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A certificate in Life Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri will broaden the training of graduate and professional students from the fields of business, engineering and medicine, among others. A collaborative program among MU's Trulaske College of Business, College of Engineering and School of Medicine, the program will prepare participants for a wider range of employment opportunities and provide core skills for entrepreneurial endeavors.

Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Through an interdisciplinary approach, the program will allow MU graduate and professional students to receive training to translate life science discoveries into products and services that will improve health. The program will require completion of three three-hour core curriculum courses designed to cover the life cycle of a translational science/business venture, as well as elective courses for a total of 12 hours of course credit. The three-course sequence will be augmented by elective courses that round out the educational needs of particular students.

Program Objectives

  • Know and understand the life sciences industry well enough to be familiar with terms, trends, issues, and industry culture in order to be able to recognize needs that may be commercially viable.
  • Know and understand the three disciplines represented by the courses such that they are able to assess the commercial viability of a life sciences technological innovation.
  • Know how to commercialize new life science discoveries into products and services to improve health in humans and/or animals.

  • Course Content

    School of Medicine

    • Nature of discovery
    • Protecting intellectual property
    • Reimbursement models in health care
    • Life science methods and research tools
    • Research with industry partners

    Scientific Discovery Leading to Life Science Innovations
    MPP 8000
    Instructors: Raghuraman Kannan, PhD

    College of Engineering

    • Identification of clinical needs
    • Concept screening and selection
    • Regulatory pathways and the FDA
    • Patents and intellectual property basics
    • Design and prototypes

    Design and Development of Biomedical Innovation
    Bio_En 8001
    Instructor: Raghuraman Kannan, PhD

    Trulaske College of Business

    • Commercialization process
    • Market assessment and competitive landscape
    • Technology transfer, licensing, and startups
    • Sources of capital
    • Business plan and market strategy

    Topics in Management – Commercialization of Life Science Innovations
    MGMT 8200
    Instructor: Paul Hippenmeyer

    Online Program

    The online Graduate Certificate in Life Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship will begin in the fall, 2016. Registration for this online course will open in summer, 2016. Anandhi Upendran, PhD, will be the Program Coordinator for the online coursework.

    Admission Requirements

    The only prerequisite for the first course in the sequence will be good standing in a graduate/professional program or the consent of the instructor on a case-by-case basis.

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    Other Information

    The Application for Graduate Change of Program, Degree, Emphasis, or Advisor and the Graduate Certificate Plan of Study must be completed, approved, and submitted to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Please contact Debbie Taylor for information regarding the approval process.


    Debbie Taylor, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
    (573) 884-0042
    School of Medicine, One Hospital Drive, MA204D
    Medical Sciences Building, Columbia MO 65212