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The Blavatnik Fellowship in the Life Sciences

Applications for 2022 are now closed.

Entrepreneurs play a crucial role in successful commercialization of new biomedical technologies. The Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship is designed to foster entrepreneurial skills in the life sciences, linking emerging business leaders with breakthrough innovations from across Yale University. 

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The Blavatnik Fellowship at Yale is designed to identify promising scientists and business people with a passion for biomedical entrepreneurship, to provide a hands-on experience for building their entrepreneurial skills, while simultaneously providing mentorship and professional development responsibilities. The fellowship seeks to engage a small number of highly talented professionals in new venture concepts being advanced across the life science spectrum, working alongside a wide-range of world-renowned scientists, investors, entrepreneurs, and other domain experts. This is a one-year fellowship.

Blavatnik Fellows enjoy a unique set of advantages:

  • Professional development and training on a range of topics, including commercial strategy, R&D management, intellectual property, regulatory affairs, business development, and entrepreneurial financing 
  • Mentorship by distinguished business and science leaders of regional biopharma and health technology communities    
  • Leadership opportunities, including the opportunity to join and develop founding teams of new ventures     
  • Financial support in the form of a one-year salary and benefits plus access to funding for due diligence, market research, licensing options and other commercial activities arising from the fellowship 

Application Guidelines:

  • Preferred applicants will have the some or all of the following:
    • A Ph.D. in the life sciences or M.D. with experience in evaluating commercialization opportunities through either corporate internships or other business-oriented extracurricular activities,
    • Acumen in the life sciences to effectively interface with a wide variety of faculty exploring novel concepts in therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices,
    • Research and/or work experience in a health-related field, and
    • Experience in project management or interfacing with external contract research organizations
  • The Fellowship year is June 2022 through May 2023.
  • Fellows receive a $95K salary plus benefits over the 12 months as well as an expense budget to support enterprise creation.
  • Fellows will be provided with work space at Yale.
  • This is a full-time, on-site fellowship.

The Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship is led by James Boyle, PhD., Executive Director of Venture Development. For questions, contact: