Introduction to I-Corps
The MD Anderson I-Corps Regional Program is an initiative geared towards supporting faculty and trainees in the translation of their research technology and the success rates of their funding. In collaboration with The University of Texas System, UT-Austin, and UT-Dallas, the Office of Career & Entrepreneurship Advancement launched I-Corps program in 2014 in conjunction with a grant awarded by the UT-System Entrepreneurship Network.
The I-Corps Program is now the premiere federally funded innovation and commercialization program in the U.S., with over 19 leading academic research institutions as regional partners. This program was launched by the National Science Foundation, and adopted by the National Institute of Health.
Discovery comes before execution, and I-Corps is focused on giving innovators and researchers the tools to do that discovery.
I-Corps Lead Instructor
At its core, the I-Corps program accomplishes three things:
- Establishes a core commercialization discovery team around a new idea or innovative technology
- Provides a method to rapidly and inexpensively test their hypothesis and fine-tune their technology so ultimately it is more likely to succeed, more likely to match what the market wants or needs.
- Develops a clear and more concise translational pathway, with a greater chance of development and the funding necessary to commercialize the technology to the bedside.
The I-Corps Regional Program consists of a one-day introductory workshop and a six-week Regional Cohort Program with selected academic teams. The one-day workshop covers relevant topics and skills, including:
- Lean Principles around Commercialization
- Developing and Testing Value Propositions
- Business Model Canvas
- Process Improving SBIR/STTR Success Rates
For the Regional Cohort Program, academic teams are selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants from MD Anderson, UT system schools, and other institutions across the Texas Medical Center. Each three-person team will participate in a three-day launch session, four Web-ex sessions, and a two-day closing session at MD Anderson. The program will apply lessons learned during the preparatory workshop and opening session to conduct discovery interviews and prepare for the national I-Corps cohorts at NSF and NIH.
For more information, contact Alejandro Tortoriello.
We provide assistance and guidance through the grant processes for the Small Business Institutional Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR).
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. For more information, visit SBIR.
The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnerships to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. This is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. For more information, visit STTR.
Fannin Innovation Studio represents an active portfolio of companies including drug, device, and diagnostic startups and plans to launch another 15-20 companies over the next five years. Interns are a critical part of their work, working closely with leaders of their pipeline or portfolio companies.
Interns participate in activities related to Fannin or our portfolio companies with active support and mentorship from Fannin staff. The program is open to late-stage graduate and medical students, research and clinical fellows. The fellowship requires 10-15 hours a week for three months and one to 1.5 days per week at the Fannin Innovation Studio. A stipend is provided.
The application process opens in May and November of each calendar year and is announced via email with instructions on how to apply. For more information about innovation internships, contact Chris Taylor.