1. Bioentrepreneur – Nature Biotechnology’s portal dedicated to scientists interested in commercializing their research. Articles related to Entrepreneurship, Technology transfer, Business Development, Partnering/Licensing etc.
2. US Small Business Administration – An independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns.
3. “How to start a biotech company” by Adriana Tajonar. Informative article on biotech entrepreneurship published in Molecular Biology of the Cell (2014).
4. “Six secrets to success: how to build a sustainable biotech business” by Francesco De Rubertis (partner) and Roman Fleck (principal) at Index Ventures, Geneva, Switzerland and Werner Lanthaler CEO at Evotec AG, Hamburg, Germany. Published in Nature Biotechnology (2009).
5. The Entrepreneurs Guide to a Biotech Startup – Peter Kolchinsky (Free book). Insights on biotechnology venture creation from entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys, and other professionals.
6. Biotechnology Entrepreneurship: Starting, Managing, and Leading Biotech. A multi-contributor book written to teach, train and inspire entrepreneurs, managers and biotechnology industry professionals
7. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Book by Peter Thiel.
1. TMCX – TMC Innovation Institute – Provides startup companies with shared workspace, a tailored curriculum, variety of workshops and hands-on events to gain insights from experts in the health care industry.
2. JLABS@TMC, an incubator that provides startups with space, state of art equipment, prototype laboratories. Access to therapeutic experts in J&J strategic areas of interest and to industry partners.
3. Houston Technology Center (HTC), largest technology business incubator providing in-depth strategic and tactical business guidance, fundraising advice, and connecting companies to opportunities, allies, and capital.
4. AT&T Foundry for Connected Health, support commercialization of novel technology with a focus on digital health innovations.
1. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Global resource for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation.
2. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Federal agency website providing basic information about patents, copyrights and trademarks.
3. USPTO Startup Partnership Initiative, Contains links, information and assistance for startup businesses.
4. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Basics, Toolkit and Resources, U.S. government tools and resources on intellectual property rights.
5. Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) – Nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing research to life by supporting and enhancing the global academic technology transfer profession through education, professional development, partnering and advocacy.
6. Intellectual Property Essentials for Academic Researchers A online course provided by University of California System to raise IP awareness among faculty and researchers.
A. Seed Capital
1. Ten Tips for Raising Startup Capital in Biotech, Guidelines on successful fund raising for biotech startups.
2. Best practices to seek seed funding, article featured on entrepreneur.com.
3. Full Ratchet, Series of Podcasts geared towards start up investing
B. Dilutive Funding
4. National Venture Capitals Association (NVCA), Serves as the definitive resource for venture capital data, including legal documents, statistics and studies.
5. Alliance of Texas Angel Network (ATAN), Supports growth of startup activity around Texas, lists accredited investors and active angle groups.
6. Houston Angel Network (HAN), Resources for entrepreneurs and startups
C. Non-dilutive/Grant Funding
7. Government Grants Summary of funding opportunities available from 26 federal agencies, resources to search and apply for the grants.
8. National Science Foundation – Resources for funding opportunities, policies and proposal for science and engineering technology.
9. National Institute of Health (NIH) – The official publication for Government research grants, grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities.
10. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)- Resources describing government industry grants, program goals and directives for the SBIR and STTR program.
11. Non-Dilutive Financing for Biotech Startups, an article from Trade Secrets a Nature Biotechnology Blog
BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS
1. Business Model Generation (BMG), Book written by Osterwalder and Pigneur that provides practical tools to understand, design and implement a new business model or renovate an old one.
2. Value Proposition Design (VPD), book that provides information on generating products and services customers want to buy.
3. Talking to Humans, book on customer development by Giff Constable.
4. The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company, book by Bob Dorf and Steve Blank
5. I-Corps, A NSF resource providing courses designed to move products from the lab to costumers.
6. Startup Tools– Steve Blank, Tools include books on Silicon Valley History and free entrepreneurial articles from Harvard Business Review.
7. The 20 Minute Business Plan, background information and templates for business model canvas generation.