An interprofessional internship program held at NEOMED for the first time in 2019 is returning Summer 2020. Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 REDIzone Burton D. Morgan Future MedTech Entrepreneur Internship.
The eight-week program, scheduled to take place June 8 through July 24, offers students pursuing professional degrees in medicine, pharmacy, business and law a unique, hands-on experience in health care innovation. Through direct engagement with industry experts, attendance at pitch competitions at one of the region’s largest innovation funders and presentation of their own pitches showcasing new NEOMED technologies, students will be exposed to the vibrant world of innovation in northeast Ohio.
The number of available internships for 2020 was expanded to 12 as interest heightened and the program’s success spread. The internship is operated through the Research, Entrepreneurship, Discovery and Innovation Zone (REDIzone®), a public-private partnership on the campus of Northeast Ohio Medical University that serves as a business incubator and research commercialization program for NEOMED and the region. It offers entrepreneurs both on-site office and state-of-the art wet lab space and virtual business support with access to world class scientists, teaching hospitals, business development mentoring and funding resources to spur economic growth in northeast Ohio.
The internship program is designed to ignite this entrepreneurial spirit early in students’ careers.
Each of the 12 students selected will receive a $3,000 stipend while they are immersed in the medical technology commercialization experience.
Last summer, the eight interprofessional interns from NEOMED’s Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Akron Law and Youngstown State University School of Business felt they benefited so much from the program that they volunteered to mentor the 2020 cohort.
Blake Bruce, a third-year College of Pharmacy student and a graduate of the 2019 REDIzone Burton D. Morgan Future MedTech Entrepreneur Internship cohort, shared his thoughts about the program in an earlier web story.
“The guest speakers have been amazing. You don’t have opportunities like this every day to sit down and have face-to-face conversations with these brilliant minds. I have a desire for knowledge and I’ve learned so much in a short amount of time,” he said.