Learn to identify and develop innovative products and services to improve human health with trainees from across the nation.

Tell me about the program

As a biomedical research trainee, you have the opportunity to pursue multiple career paths within academia, industry, non-profit, and entrepreneurial settings. In addition to the scientific and technical expertise you are acquiring, you’ll also need skills in innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) to take full advantage of this opportunity. The E4B Training Program is designed to teach you these skills.

The E4B Training Program consists of 9 online “nanocourses” focused on a different aspect of the I&E process. Nanocourses are taught by successful entrepreneurs and experts in their field using real-world, hands-on learning experiences.

All nanocourses are taught fully online in Canvas.

Additional information about the program can be found in the summer 2020 course syllabus.

Have questions? We have answers.

Am I eligible?

All pre- and post-graduate biomedical research trainees and junior faculty interested in acquiring I&E skills are eligible. Prior experience in entrepreneurship is not required.


Eligible applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence and have in their possession an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551) or other legal verification of admission for permanent residence. Non-citizen nationals are persons born in lands that are not States but are under U.S. sovereignty, jurisdiction, or administration (e.g., American Samoa). Individuals on visas are not eligible.

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about entrepreneurship and do not meet the above criteria: e4b@wustl.edu

What does the program cost?

Nothing! This NIH-funded program is tuition free!

How do nanocourses work?

Nanocourses are similar to other online courses: you log into Canvas to access learning materials, complete activities, and interact with your peers and instructors.

There are some differences, though.

  • Unlike traditional courses, each nanocourse is between one and three weeks long, and requires about 2-4 hours of your time per week.
  • The program utilizes a team-based capstone project. You should expect to be in regular contact with your teammates and work together to identify a real-world problem and viable solutions.
  • Your team will have access to successful entrepreneurs and innovators who serve as mentors and help you complete your capstone. You should expect to meet with mentors at least once per week.
What nanocourses are being taught?

The E4B Training Program consists of nine nanocourses:

  • Introduction to the World of Biomedical I&E (Dana Watt)
  • Survive and Thrive as an Innovator (Tim Bono)
  • Building Effective Teams (Mike Kinch)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in I&E (Joe Pangelinan)
  • Identifying Opportunities for Innovation (Emre Toker)
  • Validating Your Innovation (Emre Toker)
  • Fishing for Customers (Joe Steensma)
  • Ethics in Biomedical Innovation (Jessica Mozersky)
  • Selling Your Innovation (Emre Toker)
Do I have to complete all nine nanocourses?

Yes! You must complete all nanocourses to earn a certificate of completion.

Can I earn academic credit?

No. Academic credit for the E4B Program is not being offered at this time.

How do I apply?

You can apply online here.

I have a question you haven’t answered.

If you have a question that we haven’t answered, send us an email at e4b@wustl.edu