The Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE): A model for community based biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship.
Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA University of Colorado School of MedicineFounding President and CEO, www.sopenet.org
•Rising health care costs•Access•Quality•Stressed innovation pipeline•Disenfranchized and disempowered physicians•Globalization•Lack of bioentrepreneurship knowledge, skillsand abilities•Lack of early stage money•Lack of opportunities to get experience
Culture celebrating innovation andentrepreneurshipStructure and connectedness outside ofthe bureaucracyProcess and metrics that reward successInnovators
The Society of Physician Entrepreneurs(www.s0penet.org) and linkedin group, is aNFP global biomedical and healthcareinnovation network . Members includehealthcare entrepreneurs, investors, serviceproviders, and industry representatives
The mission of SoPE is to help biomedicaland healthcare entrepreneurs get theirideas, discoveries and inventions to marketby providing them with education ,connections to service providers andinvestors and offering value added productsand services.
Sope U is an online learning platformSoPE Chapters offer monthly educational and network eventsPartnerships with others offering meetings, seminars, etcSoPE SummitCollaborations with International Business SchoolsCU Program in Bioinnovation and Entrepreneurship
Working with local technology transfer offices or industrySoPE Innovation Scholars ProgramAcclerators like HealthStartZ in Denver
3000 people on linkedin groupExtensive social media networkSoPE Box RadioSoPE NewsletterSoPE Website at www.sopenet.orgMonthly Chapter meetings
Connections to early stage investorsCollaborations with TIE Rockies, National Association of Seedand Venture Funds, Rockies Venture Club, and otherinternational angel networksCrowd funding intermediary?SoPE Capital Mangement ?
• 2800 global members on linkedin and website• Growing at 150 members/month• Chapters in Nigeria, India, Turkey, San Diego, Colorado, St Louis, Wash/MD/ N VA and growing to 20• SoPE Affinity Partners Program• SoPE Innovation Scholars Program with Acclarent
Wells FargoBank of AmericaMorgan Stanley Smith BarneyAcclarent/Johnson and JohnsonMedvoyHSBC Bank
•SOPE promotes the program to membersand co-manages the program•Industry partner hires Innovation Scholarfor 6 months /1 year•Designed to expose IS to different aspectsof life science technology commercialization•Expectation is that IS will pursuetechnology commercialization interest ,teaching and research
•Helping members connect to HNW investors and angels•Connecting members to bioengineers and contractmanufacturers•Finding C-suite talent•Connecting to international supply chains and marketingchannels•Facilitating technology transfer•Helping with IT development
•Expand membership to 10K•Expand network of global chapters•NFP c(6) and c(3) SoPE Educational and Research Foundation•Accelerate global biomedical and healthcare innovation•Expand ISP program•Expand SoPE Affinity Partners Program•Enhance US global competitiveness in biomedical innovation•SoPE U•SoPE Magazine•SoPE Meetings with other organizations•SoPE Consultants: The SoPE Brain•SoPE Capital Management/Crowd Funding Intermediary?