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Strategies for Cultivating an Enterprising Talent Pipeline: An Inside Look at the JHTV Commercialization Academy

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: Thursday, August 5, 2021

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Creating a talent pipeline takes time and careful planning, but when done right you are left with a well-stocked talent pool that feeds the needs of your local and regional communities and can solidify long-term relationships with your corporate partners.

Johns Hopkins University has a prestigious history of producing top investigators and groundbreaking science. Today, its mission is increasingly advanced by faculty and students who want to take an active role in what happens beyond the lab bench. To support these individuals, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, the tech transfer office of JHU, has set up multiple avenues for students to explore high-impact careers through direct commercialization experience.

One standout program contributing to that mission is the JHTV Commercialization Academy, a highly competitive program that provides Johns Hopkins full-time students with exposure to the fields of commercialization and entrepreneurship through a two-year paid fellowship.

The Commercialization Academy plugs top students from across JHU into JHTV’s teams, processes, and current tech transfer projects, giving them opportunities to inform their career choices as they learn and contribute in collaboration with JHTV professional staff. The goal is to build a highly skilled, experienced talent pipeline while creating growth opportunities for students and energetic brainpower for their IP projects as well as their future employers.

The results and feedback have been outstanding and that’s why we’ve scheduled this case study webinar:

JHTV Commercialization Academy

Join Sam Hopkins, former Commercialization Academy Manager with Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, while he explores:

  • The structure of the JHTV Commercialization Academy
  • Key outputs of the student program
  • The role of graduates in Baltimore’s ecosystem development
  • The Commercialization Academy talent pipeline
  • Student experience as an avenue to alumni and corporate engagement

Plus: Join in the Q&A to get your specific questions addressed.

Your expert presenter:

Sam HopkinsSam Hopkins
Operations Manager
MycoMed Technologies

Sam Hopkins was the first full-time Commercialization Academy Manager at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. In July 2021 he became Operations Manager at MycoMed Technologies, a JHU research spinout company developing diagnostic devices to detect systemic fungal infections.

Sam earned his MBA at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he gained his first exposure to Hopkins investigators and the school’s tech transfer office. After graduation, he went on to do post-graduate work with the US Army Institute of Surgical Research within the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Sam has worked in several healthcare roles including consumer and clinician engagement and product development, and he has written successful commercialization plans for translational funding for JHU spinout companies.

Sam has also been an adjunct professor of business at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and he is an avid musician and a two-time Jeopardy champion.

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