Boston area institutions are among the major innovation centers for the life sciences, chemistry and engineering. As highly motivated and independent subject matter experts, postdocs are drivers of much of this innovation and are well-positioned to be entrepreneurs. While many postdocs consider entrepreneurship as a career track, they may lack the background to successfully commercialize their discoveries. This panel aims to inform postdocs on the skills required to become successful entrepreneurs. The panel will also address questions on how research fellows can be a successful part of a team in this space.
Additionally, in this panel discussion, we will examine the key factors researchers should consider in deciding to commercialize their research. The discussion will include: 1) deciding what discoveries and inventions may make a viable commercial product, 2) using best practices in engaging and collaborating with institutional tech transfer offices and lab incubators, 3) obtaining seed funding and pitching investors, and 4) examining characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and startups.