IDEA Labs is a bioengineering design and entrepreneurship incubator founded in 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis. Students, faculty, staff, and St. Louis entrepreneurs team up to tackle unmet needs in healthcare delivery and clinical medicine. Past teams have gone from concept to functional prototype within 1 semester. Read our full description about the organization in our publication in Nature Biotech.
Demo Day is the IDEA Labs capstone event where teams present their prototypes and budding businesses publicly for the first time. The event program includes a keynote address on translating innovations in the medical sector, presentations from teams, a poster session, tech demos, food and drink, giveaways, and an awards ceremony. This event is our chance to show off the impressive accomplishments of our teams over the last year and to thank our many participants and supporters.
The University Technology Pathway, a new initiative by IDEA Labs and the Office Technology Management, is looking to create teams around WU research IP with a new class of teams/start-ups starting in January. Teams will be composed of Post-docs, MBA students and PhD students working on the commercialization of any one out of over 100 WU Research Projects currently disclosed to OTM. The teams will go through the IDEA Labs pathway to commercialization and receive support in market research, patenting, LLC formation, and venture funding.
February Newsletter - The winter issue of our quarterly newsletter was published in February. Keep updated on our past achievements, our current activity, and future happenings by subscribing at the link below.Click here to read it
December Newsletter - The fall issue of our quarterly newsletter was published in December. Keep updated on our past achievements, our current activity, and future happenings by subscribing at the link below.Click here to read it
CLINICIANS: Click to submit your clinical problem(s).
We accept problem suggestions year 'round. We are currently accepting problem submissions for the 2015-2016 cycle.
STUDENTS: Click to participate
Students interested in participating may still apply to join teams in the current cycle if space allows. Otherwise applications will be considered for our next cycle.
SPONSORS: Click to learn more. Organizations sponsor IDEA Labs on many levels and have the opportunity to aid the St. Louis entrepreneurial community.