Polsky Center virtual course: Entrepreneurship for Science and Medicine

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago is offering a free, virtual course on “Entrepreneurship for Science and Medicine.” It is taught by Robert Altman, a keynote speaker at one of Fermilab’s Annual Inventor Recognition Ceremonies, and a serial entrepreneur. APPLY ONLINE BY MARCH 19.


This free, introductory course in entrepreneurship for science and medicine is hosted by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The course, taught by Robert Altman, will explore what it takes to bring a research discovery or idea to market with a larger societal impact. Course participants will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with entrepreneurs and investors and learn how scientists can play a role in the commercialization of their research and inventions.

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Taught by:
Robert Altman, MBA ‘88, adjunct professor of entrepreneurship. He serves on the board of directors of Toltec Pharmaceuticals, Preora Diagnostics and Output Medical. In addition to his leadership position of president at Pinnacle Biologics (the U.S.-based subsidiary of Concordia Healthcare), Altman also served as CEO and president of Marathon Pharmaceuticals, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Astellas Pharma, and held several senior positions during a 17-year career at Abbott Laboratories.

Altman has had a long career in executive roles for both mature and emerging biotech and pharmaceutical businesses. He earned his PhD in chemistry from Harvard University, his MBA in finance and marketing from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from University of California, Riverside.

  • Free, non-credit course
  • Tuesday evenings, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Central Time
  • April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4
  • Virtual course via Zoom