The University of Colorado Certificate Program in Bioinnovation and Entrepreneurship: An Update and Current Status


  • Madhavan Parthasarathy University of Colorado Denver
  • David Forlani University of Colorado Denver
  • Arlen Meyers University of Colorado Denver



Bioentrepreneurship, business education, new programs, interdisciplinary education


The purpose of this paper is to provide an update and report the current status of the cross-campus University of Colorado Denver program in bioinnovation and entrepreneurship, details of which were first reported in the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology in 20125.  The paper outlines the joys and challenges of implementing an inter-campus program that attempts to marry cutting-edge biotechnology innovation with a solid business foundation.  The tremendous value offered by such a program, particularly to biotechnology and life-science researchers, is outlined. Operationalization and process issues such as differential tuition rates, distance between campuses, and class timing issues are considered, and solutions are offered.   Finally, recommendations are provided for other business schools considering a similar program.

Author Biographies

Madhavan Parthasarathy, University of Colorado Denver

Madhavan Parthasarathy is Jake Jabs Associate Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Denver.

David Forlani, University of Colorado Denver

David Forlani is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Colorado Denver. 

Arlen Meyers, University of Colorado Denver

Arlen Meyers is a Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology, Dentistry and Engineering, University of Colorado Denver. He is also President and CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs. 


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