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Innovative Thinking at Ursinus Showcased at Life Sciences Future Conference

Innovation across the region was celebrated in Philadelphia this week at the Life Sciences Future conference.  Dr. Rebecca Roberts (Biology) and Biology major Dominic Cohen (class of 2019) presented about how Ursinus cultivates innovative thinkers through such courses as Innovation in Biology, first taught by Roberts in spring 2017.

Roberts developed the course with the support of the U-IMAGINE Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies.  The U-IMAGINE Center challenges students to identify opportunities and take action using ethical, entrepreneurial thinking.  The Innovation in Biology course approaches biology through the lens of innovation – identification of problems and pathways to solutions.  Through the use of case studies, primary literature, and discussion students are introduced to historical and current innovations in biology. Students explore the relationships between innovative science, funding, ethics, intellectual property (patents), biotechnology, and business.  Guest speakers foster the class conversation and students interview CEO/CSO’s of local companies as part of their final project in order to understand what goes into developing a successful biotech or life science industry company.