Course Summary

In Concept to Commercialization, known as C2C, participants will learn the process of transforming research into innovations with commercial potential. They will learn about business, the realities of entrepreneurship, and the creative process to translate research into commercial success. The course provides a hands-on component which will allows participants to apply the development/commercialization process to their own ideas – with the help of small teams of fellow attendees.

  • Starts: October 5, 2016
  • Ends: December 7, 2016
  • Alumni Hall, Room 528
  • Runs for 9 weeks
  • Every Wednesday, 6-9PM
  • Registration is required as space is limited


Topics covered include how to:

  • Recognize the commercial potential of a scientific discovery
  • Protect the intellectual property
  • Disclose the invention to the university
  • Initiate the university licensing process
  • Talk with customers and potential users of the innovation
  • Conduct validating experiments
  • Clarify the scientist’s expected role and responsibilities as the process moves towards commercialization



“This class has been a real pleasure!” -Michael Laundau, MD, Assistant Professor, Pathology, School of Medicine


“It was a pleasure taking [the] course and pursuing our project ideas.” -Balaji Palanisamy, Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information




This course is taught by Babs Carryer, director of education and outreach for the Innovation Institute, who is an entrepreneur and educator with many years’ experience.


Registration is temporarily closed. C2C will be offered again in the fall of 2017.