SPARK Manual

The SPARK Manual

Interested in learning more about how to set up a SPARK program at your institution?

SPARK: A Practical Guide to Drug Development in Academia

The SPARK manual was published by co-founders Daria Mochly-Rosen and Kevin Grimes to help other academic institutions develop their own SPARK Programs. 

Stanford faculty, student, or staff can access the SPARK Manual e-book through Lane Library (SUNet login required). To access:


This material is for educational purposes only and not for use in a for-profit setting. Please note that neither the editors nor the SPARK at Stanford program receive proceeds from book sales.

"...required reading for any scientists in academia who plan to engage in translation of discoveries into the clinic."

—Janet Woodcock, Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA

Praise for SPARK: A Practical Guide

"Academia and industry need each other. Industrial research thrives by keeping a close eye on the pioneering work that the best academic research centers generate. And those academic labs, if they’re ever going to translate such discoveries into new drugs, need the experience, specialization and resilience of the best industrial organizations. Watching the two groups argue with each other, then, is like watching a fight between a car’s engine and its wheels. The industrial drug researchers who have gone into academia over the last 10 or 15 years are one factor helping to bring the two groups together. This book (and the efforts that led to it) could be another."

—Derek Lowe, 2015 Nature America Book Review