Biomedical Translation & Commercialization Badge Series

The FAES program in Biomedical Translation and Commercialization offers scientists and engineers the ability to develop new business, regulatory, and technology transfer skills essential for non-laboratory jobs in science and industry.  Students can advance their professional development on their own time at their own pace by taking courses that address the practical skills they require. Students may complete the badges fully online. Additionally, there will be on-site learning and networking opportunities at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, MD.

Courses are taught by leading practitioners in the field, so students can simultaneously gain necessary knowledge in the field and build professional networks.  Development of new courses is ongoing and new courses may be counted towards the badges listed below.  The program is open enrollment and does not require an admissions application or specific degree prerequisites. Note that a course may only be counted in one single badge, and students must receive a grade of B or better for a course to count towards a badge.

Tech Curiosity Badge (6 credits)

The Tech Curiosity badge is a good starting point for students looking to explore the life sciences beyond the laboratory. Students may take any 3 TECH courses of their choosing for a total of 6 credits. Completion of the 7-week courses in this badge will enable a student to confirm their fundamental interest in these areas and serve as a steppingstone for future studies and career development activities. Upon completion of any three TECH courses, students will be issued the TECH CURIOSITY digital badge for use on their resume, online portfolio, website, and social media pages.

  • Courses completed since January 2021 can be counted toward the digital badge.

Tech Ingenuity Badge (6 credits)

For students contemplating technology transfer office or intellectual property (IP) related careers, the TECH INGENUITY badge is the ideal way to get started. In TECH INGENUITY, students take 3 courses for a total of 6 credits.

  • TECH 513 | Introduction to Technology Transfer—Issues and Processes (offered every Fall)
  • TECH 540 | Introduction to Life Science Licensing (offered in Summer)
  • TECH 582 | Intellectual Property and Patent Prosecution for Scientists (to be developed for 2022 Spring)

Upon completion of this badge, students will be issued the TECH INGENUITY digital badge for use on their resume, online portfolio, website, and social media pages.

  • Courses completed since January 2021 can be counted toward the digital badge.

Tech Innovator Badge (6 credits)

For students contemplating work in the business aspects of biomedical operations, the TECH INNOVATOR badge will enable them to understand the role of business in a biomedical operation. In TECH INNOVATOR, students may choose any 3 courses from the list below, for a total of 6 credits, to expand their fundamental understanding, knowledge, and skills in this area.

  • TECH 490 | Communication in Biomedical Sciences
  • TECH 491 | Market Assessment for Innovative Technologies in Biomedical Sciences
  • TECH 498 | Leadership Strategies in Biomedical Sciences
  • TECH 566 | Building a Biomedical Company
  • GENL 401 | Emotional Intelligence in Biomedical Businesses

Upon completion of this badge, students will be issued the TECH INNOVATOR digital badge for use on their resume, online portfolio, website, and social media pages.

  • Courses completed since January 2021 can be counted toward the digital badge.

Tech Expert Badge with Dean’s Seal of Excellence (20 credits)   

Students who complete 3 badges plus the capstone (TECH 607) for a total of 20 credits will be awarded an additional badge of TECH EXPERT with the Dean’s Seal of Excellence in recognition of their accomplishments in intellectual property, business development, regulatory affairs, and/or technology transfer. Upon completion of these requirements, students will be issued the TECH EXPERT digital badge for use on their resume, online portfolio, website, and social media pages along with the Dean’s Seal of Excellence.

  • Courses completed since January 2021 can be counted toward the digital badge.
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