A week well spent

Apologies to everyone. I spent a few weeks getting this blog up and running and then disappeared for a week. During that time, we were running our first Business Development Intensive workshop–a weeklong introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship for doctoral students in the life sciences and engineering at UC Davis.

Unbeknownst to almost the entire world, UC Davis has one of the largest research communities in the country with over $505M in total research grants and awards. Last year, we were ranked 14th and this year saw a big jump (the comparison rankings aren’t out yet). And yet relative to other institutions with similar research activities have relatively fewer entrepreneurial spin-outs.

Our business development programs are aimed at helping change the ratio of research dollars to new spin-out ventures by giving our students an understanding of what it takes to move from research to the market, whether for-profit or non-profit.

Anyway, learned a lot. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Thanks.