Leading life science entrepreneurship

New UB collaborations bridge the gap between business and life sciences

Empire State Development recently awarded UB a $500,000 grant to implement two new Life Science Entrepreneurship programs that will cross-train science and management students to build life science innovation across New York State.

Bob Neubert talks to a student.


The new 12-credit program will be available as a concentration in the top-ranked, full-time MBA program and will eventually be launched as an independent advanced graduate certificate. Both will leverage UB’s extensive relationships with the startup community, external partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration to give UB students the critical skills they need to develop, launch and grow successful life sciences businesses.

Bob Neubert, clinical assistant professor of entrepreneurship, will lead both initiatives. He says the programs will give business students a high-level science background, while science and medical majors will develop critical business skills.

“If a management student enters a biomedical company without scientific training, they’re at a disadvantage because it’s a very technical business,” he says. “Students in science or medicine can use those skills to get in the door, but they’ll need the management skills to advance.”

The programs are a partnership between the School of Management and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Biological Sciences Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center—with additional connections to the School of Law and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“Life science and biomedicine will have great impact on business in the next 20 years,” says Neubert. “Advances in medicine, genetics and personalization will lead the economy of the future and we want to build those businesses in Buffalo.” 

— Kevin Manne