposium, Biomedical Entrepreneurship: A Road Map for Future will feature guest speakers, panel discussions, technology demonstration, and a poster session to afford participants with opportunities to explore the entrepreneurial world as it relates to industry, academia, and government.

Throughout the day, the Second Annual Entrepreneurship Symposium, “Biomedical Entrepreneurship: A Road Map for Future” will feature guest speakers, panel discussions, and a poster session to afford conference participants with opportunities to explore the entrepreneurial world as it relates to the academy, government and industry.

UC Berkeley committee members include staff and faculty from:

  • Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneurship Program
  • Career Center
  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
  • UC Berkeley Startup and Accelerator
  • Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Program

Academic, government and industry planning committee members are affiliated with:

  • Arizona State University
  • East Bay Biomedical Manufacturing Network
  • EPPIC Global
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • UCOP
  • UC Berkeley
  • Wareham Development

About the Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) Program

The VSPA Program strives to:

  • Foster a robust postdoctoral community and enhance the postdoctoral experience at Berkeley
  • Provide oversight of postdoctoral matters in concert with other UC campuses and other major U.S research universities
  • Convey postdoctoral policy issues to the attention of senior campus officials from a variety of occupational backgrounds including sponsored projects, academic personnel, research and development, health services, immigration and naturalization, financial and business services, etc.
  • Secure the equitable treatment of the postdoctoral community through the consistent delivery of services, benefits and privileges including minimum compensation standards, group health insurance, workers compensation, grievance and conflict resolution intervention, and social support programs
  • Analyze the relational causes of undesirable postdoctoral employment circumstances and provide solutions that would provide access to equitable health and safety standards
  • Implement ways to provide a centralized review and protections without undermining the strengths of a traditionally decentralized postdoctoral appointment system
  • Continue efforts to better understand the training and development environment offered to postdoctoral appointees
  • Ensure that the educational needs and career interests of the postdoctoral scholars are being met
  • Provide oversight and support of the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association, a campus professional society that fosters a professional network amongst the approximately 1500 postdoctoral appointees
  • Develop and implement campus-wide policy to ensure consistent methods to define, appoint, and record postdoctoral appointments and visiting researcher scholars
  • Provide visiting researcher scholars and postdoctoral appointees easy and efficient access to campus service providers
  • Provide on-going training of campus staff and faculty who work with visiting researcher scholar and postdoctoral appointees