Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program
Creighton's award-winning, National Science Foundation-funded Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program began in spring, 2008 as a partnership between Creighton's schools of law, business, arts and sciences, and health sciences. It was the first in the country to offer both graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to work together in interdisciplinary teams to commercialize technologies in the biosciences. In addition to the original year-long certificate program for undergraduate and graduate students, we now offer both a business major and non-business minor for undergraduate students. Admission to the BEP program is restricted to 16 students each year, and the deadline for applying for the fall, 2013 cohort is March 16, 2013. Please follow this link to the application form: BEP 2013 Program Fall Application.
If you are interested in the intersection between business and the biosciences, one of our three bioscience entrepreneurship program options should be a good fit. Each option requires the completion of a two course 500 level core: ENT 518 (Technology Commercialization) and ENT 520 (Bioscience Entrepreneurship). Please follow the course links for sample syllabi; however, because BEP is changing to a fall start, one academic year program, please note that Technology Commercialization is now offered in fall and Bioscience Entrepreneurship in spring.
The certificate option (core plus approved experiential component) is especially attractive to undergraduate non-business majors who are planning to apply to medical or dental school and to graduate students in business, law and the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, physical and occupational therapy. However, for undergraduates wanting more, we also offer a six-course bioscience entrepreneurship major and minor.
The BEP core is offered once each year. These courses are offered over the MBA 11-week schedule, with fall semester running from the last week in August until mid-November and spring semester running from mid-February through the first week in May one night per week from 6-9:30 p.m. Tuition for Creighton medical and dental students is waived. Students must be able to attend at least 10 of the 11 required sessions each semester in order to remain in good standing.
The year-long core culminates in the annual BioVenture competition and cocktail party in which student teams present the business plans they have developed for local bioscience ventures to area investors, entrepreneurs and Creighton alumni judges.
BEP program faculty expertise is greatly enhanced by guest speakers and mentors from their respective fields of expertise and practice.