Medical Student Education

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T2 Electives


A New Way of Inventing

Course Overview

This course focuses on taking graduate and senior capstone engineering and bioscience research projects to a commercial stage.  Not only does one need to take the research projects to an advanced engineering/bioscience stage in order to be commercialized, one needs to develop a competitive business plan, an intellectual property position, and a sustainable competitive advantage.

Additionally, this course explores the major economic and technological developments that are shaping the world, how to develop and sustain a competitive bioengineering or biotech start up firm, how to write a competitive business plan and the proper interaction with venture capitalists, lawyers and investment bankers through the entire business cycle.  All through this process, the importance of ethics is continually studied, stressed and examined.  Guest speakers are incorporated throughout the semester including a venture capitalist, a business ethicist, startup attorney, investment banker and several bioscience and biomedical engineering entrepreneurs

Contact Information

Course Director: Edward W. Karp (
Office Phone: 309-4950
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Grading Policy: Pass/Fail only

Enrollment: All bioscience, engineering, tropical health, medical students and any faculty member.  Elective is open to T1's & T2's. Maximum 24 students

Course Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.  Spring Semester 2017

Location:  Lindy Boggs building Rm. 104 (Uptown Campus)

Prerequisites: None, except an open mind. Class load is geared to a graduate

Sessions: 3 and 4 (Continuation of course material)

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112