MDI Biological Laboratory

Biotechnology and Bioentrepreneurship: From the Laboratory to the Market: Colby College 2024

A short course for students from Colby College.


Biotechnology/Bioentrepreneurship is among the fastest-growing sectors of entrepreneurship, experiencing rapid acceleration over the past several years.  Biotechnology is the harnessing of biological processes and systems to solve scientific problems.  In biomedicine, for example, we use biotechnology to study diseases, develop and test drugs, and apply principles of engineering to biological systems.  Bioentrepreneurship is the transformation of biotechnology into a commercially marketable enterprise, such as pharmaceuticals and medical technology.  This course will explore drug development and biotechnological advances, from the laboratory to clinical trials through startup companies and marketing.

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Andrea Tilden

Colby College

About the Maine INBRE program

This short course is supported and organized by the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).

Maine is one of 23 states that have been identified by the National Institutes of Health as having historically received low levels of NIH funding. The INBRE program was established to strengthen research networks in each of these states, so that they could become more competitive for federal research grants. In Maine, our network is comprised of 14 institutions, with the MDI Biological Laboratory as the lead institution. Other institutions in our network include the following: Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, College of the Atlantic, the Honors College at the University of Maine, the Jackson Laboratory, Southern Maine Community College, the University of Maine, UMaine Farmington, UMaine Fort Kent, UMaine Machias, UMaine Presque Isle, and the University of New England.

Money from Maine INBRE supports research training experiences like this short course, as well biomedical research and laboratory facilities throughout our network. Other training experiences include academic year and summer student research. Please check with Andrea Tilden, the INBRE contact at Colby College, for the most accurate information about opportunities on your campus. She may be able to share additional opportunities with you as well.


This research training opportunity is supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103423.

The IDeA program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical and translational research; faculty development; and infrastructure improvements.