WE-REACH Biomedical Innovation Bootcamp

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Learn the steps to move from idea to launch and meet the mentors who can guide you along the way.

Hosted by a coalition of campus partners, the Bootcamp is put on through the new WE-REACH (Washington Entrepreneurial Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub, please visit https://www.uw.edu/we-reach) biomedical entrepreneurship hub in partnership with the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, CoMotion, and the Institute of Translational Health Sciences.

This program is designed for academic innovators whether they be students or investigators. The team needs to come with an idea they think has potential for impact. Ideas can be from a broad range of biomedical categories including medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, biotech, digital health, mobile apps, and laboratory tools. The Bootcamp will help the team delve into the competitive landscape, understand regulatory processes, estimate costs and revenues, and be alert to legal issues.

Participants from all local research institutions are welcome to apply. Remote participation may be possible. If interested inquire with Terri Butler, TLButler@uw.edu. A maximum of 21 teams will be accepted.

*Deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Dates: Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14 (Fridays)
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: UW Seattle Campus, Fluke Hall, 3rd floor
(Timing integrates well with the CoMotion I-Corps customer discovery training. If interested contact Magali Eaton <dienym@uw.edu>)

The WE-REACH Biomedical Innovation Bootcamp meets for 2 hours once a week over 5 weeks. This is a starter bootcamp aimed at teams that are new to innovation and commercialization processes. More advanced teams are welcome to participate if they would like to continue developing their business models and building mentor connections. We use the Lean Startup process.

• The bootcamp uses a reverse classroom approach with video lectures provided each week so teams come prepared to work with their mentors and hear real-world input from guest speakers at the in-person meetings.
• During the first hour of each weekly meeting teams will break out into groups where they will present updates to expert mentors using the Lean Canvas process.
• The second hour of the weekly meetings will consist of a moderated fireside chat with a group of 3-4 professionals with expertise in that week’s topic area. Teams hear from these experts and have the option to connect for deeper conversations in customer discovery interviews.
• Between the weekly meetings teams will interview as many real-world contacts as they can to quickly prove or disprove their assumptions about their innovations. The goal is to do at least 10 interviews per week. These interviews help teams understand where their innovation fits, what needs to be done to further its development, where project/company funding might come from, how the end product or service would be launched and other critical information.

Additional questions? Email Terri Butler, TLButler@uw.edu
Team/Organization Name
Primary contact First and Last name
Primary contact email address
Primary contact phone number
One sentence description of the biomedical product or service you plan to launch. (30 word max)
What is the healthcare problem you are solving? [Why is this a significant problem? What evidence do you have that this problem needs a new solution?] (250 word max)
List additional team members, departments, and email addresses.
Have you worked with the Lean Canvas before?
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