SIBER 2017


SIBER (Society for International Bioentrepreneurship Education and Research) is a key global forum for developing academic education and research in bioentrepreneurship, a field which has its own set of unique and important issues, distinct from mainstream university education in entrepreneurship.

SIBER will hold its 6th annual conference on 9-10 June 2017 in the Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. It will give you the opportunity to meet the international community sharing SIBER’s agenda and to be part of shaping the future for this important field.

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SIBER 2017 agenda items include an overview of ongoing and new academic program structures globally, Barriers to initiating and continuing programs in Bioentrepreneurship, the view of students and employers of the programs, the placements of students to gain real world experience and models of cooperation between programs, along with the place and for a SIBER global business plan competition.

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Directions and accommodation for SIBER2017

SIBER 2017 will be held in the Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott on the University campus at $159/night (plus tax at 16.9%), which will be held until the end of April. The hotel is about 200 yards from the conference venue.

University Circle can be accessed directly from the airport by the RTA red line (fare $2.50) exiting at the Little Italy University Circle stop. The rail stop, hotel and Veale Center are all arrowed on the attached map.

Parking is available at the hotel or in an underground parking garage adjacent to the conference venue.

SIBER 2017 Steering Committee

  • Christopher Cullis, President SIBER, Francis Hobart Herrick Professor of Biology, Case Western University
  • Moira Gunn, Director, Business of Biotechnology Program, School of Management, University of San Francisco, Host, NPR/BioTech Nation and NPR/Tech Nation
  • Lynn Johnson Langer, Director, Johns Hopkins, Enterprise/Regulatory Sci, Center for Biotech Ed
  • Madelen Lek, Master’s Programme in Bioentrepreneurship, Karolinska Institutet
  • Finn Valentin, Director, Research Center on Biotech Business, Copenhagen Business School
  • Peter Rachor, Director for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Portland
  • Wallace Bridge, Biotechnology Program Director, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of New South Wales


  1. Facilitate global knowledge and a best practice exchange between faculty, programs and industry
  2. Develop a competency-based approach for curriculum and standardize learning objectives and outcomes
  3. Develop a range of relevant educational research pedagogies
  4. Create course credit reciprocity between international and national partners
  5. Build academic credibility for bioentrepreneurship through research and peer-reviewed publications
  6. Develop infrastructure to access grants and other resources
  7. Build faculty capacity through through collaboration and sharing of content
  8. Create a platform for faculty exchange and recruitment
  9. Create a platform for student exchange and recruitment
  10. Create a platform to facilitate industry and academic collaboration
  11. Create a database of programs, faculty and research agenda


Email questions to SIBER president, Christoper Cullis, email:

We look forward to seeing you at SIBER 2017 in Cleveland!