Global Entrepreneurship Online Class

Entrepreneurship for Life Science and Healthcare Startups: Master Class Direct from Silicon Valley

– Class Starts September 30 –


Registration       Course Description       Syllabus

This class will provide the information and the tools to help you create a winning business plan and investor pitch. Guided by renowned entrepreneurship practitioners from the life science/healthcare powerhouse UCSF and the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem, you will learn practical information, not theory, to help you succeed.

Our guest lecturers from Silicon Valley are dedicated experts who live and breathe the life science/healthcare sector daily. They will relate essential understanding about the challenges, dynamics, timeframes, regulation and capital needs you will face in a startup.

The class is intended for anyone with an interest in life science/healthcare entrepreneurship, whether curious, exploring the possibility of starting a company, already involved in a startup, in a corporation seeking to innovate, an accelerator/incubator or a government economic development group.  Preregister by clicking below.

Guest Lecturers

These Silicon Valley guest lecturers will be teaching this fall:


Sylvaine Cases, PhD, VP Oncology Scientific Innovation, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson

David Morris, MD, Operating Partner, Novartis Venture Fund

Winnie Wan, PhD, MBA Board Director, Life Science Angels

Teresa Toller, Head of Talent, Arsenal Bio (Series A company)

Ryan Howard, Founder/ Chairman/CEO, 100Plus (serial entrepreneur)

Beth Andersen, MBA, California Plan President, Anthem Health (health system)

Geetha Rao, PhD, CEO, Springborne Life Sciences (regulatory consultant)

Lynne Chou O’Keefe, MBA, Founder and Managing Partner, Define Ventures, former Managing Director, Kleiner Perkins

Errol Arkilic, PhD, CEO, M34 Capital

Todd Esker, JD, MS, Partner, Morgan Lewis

Zachary Hill, PhD, Founder/CEO, Soteria Biotherapeutics


Course Content

•       Whether you have an entrepreneurial mindset

•       Factors that make entrepreneurs successful

•       Differences between a corporation and a startup environment

•       How to validate an idea or product as a commercial opportunity

•       Determining your prospective customers 

•       Assessing product/market fit 

•       Finding the best business model

•       Components of a business plan

•       Building a winning team to execute on the plan

•       Establishing a corporate culture

•       Protecting your invention through the legal system

•       Types of intellectual property 

•       The role of regulation worldwide and the FDA model

•       How costs are reimbursed in the United States

•       Selling to health systems 

•       Partnering with pharmaceutical companies

•       Finding investors who fund early stage companies

•       Learning the needs of angel investors and how they invest

•       How venture capital works

•       3 essential investment criteria 

•       Communicating your business plan to investors successfully

•       Mistakes entrepreneurs make that you can avoid