Business Plan and Student Education Competitions

SFB Business Plan Competition:  Students and post docs: Medical technology requires more than just laboratory results to become a reality. Do you believe that your biomaterials-based research innovation has the potential to succeed in the medical device industry? Put your skills to the test in this unique session designed to challenge you to consider the commercialization aspects of your research. Individuals and groups (your choice) will be judged by experts from investing, industry, regulatory, and academia on the strength of their commercialization plans. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams, including audience’s choice. To participate, submit an abstract that contains your Executive Summary, including information on your technology, the market, and the commercialization strategy. Those selected will give a 10 minute pitch followed by Q&A “shark-tank” style from judges and audience. Click here for more information.

The Biomaterials Education Challenge:  The Biomaterials Education Challenge will encourage SFB student chapters and other student clubs or groups to develop innovative and practical approaches to biomaterials education. Student teams will be challenged to develop an educational module for middle school (6th-8th grade) science classes. Each educational module will demonstrate fundamental biomaterials concepts, with scientific principles that are understandable to a middle school audience and designed for a 45 minute class period. The education modules should have hands-on components, should be easily incorporated to typical middle school science courses, and should have materials easily obtained with clear educational and learning objectives. Winners will be identified based on their potential for educational impact, and judges will emphasize innovation, practicality, and likelihood of widespread adoption and dissemination of the educational projects. The goals of this competition are to improve widespread understanding of biomaterials-related science and careers in the middle school population; to encourage SFB student chapters to participate in K-8 outreach efforts; and to reward the communication skills and creativity of the next generation of biomaterials researchers and educators.  Please complete an entry form (download hereand submit via email to by March 1, 2015.