September 18, 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.