2019 | Neurotech Entrepreneurs Workshop

12:00 pm
Phoenix, Arizona

2019 | Neurotech Entrepreneurs Workshop

This event is an IEEE N3XT® Affiliate Event and will include panel sessions, workshops, & seminars that focus on the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in neuroscience and neural engineering as it relates to the topic of the event on the whole.

Since the launch of the BRAIN initiative in 2013, public awareness of the burden and complexity of neurological disease has increased. This spotlight has attracted new researchers and trainees from many fields to study neuroscience and neural engineering, many of whom have been inspired to develop innovative technology and techniques for diagnosing and treating diseases of the nervous system. The opportunity to create new technologies that will significantly impact society has also attracted high-profile entrepreneurs, seeking to bring disruptive neurotechnologies to mainstream markets.  Additionally, companies like GSK, Verily (Alphabet/Google), Neuralink, Kernel, and others are making major investments in neurotechnology, further accelerating growth in the number and variety of neurotechnology startup companies in the US and around the globe.

Many of the new innovation leaders in the neurotech startup world are people fresh out of graduate school or post-doctoral training positions. While many trainees may entertain thoughts of entrepreneurship, the classic university lab offers little preparation for such pursuits. Moreover, the professional networking opportunities afforded by most scientific conferences are typically limited to academic scientists rather than entrepreneurs.

The target audience for this workshop includes graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and other early-career professionals in the neuroscience and neural engineering fields; the goal is to inspire and empower those with aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur. Workshop facilitators will include leaders representing key stakeholder groups in the neurotechnology innovation ecosystem, including professional societies (IEEE), academia, government, and small and large companies.

Enrollment in this workshop will be limited to 30 trainees.

Organizers: IEEE Brain, NSF IUCRC BRAIN Center, University of Pittsburgh
Local Host: Arizona State University School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Phoenix, Arizona
Dates: December 13-15, 2019

Application deadline: September 1, 2019   
Acceptance notices: October 1, 2019
Commitments: October 15, 2019

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