How do academic and budding biotech entrepreneurs make the leap from solid science to commercialization? Knowledge, support and connections. This is the mission of the Entrepreneurship Center at UC San Francisco (UCSF), to help launch biotech startup companies out of UCSF technology by exposing them to information and a network of experts and executives from the life science community, including the Silicon Valley ecosystem that is viewed as the world's standard for startups. The key is to expose scientists and clinicians to the business mindset.
“Everything we do is focused on that overarching goal,” said Stephanie Marrus, Director of the UCSF Entrepreneurship Center. “Part of creating successful companies is tapping into that ecosystem and creating connections that didn't really exist before.”
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