Omaha Public Radio News
10:26 pm
Sun March 9, 2008

New Creighton University program focusing on the business of bioscience

Omaha, NE – Creighton University has a new entrepreneurship program focusing on the biosciences. The three-year program began this spring and 16 students from the business, law, and medical fields are enrolled.

Creighton Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Anne York created the program. She says the biosciences industry is in need of people who understand the business, legal, and medical aspects of that field. York says there's a great opportunity for growth of the biosciences industry in Omaha with two major research hospitals here.

The students are learning how to commercialize technology. That includes determining a project or invention's value, licensing issues, and how to present that invention or project to potential investors. This fall, the students will write business plans for projects and inventions coming out of the Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton Medical Center.

A $536,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Partnership for Innovation is funding the entrepreneurship program.