Education 

SPARK meet every tuesday from 5:00 - 7:00PM. These sessions alternate between project updates and educational lectures taught by SPARK advisors and experts. The curriculum begins with an introduction to the drug development process, and has the new teams prepare a Target Product Profile.


We also discuss intellectual property early to ensure participants understand the importance of a strong patent position to support commercialization efforts. The list of topics discussed annually outlined below.

  • Welcome seminar: Expectations for participation in SPARK
  • Introduction to Drug Development Pathway
  • Assessing Clinical Need
  • Project Management Techniques
  • Building a Target Product Profile (TPP)
  • Intellectual Property:Working with Tech Transfer Office
  • Reproducibility of research / When to begin animal experiments
  • High throughput screening / Follow-­‐on testing to identify leads
  • Protocol development / Clinical trial design and costs
  • Biologics Development/ Diagnostics
  • Selecting Animal Disease Models
  • Regulatory / Preclinical Toxicology
  • Pharmacokinetics ADME / Formulations & Routes of Administration
  • Repurposing molecules
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • History of drug industry
  • Market analysis/ How to structure a VC pitch
  • Legal aspects of forming a company
  • Manufacturing (CMC) considerations