Lean Launchpad for Life Sciences & Healthcare

ANNOUNCEMENT: The next Lean LaunchPad course is coming in January 2015, keep checking back for details!


Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences & Healthcare
Tuesdays, October 1st-December 10th, 5:30-9:00 pm

The goal of the Lean LaunchPad Life Sciences class is to teach researchers and clinicians how to move their technology from an academic lab or clinic into the commercial world.

We're going to help teams:

  • Assess regulatory risk before they design and build
  • Gather data essential to customer purchases before doing the science
  • Define clinical utility now, before spending millions of dollars
  • Identify financing vehicles before they're needed

We’ve segmented the class into four cohorts: therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health.  We have recruited a team of world class investors and entrepreneurs to teach and mentor the class including Steve Blank, Jerry EngelKarl Handelsman, Jim HornthalAbhas Gupta, Stephanie MarrusAllan May, and Todd Morrill.

This 10-week course takes participants down the pathway to building an idea into a venture.  It is not about writing a business plan or doing library research.  You will be talking to actual customers and partners for your idea and learning the chaos and uncertainty of how a startup actually works.  You’ll learn how to use a business model to brainstorm each part of a company and customer development to get out of the classroom and talk to real prospects to see if anyone other than you would want/use your product.  Each week will be a new adventure as you test another part of your business model and share this knowledge with the rest of the class.  


UCSF faculty, clinician, student  $0

UCSF Post doc, Berkeley student, Stanford stduent  $200

Academic Researcher/UCSF staff/QB3 resident company  $400

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

Corporate employees and startups with over $500K in revenue   $800

Additional information: on the Lean LaunchPad at http://steveblank.com, on the business model canvas here (part of the application), and the tech-oriented Lean LaunchPad course here.  See Steve Blank keynote at the Health Innovation Summit, and his recent blog posts on digital health and devices here and on drug discovery and diagnostics here.


October 1, 2013 to December 10, 2013
Mission Bay 
Registration Deadline: 
September 6, 2013
Application: Please download the powerpoint template above, complete it as a team, save under the first name and last name of your lead member, and email it with a one-pager about your idea/venture to kyra.davis@ucsf.edu. Applications will be accepted through September 6, 2013.

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