Industry Partners

SPARK Industry Partners provide invaluable mentoring and support to SPARK scholars

The industry and university partnership forms the core of the SPARK program. Our industry partners advise SPARK Scholars on product development, clinical care, business, and more. Their invaluable mentorship helps prepare graduate students and postdoctoral SPARK scholars for careers in the commercial sector that link investigation with important new therapies.

The SPARK program connects industry partners with academic collaborators as well as a source of promising projects that may be developed into novel therapeutics or diagnostics.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a SPARK industry partner, please contact us.

The Industry Partner Role

SPARK Industry Advisors:

  • Provide feedback on our current projects
  • Aid in the selection of new projects
  • At times, mentor specific projects on a one-on-one basis
  • Can facilitate advancement of projects by introductions to potential partners, or in some cases form companies around selected assets

SPARK Partnerships may include:

  • Expert Advisors in development of Biologics, Gene and Stem Cell Therapies
  • Donation of resources, compounds or other in-kind gifts
  • Parties interested in licensing or forming collaborations
  • Sources of unrestricted funding

Advisory Topics

  • Assay Development
  • Biologics Development
  • Clinical Trial Design
  • Commercialization Requirements
  • Determining Clinical Needs
  • Formulation
  • High Throughput Screening
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Partnering with other departments/ specialties, outside institutions or industry

  • Project Management
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • University Compliance
  • Obtaining funding from government, nonprofit and commercial sources