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Applications being accepted for Commercialization Fellows 'Discovery to Market' initiative

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From: Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology

The application process for the Fralin Health Sciences and Technology Commercialization Fellows Program for 2023 is now open. The program will select up to five doctoral candidates, postdocs, or research assistants/associates who conduct research in STEM-H fields at Virginia Tech. The Fralin Commercialization Fellows Program is a part of the Health Sciences and Technology office’s Discovery to Market initiative that utilizes Virginia Tech and other resources to assist with research commercialization. 

A Zoom information session is scheduled for noon on Feb. 8. Applications are due by Feb. 27. Most of the program takes place on Zoom, so selected Fellows can participate from anywhere.

By the program conclusion, Fellows must demonstrate their knowledge through a process of identifying a commercial idea, researching it with the support of a mentor, and presenting preliminary findings about the value proposition and market potential of the idea to a panel of entrepreneurs. Applicants are not required to have a commercial idea related to their research at the time of application.

The program is closely linked with the Roanoke-based RAMP (Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program) program for high-potential start-ups. Fellows will participate in the same Boot Camp program in late March as individuals from RAMP cohort companies. The Fellows program pays for the Fellows to participate in the Bootcamp. The Program will begin with a brief orientation in March and end in December, with a time commitment of no more than four hours a week (with the exception of the Boot Camp training program).

For more information, contact Hal Irvin, associate vice president for Health Sciences and Technology Outreach.

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