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Does your latest discovery have commercial value? Is your science important to those who stand to benefit from it? Would a potential “customer” of your research welcome your technology, protocol, or intervention?

The five-week I-Corps@NCATS Short Course provides biomedical scientists and engineers with a new approach to accelerate the translation of discoveries from the lab to clinical practice. Based on the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program, the premiere federally-funded innovation and commercialization training in the U.S., the I-Corps@NCATS Short Course is an evidence-based experience that will take you out of your comfort zone to connect with potential customers.

Who Should Attend?

Faculty with an early-stage biomedical innovation or idea; postdocs and students working on a biomedical innovation

How Does It Work?

Does Your Science Matter?
The I-Corps customer discovery process will connect you to the real-world concerns of your project’s eventual beneficiaries and help you explain the value of your work to funding agencies. Increase the impact of your science with I-Corps!

The five-week I-Corps@NCATS Short Course is offered regionally several times a year (see Agenda below). Participants attend two face-to-face sessions (the kick-off and finale), but will conduct customer discovery during the three weeks in between, checking in virtually during "office hours." 

What Will I Learn?

  • Determine the commercial viability of your innovation
  • Develop a successful business case for securing funding 
  • Expand your network of innovation partners, mentors, and potential collaborators
  • Develop greater self-confidence and a new way of thinking about how to value the impact of your research

How Do I Register?

Click on the site name below to register.


  Site   Kick-Off Day   Finale Day   Agenda  
  Emory/GA Tech at UAB   July 9, 9am-4pm   Aug. 6, 9am-2pm   Details  
  Miami   Aug. 3   Aug. 31    Details   
  UC Davis   Sept. 21   Oct. 19   Details  
  UMass   Oct. 23   Nov. 20   Details  
  Penn State University   Jan. 18   Feb. 15   Details   

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