Program offers mentoring to faculty, staff and students

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Entrepreneurship means different things to different people. It could be exploring an innovative idea, intrapreneurship, patenting and licensing a technology, partnering with industry or spinning out a company.

The Office of Technology Development has launched the Faculty Entrepreneurial Scholars Program at Penn State Hershey. The program was created to help meet the challenges and overcome the hurdles of translating research into tangible products and services that ultimately enhance patient care.

The Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars will serve as mentors to their peers, post-doctoral scholars, staff and students, creating opportunities and education that goes beyond the laboratory. For faculty, staff or students who are exploring a new technology, have questions about intellectual property, applying for a patent, or working on a business plan, the Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars Program will provide guidance, make connections within a network of resources and serve as a support system as individuals decide what innovation and entrepreneurship looks like for them.

The program is led by inaugural scholars Dr. Randy Haluck, professor of surgery and vice chair for technology and innovation, Department of Surgery; and James Connor, distinguished professor of neurosurgery, neural and behavioral sciences, and pediatrics, vice chair for neurosurgery, and director, Center for Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases. Both individuals have a rich history of innovation and successful commercialization.

Participation in the Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars Program is a low stress, low commitment opportunity to explore technology transfer and to expand a network of innovations across disciplines and within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. To learn more about the program visit or contact

To celebrate the launch of the Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars Program, the Office of Technology Development will sponsor a variety of events on Tuesday, April 29, with guest speaker Glenn Prestwich, presidential professor of medicinal chemistry and research professor of biology, University of Utah. Prestwich is the co-founder of eight companies and leads the Faculty Entrepreneurial Scholars Program at Utah.

To view the list of events, visit

Last Updated April 03, 2014