Fusion information session

Case Western Reserve University graduate students are invited to join an information session on Fusion, CWRU’s nationally distinctive interdisciplinary coursework in the field of intellectual property management and technology commercialization.

Fusion brings together tools from legal, management and scientific disciplines to equip students with the skills necessary to evaluate the commercial potential of complex innovations and strategically map out paths to market.sc

The information session will be held Tuesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in the School of Law (Room 157).

About the program

This year, the Fusion IP Management and Commercialization program will expand its curriculum to coursework beginning in the fall semester and continuing in the spring. Partnering with the School of Medicine, the coursework will focus on promising biomedical innovations in the field of regenerative medicine.

The fall semester will focus on objective opportunity analysis. Students will be presented with fundamental skills necessary to evaluate an invention, analyze the unmet need underlying that invention and model the potential for IP protection, market analysis and proof of concept development. Additional skills covered will include prior art analysis, financial modeling, licensing and negotiation.

The focus of the spring semester will be planning and implementation. Student teams will work with the technological opportunities analyzed in the fall to develop go-to-market and financing strategies. This work will entail developing an understanding of resource and investment and requirements, startup company formation, private securities laws, valuation and FDA regulation. The course will culminate with a final pitch to venture capitalists and experts in the field.