Idea to IPO

January 6 - March 27, 2014, 5:15pm |  UCSF Mission Bay Campus

Idea to IPO, an experiential, team based entrepreneurship class, is now open for applications. This intensive, 12-week course begins Jan. 6th, teaching faculty researchers, clinicians, residents, PhD, Masters and medical students how to move an idea from the lab/clinic/digital world to commercialization. You do not need to have a team to apply. Teams will assemble during class and through our online marketplace.
Top-tier industry experts will join UCSF professor and entrepreneur Charly Craik, bringing real-life experience to the classroom. Topics cover the full range of life science/healthcare entrepreneurship subjects for therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, tools, and digital health ventures. Participants will apply classroom learning as they form a team to focus on an idea, assess its market potential, create a business model and learn about market assessment, the FDA, reimbursement, IP, basic finance, legal structures, capital sources and pitching investors. You will hear stories from entrepreneurs and investors in the sector.  Experienced mentors will help teams develop a detailed business plan culminating in a presentation before top tier Silicon Valley investors.
This is an unparalleled opportunity to tap into a knowledge base and network that can help advance your idea or venture. No business background is required. Enrollment preference for UCSF. QB3  residents, UC Berkeley, Stanford and Industry applicants are welcome if space is available.  


Online applications here.

Looking for a team? Fill out this form and look here.


$0 UCSF faculty and students  

$200 UCSF Post docs
           UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruiz, and Stanford faculty & students,

$400  Non-faculty researcher at UCSF, Berkeley, Stanford, National Labs
          UCSF staff
          QB3 resident company

$500 Startup with revenue of $500K or less
         QB3 Startup in a Box  

$800 Employed by a corporation with revenue over $500K.



January 6, 2014 to April 7, 2014
Mission Bay Campus 
Registration Deadline: 
December 30, 2012
Questions? Email the Entrepreneurship Center's Program Manager, Kyra Davis, at

Course Directors

Stephanie Marrus
Director and Lecturer
Entrepreneurship Center, UCSF
Charles Craik
School of Pharmacy, UCSF

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