Startup Toolbox is an important part of the bench-to-bedside operating philosophy of Gates Institute and the Anschutz Medical Campus. The program is co-administered with CU Innovations and provides researchers essential services that are not traditionally funded by medically-oriented grants. These commercialization resources include support for financial modeling and business plans, as well as assistance with regulatory strategy and corporate formation. The novel platform also includes legal strategy and guidance, product development, and Small Business Innovation Resources (SBIR) consultants.
Conceived of by Gates Institute Advisory Board member Ann Sperling, who has provided valuable insight for promising regenerative medicine opportunities, the goal of the Startup Toolbox is to lower the barrier to commercialization in advancing more regenerative medicine opportunities, and to allow Gates Institute members to focus more of their time in the lab developing the science
Gates Institute members researching and developing regenerative medicine related technologies are eligible for exclusive Startup Toolbox funding through the Gates Institute. Eligible technologies include therapeutics, diagnostics, manufacturing, and platforms. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis.