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UC Davis Presents National Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy

The summer academy is targeted toward academic researchers, government personnel and veterinary industry members who want to learn more about commercializing research discoveries and innovations.

University researchers, members of the veterinary and pet care industry, and government personnel can all benefit from learning more about how research breakthroughs and innovations can be brought to the marketplace.

UC Davis’ National Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy has been designed to help anyone evaluate what research discoveries or innovations are candidates for commercialization and how the commercialization process works.

Taking place virtually from July 12-16, the academy is presented by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, a global leader in veterinary research and the top-ranked veterinary school in the nation, and the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the nationally ranked Graduate School of Management. The academy leverages the university’s more than 10 years of experience presenting academies for the greater UC Davis community.

The virtual curriculum includes:
•    An intensive opportunity for participants to frame and explore the market opportunities of their research and ideas.
•    Workshops to guide them through the steps necessary to address the technical, business, and market validation of their ideas.
•    Seminars and panels led by UC Davis faculty and leading investors, industry executives and entrepreneurs.
•    The tools to communicate the broader potential of their research.
•    Mentoring sessions for participants to focus their approach and hone their pitch.

“UC Davis has a rich entrepreneurship ecosystem that flourishes across our campus,” said School of Veterinary Medicine Dean Michael Lairmore. “Now we are making this wealth of expertise available to a wider audience. Our National Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy addresses the fundamentals of what aspiring veterinary entrepreneurs need to be successful as they take their research out of the lab and into the world.”

Industry speakers include:

•    Jeff Barnes, Vice President of ImmutriX Therapeutics, Inc.
•    Linda Black, President & Chief Scientific Officer of Gallant
•    Thomas W. Campi, Head of Research and Regulatory Affairs of Huvepharma, Inc.
•    Constance De Haan, Medical Director at IDEXX Telemedicine
•    Mark Herthel, Managing Partner at P4 Management Partners LLC
•    Hilary Jensen, CEO and Founder of Obe Digital Pet Wellness
•    Umair Khan, Chairman of Folio3
•    Randolph Legg, President and Head of Commercial Business, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA
•    Richard Markell, Consultant from Butterfly Network, Inc.
•    Kerri Marshall, Vice President, Innovation and Chief Information Officer, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals
•    Brent Mayabb, CMO of Royal Canin
•    Jennifer Ogeer, Vice President, Medical Affairs of AnTech Diagnostics
•    Abigail Stevenson, Vice President of Mars Advanced Research Institute at Mars
•    Sharon Stevenson, Managing Director of Okapi Venture Capital

Speakers from UC Davis include Michael Lairmore, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine; Andrew Hargadon, Professor and Faculty Director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Joe DiNunzio, Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Damon Tull, the Director of Industry Alliances for the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is the Platinum Partner to the National Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy.

The virtual academy costs $1,500 or $1,200 if registration is completed by June 10.

Potential participants can learn more and register at

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