About the CSUPERB-I2P Early-Stage Biotechnology Commercialization Challenge

The 2014 CSUPERB-I2P Competition Package is now available (see What's New box to the right). The 2014 Call for Teams is now open!

Program Description

The CSUPERB Idea to Product (I2P®) Competition is an early-stage biotechnology commercialization competition for CSU students. The I2P® Competitions were designed and pioneered at The University of Texas at Austin by engineering professor Dr. Steven Nichols and colleagues.  As they explain it, “the phrase Idea to Product refers to applying creative thought to a technology (“Idea”) and developing a market application (“Product”) for that technology.” The I2P® competition culminates at the Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium. 

One hallmark of the I2P® program is that students with no previous experience in biotechnology commercialization can be competitive. Competition CSU teams pair science/engineering students with business students.  Symposium registration, lodging, meals and travel reimbursements (up to $150) for finalist team members (4) and one faculty mentor will be provided by CSUPERB and the 2014 Challenge sponsors. 

2014 Competition Schedule and Deadlines

March 4, 2013: CSUPERB -I2P® 2014 Competition Package Released

March 18, 2013: First Informational Webinar (noon to 1 pm). Email CSUPERB for webinar login and call-in information.

September 30, 2013 (5 pm pacific time): Deadline for team points-of-contact to email CSUPERB expressing intent to compete

October, 2013: Second Informational Webinar for competing teams (TBA)

October 21, 2013 (5 pm pacific time): CSUPERB - I2P® teams submit final team rosters to CSUPERB

November 4, 2013 (5 pm pacific time): One-Page Summaries due

November 18, 2013: Finalist teams selected and notified. Finalist teams and mentors register for the 26th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium (Santa Clara, California)

January 8, 2014 (5 pm pacific time): Five-Page Team Summaries due

January 9, 2014: Private Presentations with Preliminary Judging Panel at Santa Clara Marriott

January 11, 2014: Public Presentations to Finals Judging Panel during session of 26th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium

Contact Information

For questions regarding this program, please contact:

Susan Baxter
Executive Director, CSUPERB
(619) 594-2822