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Entrepreneurship Programs


The Bench to Bedside Initiative (BBI) builds teams around patented technologies at Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University. It began as a graduate student club in 2010 and has resulted in the creation numerous seed-funded life sciences startups. Today it unites scientists from these medical universities and professionals in New York City interested in entrepreneurship and/or venture capital in the life sciences. BBI's mission is to provide scientists in the community with the tools needed to translate their ideas into commercial products that will benefit patients. BBI is supported by a group of 70+ mentors and has facilitated over $25,000+ in cash and service prizes from sponsors for teams throughout the years. This is an excellent way for anyone interested in entrepreneurship in the healthcare field to get started. 

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Entrepreneurial scientists apply and are selected to take part in an exciting 8-week intensive mentoring program to build and refine a complete business plan. Teams then compete at a final Pitch Day in front of a panel of esteemed judges.

Find the application for the 2018 Biomedical Business Plan Challenge here

Register for the 2018 Biomedical Business Plan Challenge 

At the 2017 inaugural Biomedical Business Plan Challenge, teams competed for $50,000 in cash prizes and $35,000 in legal services from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

2017 Teams included:
OneThree Biotech: OneThree Biotech uses artificial intelligence to identify the targets and side effects of drugs in development. OneThree’s proprietary platform helps our clients by identifying their binding targets and any corresponding side-effects with 90% accuracy in only 1 week.

BrainTrak: Our EEG technology measures selective attention. The technology may be applied in market research to provide a more complete assessment of a consumer’s responsiveness to market research stimuli and to improve the development and testing of advertisements.

iDu Optics LLC: iDu Optics is an imaging adapter for microscope and portable electronic devices. We designed a device to perfectly align the light path of your microscope with your iPhone in less than 10 seconds.

2017 Judges included:

David Fischell, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Angel Medical Systems, Inc.

Andrew Schiff, MD, Managing Partner, Aisling Capital

Vincent Tang, Principal, Samsung NEXT


The annual Dean’s Entrepreneurship Lab Startup Symposium is a celebration of entrepreneurship for the Weill Cornell Medicine community. The event brings together members of the community interested in learning about innovative biomedical and health care startups. The inaugural 2017 Startup Symposium took place in January and included 7 presentations, over 15 posters in the poster session, and was followed by a networking session with scientists, clinicians, investors, and business professionals.

2017 Speakers included:

  • Lewis C. Cantley, PhD, Co-Founder, Agios Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AGIO); Co-Founder, Petra Pharma; Professor of Cancer Biology in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine; Meyer Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine/Ronald P. Stanton Clinical Cancer Program at New York-Presbyterian
  • Juan R. Cubillos-Ruiz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology in Obstetrics and Gynecology; Instructor of Microbiology and Immunology in Medicine
  • 2017 Presenters included: Acuamark Diagnostics, Inc.; Nomad Health; Twiage; OneThree Biotech; Immunovent

    Email if interested in participating in the 2018 Startup Symposium 


The IP & Biotech Due Diligence Workshops teach scientists and clinicians the steps necessary to turn a business plan built around a scientific discovery/invention into an investable startup company. The Workshops are taught by experts in the IP field and take place twice a year. Interested participants are required to sign up in advance of the classes.

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The Dean's Entrepreneurship Lab regularly hosts hands-on Arduino and Electronics workshops in the new ELab MakerSpace. These programs are designed to encourage innovative/inventive thinking in the biomedical space and to teach inventors how to get started with electronics. 

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The Dean's Entrepreneurship Lab regularly hosts a computation and medical device interest group in the new ELab MakerSpace. These programs are designed to encourage innovative/inventive thinking in the computational & medical device space and to encourage collaboration between our inventors. 

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The Dean’s Entrepreneurship Lab hosts a number of meetups and events focused on innovation specifically focused on 3D printing. These events bring together clinicians, scientists, and engineers to discuss ideas and brainstorm prototype projects for the new Dean's E-Lab makerspace.

Email if interested in upcoming 3D Printer meetings or the new makerspace in the Dean’s Entrepreneurship Lab 


The Community Matchmaking events bring together a diverse group of people from academic research, technology, healthcare/medicine and the business communities to address innovation in healthcare. These events enable inventors to meet potential team members to form successful teams. Attendees are comprised of specialists in business, legal, technology and medical research—and are interested in working with patented life science technologies with BBI members.