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ECA logo BlackEntrepreneurs in Clinical Academia (ECA) 2018

INSEAD campus, Fontainebleau, France
October 15-19, 2018

Think outside the laboratory 


ECA is an exciting FOCIS initiative offering European medical academics the chance to meet top business experts and learn what it takes to become a clinical entrepreneur.

The course is a unique, interactive and comprehensive way to learn the language of pharmaceutical business. Download the course document and informational slides.

The online application process for ECA 2018 is open now at www.focis-eca.com and will close on February 28, 2018.

Course Description

Entrepreneurs in Clinical Academia (ECA) 2018 will take place at the INSEAD campus, Fontainebleau, France, on October 15-19, 2018

ECA 2018 will provide successful candidates with the insight, knowledge and skills to translate their pioneering research from the laboratory to the pharmaceutical market.

During the course, the successful candidates will cover a variety of topics such as: 

  • The drug development process from discovery through to investigational new drug application
  • Understanding the business potential of research
  • Obtaining and defending intellectual property rights and patents
  • Evaluating the market value of an asset
  • Pitching a business plan to investors and partners

At the end of the course, the successful candidates will work in groups to apply their learning and develop business plans based on a drug case study.

Target Audience

The course is open to clinical and academic researchers (MD and/or Phd) who are currently involved in an immunology or inflammatory research program,  affiliated with a European instutition.

Course Testimonials

More than 100 applicants from all over Europe have successfully completed the ECA course

"The programme content is very unique to the needs of Scientific researchers. Delivered by real life successful entrepreneurs with various business portfolios. Beautifully executed" – 2017

"It is an amazing entrepreneurship course aiming to give an immense knowledge in several important aspects from the very basic stages of research towards product." – 2016

"I gained a deep understanding of what it takes to set up a biotech company, how patents work, how pharma works, how VCs operate, etc. Overall, a flawless course!" – 2015

"This is the best course I have ever attended, and I would highly recommend it!" – 2014

"A hugely valuable week – I wish it had been available 10 years earlier!" – 2013

Apply Today

Applications for ECA 2018 are now open. Apply online at: www.focis-eca.com 

All applications must be received by February 28, 2018.

ECA is a fully funded course open to clinical researchers in Europe. Course expenses (tuition fees, on-site accommodation and transport) for each successful candidate will be covered by FOCIS, thanks to support from Celgene. 21 successful candidates are chosen by an independent Candidate Selection Board, from FOCIS and INSEAD. Successful applicants will be notified in May/June 2018. 

What is ECA?

A FOCIS initiative
FOCIS aims to improve human health through immunology by fostering interdisciplinary approaches to understand and treat immunebased diseases.

Supported by Celgene
A multinational biopharmaceutical company committed to delivering innovative and life changing drugs to patients suffering from cancer and severe  immune and inflammatory conditions.

Delivered by INSEAD
A globally renowned business school and a pioneer of international business education situated in Fontainebleau, on the outskirts of Paris, France. 

If you have any questions, please contact the ECA secretariat via email eca@phase ii.com or telephone +44 (0)1372 472 140.

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