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BEST Institute brings Rutgers intellectual property to market
By Daniel Stoll
Dated: Jul 09, 2009
Business, Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST) Institute cultivates entrepreneurship by giving
Rutgers Business School students hands-on learning experience commercializing innovation
The Business, Engineering, Science, and Technology Institute (BEST – best.rutgers.edu) has created an
environment that cultivates entrepreneurship by accelerating the commercialization of Rutgers’ intellectual
property and promoting educational programs that teach and train Rutgers graduate and MBA students in
all aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation commercialization, both in theory and practice.
The BEST institute builds on a rich Rutgers tradition of bringing research ideas to market—the search
engine Ask.com, the antibiotic streptomycin used to treat tuberculosis, and the famous Jersey tomato—all
are examples of applying Rutgers research excellence to innovation.
BEST epitomizes the RBS multidisciplinary approach to business education. The institute is a unique
collaboration between Rutgers Business School, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate
and Professional Education, Rutgers Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), and the Schools of
Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. It seeks to bring promising innovations, born of university research, to
market by investing in Rutgers intellectual property (IP) that offers commercial promise.
Headed by directors Professors Richard Mammone, Benjamin Melamed, Deborah Silver, Patrick J. Sinko,
Ben J. Sopranzetti, and Associate Dean Thomas Gombar, BEST is working with RBS corporate partners to
establish funds for investing in Rutgers’ IP. The successful ventures will allow BEST—through education,
innovation, commercialization, business start-up, and job creation—to contribute to the economic
well-being of Rutgers University and the State of New Jersey.
“What we do is build the science, build the product, and build the business,” said Mammone.
“Entrepreneurship is key. It is not enough to just have the idea. We have the expertise to build companies
and network to get the capital there.”
To achieve its mission, BEST is introducing a new operational model that integrates educational and
business activities. The institute represents another hands-on learning experience for graduate and MBA
students and faculty who benefit by applying RBS’s new integrated business, science, and technology
curriculum to real-world business activities in companies created by BEST.
It is also attracting leading faculty who teach courses about entrepreneurship and conduct research
regarding all facets of private enterprise, including intellectual property and financial analysis. Faculty
members also serve as consultants, mentors, and board members for start-ups.
“By giving professors and graduate students funding to start businesses based on research findings, BEST
helps them obtain patents; create business plans and incubate companies; build and educate management
teams; and guide companies to self sufficiency and successful exit,” said Rutgers Business School Dean
Michael R. Cooper, PhD. “BEST is emerging as a leader in creating and managing firms grounded in high
technology and the life sciences.”
The BEST model
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Both students and faculty benefit through real-world application of entrepreneurship.
• Educate students on commercialization of innovation
• Analyze the market opportunity for intellectual property
• Create business plans
• Build, educate and mentor management teams
• Help students and professors commercialize research by forming start-up companies
• Provide seed funding to newly-created companies
• Guide the companies through its stages of maturation and take them all the way to final acquisition or
Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick is an integral part of one of the nation’s oldest,
largest, and most distinguished institutions of higher learning: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Founded in 1766, Rutgers Business School has been accredited since 1941 by AACSB International–the
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — a distinction that represents the hallmark of
excellence in management education. Today, Rutgers Business School is educating more than 4,500
undergraduate and graduate students at two main campuses in New Jersey as well as six satellite locations
in New Jersey, China, and Singapore. Rutgers Business School is ranked #10 nationwide for “Most
Competitive Students” by The Princeton Review; and is part of the campus that is ranked #1 in diversity
nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, for 12 straight years. Full-time MBA and part-time MBA
programs give excellent options for people looking to boost their careers.
Category Business, Education, Biotech
Tags Business, Education, MBA, science, Technology, students, college, Entrepreneurship
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