BRiDGE RFA for expertise and space in the Chesterfield building

November 14, 2018

Bioengineering Research initiative to Develop Global Entrepreneurs (BRiDGE) RFA for expertise and space in the Chesterfield building, cycle 2, 2019

BRiDGE engages Duke BME faculty, Duke BME post-doctoral fellows and students, and Duke BME alumni to support the launch of new Bioengineering companies (NewCos) with the goal of developing a vibrant Bioengineering entrepreneurial ecosystem.

BRIDGE offers:

  • A physical infrastructure: benches in the wet lab, cubicles, cell culture room, common equipment, offices, and building amenities. In addition, BRiDGE provides a laboratory administrator, for central ordering, developing and maintenance of standard operating procedures (SOPs), performance of quality checks to ensure the safety of BRiDGE space, hazardous waste pick up, mail sorting, etc.
  • Intellectual expertise: training in creating business plans will be provided in partnership with the Director of Entrepreneurship at Duke Engineering, William Walker.
  • Educational program: hands on learning via summer internship opportunities for Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) students in BME and the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS).

We anticipate that a maximum of three new companies will be selected in this cycle.

Selected NewCos will enter into a 11-month license agreement with an option to renew for up to a total of three years.

Application deadline: November 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET.

View or download the RFA for more information.


This initiative is made possible by a philanthropic gift to the Pratt School of Engineering and additional funds from the Pratt School of Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Duke University.