Catalyst Program

The Catalyst Program is UCSF’s translational accelerator focused on advancing UCSF discoveries with clinical impact and commercial potential. The Catalyst Program aims to foster academic and industry collaborations as well as enhance education in early translational research and entrepreneurship. 

Catalyst Awards

The centerpiece of the Catalyst Program are Catalyst Awards that provide both industry advisor mentorship and seed funding to UCSF PIs with promising projects. The Catalyst Awards are focused on the development of therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices and digital health.

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The Fall 2018 application window begins on Monday, August 20, 2018, and ends on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 2PM PDT.

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Internships

The Catalyst Internship Program provides an opportunity to learn about early translational research and the process of translating academic discoveries into valuable products. It runs parallel to the Catalyst Awards and allows the Catalyst Interns to observe the events of the Catalyst Awards, the review process, and the unique interactions between the academic researchers and industry experts. Interns will have the opportunity to contribute to the project teams that are receiving Catalyst consultations. In addition, the interns will participate in small group discussions with Catalyst advisors on topics related to product development and careers in industry.

The internship will expose students to the industry perspective in evaluating the potential of scientific discoveries to lead to products. Students will develop appreciation for issues such as defining unmet needs, assessing commercialization potential and development feasibility for an early-stage idea, and defining key milestones on the development path. The program is of value to those interested in doing translational research, either in an academic or industry setting.

Fall 2018 Deadline: September 21, 2018

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Case Studies

Case-based teaching has been extensively used in business schools and offers an advantageous model for bridging the gap between concept and practice. To complement existing classroom training in entrepreneurship on campus, and to offer more flexible and modular learning opportunities to academic translational scientists, Catalyst program has developed a series of case studies as a part of the online educational curriculum. We identify the best representative cases (many from UCSF) aligned to the core principles of startup business, and interview the founders of these startup companies, in particular the academic innovators. These cases highlight the challenges and real-world lessons learned from academic translational research to commercially viable products.

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Catalyst + Plus

The Catalyst Program expanded to Catalyst + Plus, a new addition that aims to provide additional support to past Catalyst projects with a successful progress yet still seeking business advice and/or supplemental funding.

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Contact the Catalyst Program

For questions about the Catalyst Program please contact, [email protected] or one of our team members.

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