Roundtable Discussion on Sandberg’s Lean In

  • July 11 06:07pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

Advancing Women in Science and Engineering (AWiSE) presents a roundtable discussion about Sheryl Sandberg’s acclaimed book, Lean In. We welcome several esteemed UCLA faculty and industry leaders to facilitate discussions on how to create a successful work-life balance in the professional world. Both women and men are invited to attend. Discussions will be followed by a networking hour and light refreshments.

July 25th
UCLA Gonda Building, First Floor Conference Room



Lenore Arab, PhD
UCLA Professor Department of Medicine

Lucinda Brown, MS
Founder of Trillamar WebCraft

Vanessa Graham, MBA
Amgen, Executive Director, Global Program Management and Strategic Operations

Kristin Hiibner, PhD, JD
Karish & Bjorgum, Intellectual Property Attorney

Larraine Segil, JD, MBA,
Chair of Foundation and Vice-Chair of Governing Board at The Committee of 200


Please click here to register, we look forward to seeing you soon. 




2013 Venture Team Competition Summary

  • May 22 06:05pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

The BSC would like to thank all those in attendance at our third annual Venture Team Competition. The judging panel was pleased with the quality of the presentations from the five finalist pitches. After careful deliberation, the video-guided chest-tube insertion, “Visitube” team led by Robert Cameron M.D. was chosen to receive the grand prize of $30,000 in proof-of-concept funding.


This year, the people’s choice was awarded to the breast support and immobilization device “Airfix” team led by Ke Sheng Ph.D. We look forward to the continued success of the teams and would like to thank all judges, sponsors, faculty, and students for your participation.


Grand Prize: “Visitube”


Robert Cameron, Supin Chen, Saina Ghandchi, Derek Wang

 People’s Choice: “Airfix”


Aida Attar, Raj Pai, Greg Bare, Ke Sheng, (not pictured Jingying Xu)


Consulting articles from The Economist

  • May 15 05:05pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

Two articles from May 11th, 2013 print edition of The Economist.

The life of a young consultant: PowerPoint Rangers

Management consulting: To the brainy, the spoils

Paid Summer Consulting Project

  • April 23 04:04pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

Paid Summer Consulting Project through the UCLA Business of Science Center


The UCLA Business of Science Center (BSC) is recruiting graduate students or postdocs with a background in business, life science, medicine, public health, or public policy to create an Economic Impact Report for our clinical translational research collaborators in San Diego.   This is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated graduate students who desire to gain experience in consulting, project management, and managing client relationships.


A team of UCLA graduate students recruited and managed by the BSC will provide a thorough analysis addressing the economic impact a center similar to the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute has had on the San Diego area.  The BSC team will utilize their relationships with Southern California Biomedical Council, UCLA CTSI, and UCLA faculty to assist the students in fully evaluating the economic impact of the center.


Each student will receive a competitive stipend for working on this project. They will also have a limited travel budget. The hours of work are flexible, but it is estimated that the students will work 15-20 hours per week on this project through the summer plus make revisions to their report during the month of October.


May 13th, 2013 – Last applications accepted

June 7th, 2013 – Final selection of graduate student team members announced

June 17th, 2013 – Graduate students begin working on the project

September 4th, 2013 – Report submitted to clients for review

October 1st, 2013 – Comments and requests for revisions submitted to BSC by the client

November 1st, 2013 – Final report submitted to the client

Application Process:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Please submit a cover letter stating your interest in this project and relevant experience, a resume, and one letter of reference or reference contact information to Brittany Berry-Pusey at no later than May 13th.  If you have questions about the position, please email Dr. Berry-Pusey.


“What are You Going to Do with Your PhD?”

  • April 18 03:04pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

Practical Advice for Starting an Industry Career
Thursday, April 25th
3:30 – 5:30 pm, NRB Auditorium

Where are the non-academic jobs for PhDs? What do employers look for? How should you prepare yourself in this competitive job market? Please join the BSC for an insightful discussion on various career opportunities in industry, followed by a networking hour with the panelists. Please click here to RSVP.


Holly Carlisle, Senior Scientist, Amgen Inc.
Lara Dueppen, Patent Attorney, Perkins Coie LLC.
Jennifer Keppler, President and COO, ImaginAb Inc.
Beth Neely, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at St. Jude Medical Inc.


2013 Venture Team Competition Finalists

  • April 16 04:04pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

The Business of Science Center is pleased to announce the finalists of the 3rd annual Venture Team Competition. We would like to thank all Primary Investigators and student teams who participated in the Venture Team Program this past year for your hard work and collaboration on each project. Every year, we are more impressed by the quality of the technologies and the advancement of these exciting projects.

The 2013 Venture Team Competition will be held on May 20th. Each team will deliver an investment-style pitch to a panel of experienced judges who will evaluate the potential of the technologies. Teams will compete for the grand prize of $30,000 in proof-of-concept funds to accelerate the technology toward commercialization.

Congratulations, Finalists:

1. “Video-Guided Chest Tube Insertion System”
-Robert Cameron MD

2. “Improved Cast”
-Ben Wu DDS, PhD; Emily Loughran, MBA

3. “Superalarms-Predictive Combination of Alarms”
-Xiao Hu, PhD

4. “Breast Support and Immobilization Device for Radiotherapy”
-Ke Sheng, PhD

5. “3D Transurethral Catheter-Based Ultrasound System for Multi-Modal Fusion in Prostate Imaging”
-Martin Culjat, PhD

More information will be provided on the details of the event as the date approaches. If you are not already registered on our weekly mailing list, please take a moment to sign up to receive all updates regarding new technologies, events, and networking sessions hosted by the BSC.

MGMT 180-Business Plan Development

  • March 14 05:03pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

Information Session for “MGMT 180 – Business Plan Development”

Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:15 PM – 6 PM

Location:  D-310 Cornell (Anderson complex)

Professor Wilson will provide a brief overview of this new class offering on business plan development and answer any questions students may have.  This event also provides an opportunity to network with fellow students interested in the class.  All majors are welcome.

Course Description

This course presents the fundamentals of developing an effective business plan, both in presentation and written form. It teaches the basic principles of designing and articulating plans for the sales, marketing, product or service, operations, financials, management and staffing functions of a new startup business.

The Business Plan Development course objectives are for students to: learn how to develop a well written investment quality business plan and business plan presentation; understand the various analytical processes required to produce such a plan; improve their writing and oral presentation skills; and to formally present their business plan to an audience of angel and venture capital investors.

Teams will consist of four or five students to develop a business plan. Students can either form teams ahead of time or sign up individually and join teams on the first day of class.  Students are encouraged to develop plans for their own personally initiated ventures.  Before the start of the term, students can e-mail Prof. Wilson a brief (less than one page) executive summary describing their business idea.  In addition to student generated ideas, the professors will provide additional potential business ideas for teams to consider.  On the first day of class, students with a business idea will present it to the class to try and build a team.  If they cannot recruit a full team to join them in their venture, the student will join another team.

CTSI Open House

  • March 04 05:03pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

Announcing New Services and Funding Opportunities! Enjoy Food, Raffles, and Giveaways

The CTSI will host an open house to showcase the new Clinical Translational Research Center in Weswtood. Investigators, research teams, sponsors and all others interested are welcome to share their research, network, and learn about this premier research facility.


CTRC/CTRL leadership, Nursing, Study Coordinator, Regulatory, Informatics, Bionutrition, Pharmacy, and other experts will be on hand to discuss pre-study preparation, the application process, pricing, and the supportive environment.

UCLA Center for the Health Sciences (CHS) BE-144 CHS 

THURSDAY, MARCH 21st, 2013 

3:00 – 5:30 PM 

CTSI Open House


UCLA CTSI Drug Development Seminar Series

  • February 25 07:02pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

“From the Bench to the Clinic”


The UCLA Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will host a therapeutic drug development series beginning in March and running through August 2013.

Presentations will highlight the scientific, practical, and business aspects of drug discovery and development. Hosting this series will be Dr. Michael Palazzo whose bio is listed below:


Mondays, 4:00 pm at NRB auditorium

The workshop series, led by Dr. Michael Palazzolo, UCLA Visiting Professor, aims to spark discussion about the scientific, practical, and business aspects of drug discovery and development.

Mar 4th: The Business of Therapeutics

Apr 1st: Process Mapping

May 6th: Targets and Biomarkers

Jun 3rd: Strategic Planning (Location: CHS 63-105)

Jul 1st: Small Molecule Drug Development

Aug 5th: Therapeutic Antibodies


Official Flyer

Certificate Program

  • February 13 08:02pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

The Business of Science Center has launched a new Certificate Program, which educates students in the unique set of principles residing at the intersection of business, science, and innovation. Certificate program participants will have engaged in discussions and team projects that develop and reinforce the business, technical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in their careers.

Two tiers of certificates are offered: one that requires active participation and learning, and a second that incorporates a leadership component.



Certificate in the Business of Science

The Certificate in the Business of Science will be awarded to students who have demonstrated competence inthe principles in business, science, and entrepreneurship. This program requires active participation in 12 discussion sessions over a six-month period, participation in at least one venture team and completion of one relevant course.


-12 meeting attendances over 6 months (Weekly Meeting Schedule)

-Contribution on at least 1 Venture Team

Certificate of Leadership in the Business of Science

The Certificate of Leadership in the Business of Science will be awarded to students who have demonstrated an advanced understanding of the principles in business, science, and entrepreneurship.  They will have initiated and led discussions and team projects that develop and reinforce the business, technical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in a corporate environment.  This program requires participation in 18 meetings over a one-year period, two venture teams, and one relevant course. Additionally, this program requires participants to organize and lead or moderate a discussion topic for a weekly meeting.


-18 meeting attendances over 12 months (Weekly Meeting Schedule)

-Participation in 2 Venture Teams and presentation given during competition

-Organize and lead a discussion topic



Please send an e-mail to, including the following information:

1. Name

2. Standing (Undergrad, grad, postdoc, etc.), Major, and Year

3. Resume / CV

4. What you are hoping to get out of the Certificate Program (Business skills, networking, etc)?

5. Topics you would like to see covered in the discussion sessions

6. Your career goals


Course Options

Coursework focused on entrepreneurship will supplement lectures, meetings, and seminars given by the Business of Science Center. A suggested, but non-exhaustive list of course options are provided below below.

Molecular and Medical Pharmacology

286/287. Business of Science: Exploring Entrepreneurship. (4)

199/596. Directed Individual Research – Doumani. (4)

Anderson School of Management

298D. Technology Commercialization and Innovation (4)

295A. Entrepreneurship and Venture Initiation (4)

295C. Corporate Entrepreneurship (4)

266A. New Product Development (4)


233A/B. Advancing Bioengineering Innovations. (4)

C172/272. Design of Minimally Invasive Surgical Tools. (4)

298. From Bench to Bedside: How to Develop and Commercialize New Products. (4)


110. Introduction to Technology Management and Economics for Engineers. (4)

111. Introduction to Finance and Marketing for Engineers. (4)

112. Laboratory to Market, Entrepreneurship for Engineers. (4)

113. Product Strategy. (4)

200. Program Management Principles for Engineers and Professionals. (4)

 Health Management and Policy

200A-200B. Health Systems Organization and Financing. (4-4)

M204A-M204B-M204C. Seminars: Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy. (1-1-2)

205. Pharmaceutical Policy. (4)

436. Healthcare Financial Management. (4)

440A. Healthcare Information Systems and Technology. (4)

445. Healthcare Marketing. (2 to 4)