SPARK Manual

SPARK co-founders Daria Mochly-Rosen and Kevin Grimes have published a book, SPARK: A Practical Guide to Drug Development in Academia, to help other academic institutions develop their own SPARK Programs. 

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

SPARK Manual Access for Stanford Community

Stanford faculty, student, or staff may access a copy of the SPARK e-book through Lane Library (SUNet login required)


  1. Go to the Lane Library website:
  2. Search for 'Practical Guide to Drug Development in Academia' in Lane Search box.
  3. Select top link for Springer book (will prompt for SUNet login as authentication)
  4. You now have access to the book.


"I think this book should be required reading for any scientists in academia who plan to engage in translation of discoveries into the clinic. The authors have really been there, and they have done their homework. The chapters are not only informative, they are infused with the kind of advice that only comes from living this endeavor. Highly recommended.”  - Janet Woodcock, Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA

"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

SPARK Manual

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