February 03, 2010

Two Medtech Attorneys Instruct Unique IP Class at UCSF

Two Faegre & Benson attorneys, Sean Solberg and Jason Kraus, were instructors for a course at the University of California, San Francisco this semester. The course, "Idea to IPO…and Beyond 2010," which was offered at UCSF in partnership with the Center for Bioentrepreneurship and Burrill & Company, was designed for scientists and clinicians interested in entrepreneurship and advances the development of innovative ideas.

As a rather unique class offering, participants in the course form teams around real technologies and formally present them to a panel of prominent venture capitalists at the class finale. The best business plans get venture capital funding at the end of the course.

The intellectual property attorneys, both of whom have a practice focus within the medical technology industry, taught the intellectual property class for the course and helped students address such topics as protecting intellectual property, attracting sources for financing and understanding regulatory issues.

In addition to the UCSF course, Solberg and Kraus are adjunct professors at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and teach an intellectual property class on a regular basis as part of the Mini Master of Medical Technology Management Program at the university in partnership with LifeScience Alley.

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