Biomedical innovation commercialization training program

Develop a new way of thinking about research

The I-Corps@ NCATS program is a five-week course, based on the National Science Foundation I-Corps and I-Corps at NIH Entrepreneurial Training Program. It combines business model training with a customer discovery process and helps teams accelerate the business development process and to apply to a national program at NSF or NIH.

The ultimate goal of this Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) Biomedical Innovation Program offering is to improve the health of our communities by accelerating the translation of new discoveries from research labs into new treatments and cures for patients.

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Apply by Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m.

The program is appropriate for individuals or teams of clinicians, scientists, postdocs, residents, graduate/medical students or entrepreneurs with an early-stage biomedical innovation or idea. Non-OHSU participants are welcome.

What you’ll learn

  • Determine the commercial viability of your innovation.
  • Create a successful business case to secure funding and attract collaborators.
  • Learn how to “get out of the building” and talk to potential customers, partners and competitors.
  • Further your research idea and gain preliminary data for research and SBIR/STTR proposals.
  • Develop a new way of thinking about research.


Questions? Email Melissa Mudd (​

The course blends synchronous and asynchronous learning. This workshop carries no cost to you but requires registration by Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m.

Participants commit to attending all sessions.

  • Pre-course orientation: Friday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Week 1: Friday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Week 2: Office hours — times are flexible
  • Week 3: Friday, Oct. 1, 9-11 a.m.
  • Week 4: Office hours — times are flexible
  • Week 5: Final Presentations. Friday, Oct. 15

Teaching team

  • Edmund Pendleton, director, NSF SBIR Bootcamp; lead instructor, NSF and NIH I-Corps; University of Maryland
  • Juan Barraza, director Student Innovation, Portland State University
  • Tom Barrett, associate professor, OHSU and Portland VA
  • Ann Demaree, Sr. VP Business Development, Cardiac Insight
  • Nicholas Kenyon, professor, Pulmonary Critical Care, UC Davis
  • Ramya Raman, medical science liaison, Eisai
  • Dick Rylander, Executive-in-Residence, OHSU

Questions? Email Melissa Mudd (​