The MD Anderson Entrepreneurship Academy provides programs to improve awareness, knowledge, skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur and innovator. These programs consist of different types of educational experiences from workshops, lectures, panels, and experiential
programs. CEA continually assesses the entrepreneur community to determine the best topics to equip faculty, trainees, and staff to understand and apply knowledge gain in the areas of
entrepreneurship and commercialization.
In collaboration with the Office of Technology Commercialization, this workshop provides participants with a basic understanding of the pathway to commercialization. Participants will learn what commercialization is, what activities are required to take a product to market, and the process and resources entrepreneurs need to be aware of when engaging with the OTC.
This workshop series brings life science entrepreneurs to MD Anderson to provide valuable insight to faculty, trainees, and staff using the lessons learned from their journey from idea to the marketplace.
Experienced panel of faculty entrepreneurs, internal stakeholders, and external experts evaluate the project and provide feedback on project design, commercial potential, and pathway milestones for needed to move to market. This includes direct engagement with the
entrepreneur to discuss the project and provide valuable insight on project needs and/or potential.
Half-day workshop the provides participants with an introduction to a decision-making analytics methodology that provides a solid framework for making important decisions that are impactful and mitigate risk based on available information.
Based on years of experience and experience, Mentors from MD Anderson’s VMS at Houston program provide valuable knowledge, lessons, and examples in a broad range of topics including Start-Up Law 101, sales and marketing, business contracting, and negotiation.
In collaboration with the Licensing Executive Society (LES), this series of workshops outline the basics of intellectual property, invention disclosures, patents, and other components of protecting the intellectual and commercialization value of a technology.
Innovators needing help with submission of their invention disclosure reports may attend a monthly session hosted by CEA and OTC to answer questions and give guidance on developing a quality IDR for their technology.