Navigation Links
Academia should fulfill social contract by supporting bioscience startups, case study says
Date:10/25/2012

Universities not only provide the ideal petri dish for cultivating bioscience with commercial potential, but have a moral obligation to do so, given the opportunity to translate public funding into health and jobs, according to a new case study by UCSF researchers.

In an analysis published Oct. 24, 2012 in Science Translational Medicine, researchers at the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) assessed the impact of the institute's efforts over the past eight years in supporting entrepreneurs on the three UC campuses in which it operates: UCSF, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.

The study found that, by lowering the hurdle even very slightly for scientists to become entrepreneurs, the scientists were able to gain extraordinary traction in translating academic research into public benefit, generating 60 new companies in the first six years and attracting 75 new bioscience entrepreneurs in the last year alone.

"This fundamentally changes the way we think of academic science," said Douglas Crawford, PhD, assistant director of QB3 and senior author on the paper. "There is a distressing paucity of new drugs in the pipeline and a clear need for new economic engines in this country. This is a call to action to address that."

The paper cites the following essential support that universities can provide:

  • Bioscience-focused incubators
  • An open network approach that enables any entrepreneur to participate
  • Competitive seed funding options
  • Real-world mentoring that gives scientist a clear sense of market needs.

In the first six years since QB3 started supporting entrepreneurs at the UCSF Mission Bay campus, its growing network of incubators helped launch 60 new bioscience companies at UCSF and across the San Francisco Bay at UC Berkeley at a cost of $1 million per year. Of those, 56 are still in business, and 13 have moved beyond the incubator network or have been
'/>"/>

Contact: Kristen Bole
derek.deike@gmail.com
415-502-6397
University of California - San Francisco
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Should we play hide-and-go-seek with our childrens vegetables?
2. Reproductive health providers should discuss environmental exposure risks with patients
3. President, CEO Leppävuori, VTT: Finland should create a national bioeconomy strategy
4. Countries should implement inclusive wealth accounting
5. Happy Fathers Day! Another reason why dads and hopeful dads should quit smoking now
6. Should high-dose interleukin-2 continue to be the treatment of choice for metastatic melanoma?
7. Environmental groups should pool efforts to reach the public
8. Prenatal whole genome sequencing: Just because we can, should we?
9. Ecologist: Genetically engineered algae for biofuel pose potential risks that should be studied
10. Scientists conclude high fructose corn syrup should not be blamed for obesity
11. Scientists find that neurological changes can happen due to social status
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:11/18/2014)... , Nov. 17, 2014   ... and EMC collaborate to develop The Partners Data ... , The Partners Data Lake will allow researcher ... improve diagnostics, treatment and the lives of patients ... research and clinical activities across the Partners system, ...
(Date:11/11/2014)...  Forensicon, Inc., a Chicago -based ... the promotion of Yaniv Schiff from Senior ... Schiff,s new role as Director, he will lead company ... examiners and provide leadership within the company,s digital forensics ... Schiff joined Forensicon in 2006 ...
(Date:11/6/2014)... paper from a team of Florida State University biologists ... could adapt to and survive environmental swings such as ... latest issue of the journal The Plant Cell ... DNA and proteins) is organized in a cell and ... are turned on and others are turned off. , ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Partners HealthCare and EMC Unite to Solve Health Care's Toughest Challenges Using Big Data 2Partners HealthCare and EMC Unite to Solve Health Care's Toughest Challenges Using Big Data 3Partners HealthCare and EMC Unite to Solve Health Care's Toughest Challenges Using Big Data 4Partners HealthCare and EMC Unite to Solve Health Care's Toughest Challenges Using Big Data 5Yaniv Schiff Promoted to Director of Digital Forensics at Forensicon, Inc. 2Maize analysis yields whole new world of genetic science 2
... the University of Georgia, using glow-in-the-dark proteins and ... of a complex organelle in the bacterium that ... in new, precise detail the unique cell extension ... Mycoplasma pneumoniae. This structure, called a "terminal organelle," ...
... fruit flies, developmental biologists at the Kimmel Cancer Center ... a new way that genes are turned on and ... processes are at work in higher organisms, including mammals, ... understanding of a range of diseases, including childhood cancer. ...
... prevents the production of a critical blood-clotting protein. Treatments ... exist, may consist of risky blood transfusions or expensive ... be induced to begin producing these proteins, say by ... , Prof. Yair Reisner and Ph.D. student Anna Aronovich ...
Cached Biology News:UGA scientists unravel 'molecular inch-worm' structure of walking-pneumonia bacterium 2Jefferson researchers uncover new way nature turns genes on and off 2A transplant in time 2
(Date:11/26/2014)... Whitehouse Laboratories is pleased to announce ... (New Jersey) Chamber of Commerce as a member. ... in the North Jersey area, offers Whitehouse Laboratories ... clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology areas that ... enables Whitehouse Laboratories a higher level of visibility ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... ADDISON, TX (PRWEB) November 25, 2014 ... age-defying skincare products, earned three prestigious MarCom Awards for ... , Nerium received a Platinum MarCom Award, the organization’s ... Real Event in St. Louis held in April of ... for more than 14,000 attendees. Additionally, Nerium was awarded ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... Miles Holder, formerly of Micron Research ... Products team as Sales/Marketing Manager. Mr. Holder has over ... for the graphite industry. , “We are thrilled to ... Dave Trinkley, VP of Market and Product Development for ... in the graphite industry, along with his proven track ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... 2014 Deep Research Report on ... report on the Global Palmitic Acid industry. For ... basic information, including definition, classification, application, industry chain ... etc. , For international and China market ... in China and other countries or regions ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Whitehouse Laboratories Joins Morris County Chamber of Commerce 2Whitehouse Laboratories Joins Morris County Chamber of Commerce 3Nerium International™ Wins One Platinum, Two Gold MarCom Awards 2Miles Holder Joins Graphel Corporation as Sales/Marketing Manager 2Palmitic Acid Industry Global 2014 Analysis & 2020 Forecasts on Market data, Statics, Development Now at ReportsnReports.com 2Palmitic Acid Industry Global 2014 Analysis & 2020 Forecasts on Market data, Statics, Development Now at ReportsnReports.com 3
... Development and InnovationMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 22 ... Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology group assesses a variety of ... in cancer treatment. Physicians, nurses and patients ... reconstitution, home vs. office administration parameters, and barriers ...
... JOSEPH, Mich., April 22 GeneGo, Inc., a leading ... pathway analysis , today announced that the University ... Excellence. Cardiff University researchers will have access to GeneGo,s ... able to leverage their partner relationship with GeneGo to ...
... The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) ... unveiled a campaign to promote three key policies designed ... Americans. PhRMA and Families USA will work together and ... these policies are incorporated in the healthcare reform proposals ...
Cached Biology Technology:Frost & Sullivan: Female Cancer Patients More Willing to Use Implantable Infusion Pumps Than Males 2Frost & Sullivan: Female Cancer Patients More Willing to Use Implantable Infusion Pumps Than Males 3Cardiff University Becomes a GeneGo Center of Excellence 2PhRMA, Families USA Jointly Promote Measures to Ensure Quality, Affordable Healthcare Coverage 2PhRMA, Families USA Jointly Promote Measures to Ensure Quality, Affordable Healthcare Coverage 3
... NH2-terminal kinase) signal transduction cascade is ... pathways in mammals. JNK pathway activation ... is associated with the nuclear accumulation ... in the immune response, cellular proliferation, ...
... knockdown of all human, mouse, and ... Genomewide, predesigned siRNAs for a ... , Ready-to-use, convenient matching solutions for ... Cost-effective RNAi and downstream analysis ...
... Library Panels were designed for full-length gene ... PCRs to identify the desired cDNA clone. ... a 96-well "Master Plate," where each well ... identified the positive well(s) by gel electrophoresis ...
... Analysis System, which processes two 96-well plates and ... a higher level of throughput to the CEQ ... Beckman Coulters new GenomeLab family of products*, also ... series liquid handers, for increased automation. The ...
Biology Products: