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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute (KU CTSI) is located in a region of the country known for entrepreneurship excellence. Entrepreneurship is a critical part of the new vision for the CTSA network, and Frontiers helps investigators achieve the skills and opportunities needed for entrepreneurial success. Frontiers has an Entrepreneurship Navigator and an IAMI Navigator to assist investigators accessing Frontiers and regional leaders and to receive relevant training.

Collaborates with partners:

  • Drugs
  • Devices
  • Diagnostics
  • Innovative development tools

Provides networking & mentorship:

  • Entrepreneurism
  • Intellectual property
  • Product development

Entrepreneurship training and support programs

Training and support for Frontiers investigators is a key goal for Frontiers. The University of Kansas offers a BioTech Startup School (Biotech StartupSchool@KU) each semester that is open to all Frontiers investigators and trainees. The University of Missouri-Kansas City offers a United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate Program as part of the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research program that is available to all Frontiers members. Support infrastructure offers programs at KU innovation and Collaboration including a Swift Startup License and Lunch and Learn Series for investigators, KCSourceLink, and Whiteboard2Boardroom. The KU Innovation Park provides space and business assistance to Frontiers startup companies. These resources all help Frontiers clinical research entrepreneurs bring their ideas to viable market and business opportunities.

Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI)

A specific resource for Frontiers investigators is the nationally known Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI) at KU, which focuses on translating laboratory and bedside discoveries into drug, diagnostic and medical device technologies. IAMI’s vision is to change the standard of care for pediatric, adolescent, adult and elderly patients suffering from diseases, including cancer and rare diseases, by bringing solutions to market. Leadership and experience in accomplishing commercialization can be transferred to help Frontiers investigators succeed in their specific areas of interest. With the help of a Frontiers navigator, investigators can gain access to mentorship, business advice and can apply for IAMI-specific pilot funding for promising research.

Health Sciences Entrepreneurship (HSE) Grand Rounds Monthly Seminar Series

The HSE Entrepreneurial Grand Rounds seminar series features successful and engaging scientists who have proven experience in entrepreneurial ventures sharing their stories via webcast.

Check the Frontiers Calendar for more information on upcoming presentations times and viewing locations.

Recorded presentations can be accessed via the University of Tennessee Health Science Centers website:

The HSE Entrepreneurial Grand Rounds seminar series is a collaboration between the University of Alabama Birmingham, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Last modified: Jan 08, 2022

Carolyn Vivian
Innovation Navigator

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