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From Academia to Entrepreneur - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124105164, 9780124167179

From Academia to Entrepreneur

1st Edition

Lessons from the Real World

Author: E. Khor
Paperback ISBN: 9780124105164
eBook ISBN: 9780124167179
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th October 2013
Page Count: 272
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From Academia to Entrepreneur: Lessons from the Real World provides practical advice on entrepreneurship, interspersed with insights the author gained from starting up his own business and in associations with other ventures. These same insights can be applied to bringing a technology concept from academia to an enterprise.

A few of the questions From Academia to Entrepreneur: Lessons from the Real World answers:

  • How do I pragmatically appraise business opportunities?
  • What traits should I look for in an enterprise?
  • What can and should I do with my concept while in academia, before entering such an endeavor?
  • How do I overcome risk aversion?
  • And most importantly, why should I be the one to build this business?

Key Features

  • Provides insights into using academic research as a potential business, meeting the challenges and opportunities in today's academic research environment
  • Offers practical ideas on entrepreneurship
  • Describes how to take a company to financial profit and maintain it
  • Emphasizes the pragmatic details to work through, equipping you with the correct set of tools to build your business


Clinicians, engineers and scientists in academia, business, or government pursuing biomedical and associated research pondering turning their knowledge, results and experience into starting an enterprise

Table of Contents


About Entrepreneurs

About Biomedical Enterprises

About Academia’s Relevance to Biomed and Enterprise

From Academia to Entrepreneur

Why this Book?



About the Author

Chapter 1. Entrepreneuring Academic Biomedical Science

1.1 The Biomedical Buzz and its Economic Potential

1.2 A Piece of the Action

1.3 Singapore’s Biomedical Endeavor

1.4 Advantage Asia?

1.5 The Biomedical Industry in Transition

1.6 Confronting Some Commonly Held Beliefs

1.7 The Academic Dilemma

1.8 The Regulatory Imperative

1.9 Biomed Businesses

1.10 Enter the Biomed Runway Entrepreneur


Chapter 2. The Academic–Business Conundrum

2.1 Where the Science is Created

2.2 Life in Academia

2.3 Exacerbations to the Biomed Research-Enterprise Agenda

2.4 The Real World’s View of “Ivory Tower” Tenants

2.5 Business-Nizing Academic Research

2.6 Products from Biomedical Research: Serendipity or Planned Outcome?

2.7 Team Event

2.8 Relevance to the Research Agenda

2.9 Incentivize to Business-Nize

2.10 Myths and Misconceptions to Note when Traversing from Academia to Business

2.11 From Academia to the Real World

Chapter 3. Taking Academic Biomedical Research Beyond the Lab Bench

3.1 From the Patient to the Lab Bench

3.2 Medical Intervention: Science and Technology’s Role

3.3 From the Lab Bench Back to the Patient

3.4 At the Academic Lab Bench

3.5 IP and Licensing

3.6 Proof of Concept

3.7 INTO the Real World

3.8 Time to Market

3.9 Turning Point


Chapter 4. To Become a Runway Entrepreneur from Academia

4.1 A Path Few Choose

4.2 The Brass Story: Beginner’s Providence

4.3 Integrated Platform Technologies Inc.: Setbacks Happen

4.4 Anatomic Replacement Materials Private Limited: Refining the Format

4.5 Venturing Forward

4.6 The Ideal Biomedical Participant Prerequisite

4.7 To Know if you Should Start

4.8 “Finals”

4.9 Three Steps from Obscurity to Notoriety

4.10 Welcome to your New Job Title: the Supreme Field Commander


Chapter 5. What is the Business?

5.1 So You’ve Got an Idea for a Business!

5.2 The Opportunity of a Lifetime?

5.3 Getting to the Starting Line

5.4 Do You Have a Viable Business?

5.5 Revenue Fundamentals

5.6 Pricing

5.7 What Does the Business Cost to Set up?

5.8 What Will the Business be Worth?

5.9 Have you Thought Through Your Exit Plan?


Chapter 6. Business Plan

6.1 The Perfect Business Plan

6.2 Executive Summary (Execsum)

6.3 Vision and Mission

6.4 Introduction and Background

6.5 Business Overview

6.6 Market Analysis

6.7 SWOT

6.8 Organizational Structure

6.9 Services and Support Plan

6.10 Financial Plan

6.11 Sources and Application of Fund


Chapter 7. Raising Funds

7.1 The Bottom Line is About Money

7.2 How Much Do You Really Need to Get Going?

7.3 Funding Fundamentals

7.4 Recruiting Investors

7.5 Beg, Borrow and Pray

7.6 Advocates, Evangelists and Well-Wishers

7.7 About Banks and Government Schemes

7.8 Bootstrapping: a Double-Edged Sword

7.9 It Will Never be Never Enough!


Chapter 8. About Meeting Regulatory Requirements

8.1 Implied, Expected, Delivered

8.2 Getting to Know Regulatory Requirements

8.3 About Quality Systems

8.4 The Use of Science-Based Studies


Chapter 9. About Consultants

9.1 About Consulting

9.2 They are Out There

9.3 Before You Find a Consultant

9.4 Selecting Your Consultant

9.5 Expectations of Your Consultant

9.6 Managing Your Consultant


Chapter 10. Action Plan

10.1 Checkpoint #1: Prepare

10.2 Plan to Achieve 100% – Establishing Milestones

10.3 Execute to Achieve at Least 50% – Financial Plan

10.4 Staffing

10.5 Place of Operations

10.6 Final Instructions

Chapter 11. When the Rubber Hits the Road

11.1 Checkpoint #2: Execution

11.2 Sand Through the Hourglass

11.3 Operations

11.4 Cash Flow is King

11.5 Managing HR Assets

11.6 Handling Vendors and Sub-contractors

11.7 Establishing Enterprise Credibility

11.8 Managing Expectations

11.9 Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board: A Revisit

11.10 Towards Success


Chapter 12. A Few Additional Lessons from the Battle Front

12.1 Situational Assessment

12.2 Character

12.3 BS and Saving Face

12.4 Rose

12.5 The Kiss Principle

12.6 Credentials

12.7 Daylighting

12.8 Balancing Act

12.9 Read, Customize and Apply

12.10 Rock and Roll Inspiration

12.11 Epitaph or Glory?


Chapter 13. Arrival

13.1 Checkpoint #3: Facing Reality

13.2 From Start-up to Profit and Beyond

13.3 Rewards and Accolades

13.4 Achievements

13.5 Look After Your Shareholders

13.6 Monuments and Corporate Citizenship

13.7 View from Above: Looking back, Going Forward

13.8 Moving on

13.9 Gone Fishing




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About the Author

E. Khor

Dr. Eugene Khor, Chiticore Enterprises Inc. Victoria, Canada.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chiticore Enterprises Inc.,Victoria, BC, Canada


"Khor offers this advice manual for entrepreneurship focusing on biomedical science. The book begins by presenting the potential of biomedical entrepreneurship as well as its challenges, and discussing the transition from academia to business in both personal and practical terms…The book also addresses viability assessment and concludes with the eventuality of leaving the business or taking a different role even if it is successful.", February 2014

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