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✍️One of the goals of SPARK is to teach academic scholars the principles of the development of drugs, medical and diagnostic devices with focus on topics, which are relevant for translational medicine. This teaching approach covers also the principles of Entrepreneurship with exposure to fields such as Legal, Finance or Industry.

SPARK Global Resources

Video "TEDMED: SPARKing a New Generation in Translational Research – Prof. Daria Mochly-Rosen

In 2006, Professor Daria Mochly-Rosen created and founded the SPARK program at Stanford University in the USA. She serves as President and Founder of the SPARK Global organization.

SPARK is an extraordinary link between the university and industry sectors that aims to provide the training and mentoring necessary to take medical discoveries from research to application. Worldwide, the SPARK model has now been adopted in more than 70 institutes.

"A Practical Guide to Drug Development in Academia”written by Daria Mochly-Rosen and Kevin Grimes; 2023, Stanford USA


What surprised an academician ?

If you want to be sure that your invention will never benefit patients, publish your idea and data before filing a patent. Exclusive and preferably worldwide intellectual propery rights are essential to recoup the huge developpement costs of new frugs and biologics ; without IP protection, no one will develop your drug. Daria Mochly-Rosen (2014)

A patent is the grant of a property right to the inventor by an authority for an invention. A patent provides protection when the patent owner discloses the invention publicly as it exclude others from making use of this particular invention for a limited period, generally 20 years from the filing date of the application. Patents are a form of intellectual property. An invention must meet certain basic criteria to be patentable.Before filing a patent application, it is recommended to carry out a prior patent search.

Resources at your disposal :

  • ✍️ From patent search to filing a patent application, get the help of SATT Aquitaine, Bordeaux University Office of Technology Transfert Technology


The entrepreneur's journey to success is a long and exciting journey. Entrepreneurs develop a business idea and turn it into a viable business model, leading to a very small beginning enterprise. Ultimately, along this journey, the entrepreneur will cross paths with a wide variety of people such as businesspeople, lawyers and investors. Hence, embarking on the entreprenurial journey will also require different types of skills including business and finance skills.

From Business Idea to Business Model

From idea to business, entrepreneurs need to develop a solid business model that outlines their value proposition, target market, revenue streams, and key resources. They should also conduct market research and financial analysis to ensure the viability of their business idea.

  • ✍️ Bordeaux University GRP Lab - a tool for describing your storytelling
  • ✍️ Impact Canvas ­— a tool for describing the impact of research
  • ✍️ Mon Pass Créa by BPI France, free online resources : Pitch Deck, Business Plan...

Raising Money

Lessons on Business and Entrepreneurship

Self-Study Courses and Boot Camps

  • ✍️ Wall Street Prep is a global financial training firm founded by a group of JP Morgan investment bankers. A variety of self-study courses and virtual boot camps are offered by Wall Street Prep, such as Demystifying VC Term Sheets & Cap Tables.
  •  ✍️ Launch by Station F, fully online program, to learn the basics of entrepreneurship and build your first pitch deck.