Entrepreneurship Team

Mark Chance, PhD, Vice Dean for Research

Ofer Reizes, PhD, NCAI Director for Skills Development

A lack of adequate understanding of the requirements for commercialization and funding create major impediments to translation of bench research to the bedside. In support of CTSC efforts on innovation and education, the CTSC has partnered with the Cleveland Clinic to pilot an NSF I-Corps Hub for drug development (led by Dr. Ofer Reizes) in collaboration with the NIH National Center for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI) that includes CTSC partners across Cleveland and Ohio. We utilize the I-Corps model to train investigators in the Lean Launchpad Business Model and coordinate with other skills development programs of the Office of Translation and Innovation.

CWRU Venture Mentoring Program

The CVMP provides CWRU biomedical researchers with unbiased, confidential team mentoring in order to develop, inspire and empower their pursuit of commercial opportunities in the biomedical space. Our mentoring program originated from the successful MIT Venture Mentor Service, with customizations to fit the needs of the researchers here at CWRU. Team mentoring offers a wide range of expertise and advice from a pool of local industry experts, providing a wide range of experiences and disciplines essential to product development and commercialization. Mentors are volunteers drawn from local businesses all over the Greater Cleveland area including lawyers, consultants, translational officers, CEOs/CSOs, company founders and venture capitalists.

Eligible entrepreneurs include post-docs, graduate students, staff scientists, and junior faculty drawn from CWRU translational research programs in health, medicine and biotechnology across campus and affiliate hospitals. Currently we are in our second year of the program and excited to add entrepreneurs and mentors to our successfully growing program.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or entrepreneur or know of someone that might be interested, please contact us at cvmp@case.edu.