Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp Sign-up Extended to May 7

By Ben Boulden

The Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp will be held May 20-25. It is a joint initiative of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Arkansas INBRE, BioVentures and The Conductor, a public-private partnership with UCA and Startup Junkie. Arkansas INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) helps build research infrastructure across the state.

The residential camp is all-expenses-paid, and is funded through UAMS, Arkansas INBRE, BioVentures and the Conductor. Eligible students must have completed their sophomore year of college. Space permitting, there will be spots available for immediate graduates and graduate students.

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“We’re thrilled to partner with the Conductor to offer this camp again this year,” said Nancy Gray, Ph.D., director of BioVentures. “This camp is integral in creating a statewide, biomedical research infrastructure in Arkansas, and expands the state’s health sciences entrepreneurial network.”

The Conductor drives innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development in central Arkansas through high-impact programming, one-on-one consulting, commercialization support, talent development and collaboration.

The Boot Camp is an intensive, weeklong program during which students identify problems or opportunities in health care, and then work in interdisciplinary student teams to formulate new venture ideas, talk to potential customers, meet with influential faculty and work closely with mentors from the health care industry. The boot camp coaches the teams through everything from entity filing and intellectual property to creating a sustainable entrepreneurial team.

“This camp is emblematic of the Conductor’s mission to foster and nourish entrepreneurial talent within our state,” said Jeff Standridge, chief catalyst for the Conductor. “This camp creates opportunities to show students that there are viable career paths to entrepreneurship, and to introduce them to the vast experts and resources in the state’s health sciences.”

In 2017, the camp’s inaugural class had representation from 10 colleges and universities, empowering students from around the state with the knowledge and tools they need to think critically, learn entrepreneurial principles and launch innovative ventures. Additionally, the camp offers leadership, team building and other recreational experiences in Conway.

BioVentures is a technology commercialization organization and startup incubator focused on promoting a biomedical technology industry for Arkansas and translating research into products that benefit human health. BioVentures links the health care research minds to global markets to advance Arkansas’ scientific and economic development.

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; northwest Arkansas regional campus; statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Myeloma Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,834 students, 822 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.