Translational Research: Entrepreneurial Science, Certificate

Penn offers three certificates in Translational Research: the Certificate in Translational Science, the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Science, or the Certificate in Regulatory Science. The Certificate in Entrepreneurial Science focuses on the translation of biomedical research into innovative solutions and the development of approaches to commercialization.

The certificate can be finished in one year and must be completed within two years. 


The certificate requires the completion of 4 course units with a passing grade of B- or better.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
MTR 5100 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research 1
MTR 6000 Introduction to Biostatistics 1 1
 Course Units2.00
Select 2 electives from the following: 2
Health Care Entrepreneurship 2  
Medical Entrepreneurship: Commercializing Translational Science  
Seminar in Entrepreneurial Science 2  
Fundamentals of FDA Regulation  
Other Electives 3
 Course Units2.00
 Total Course Units4.00

Other biostatistics courses may be substituted if taken in the past two years with a grade of B- or better.


MTR 6400 and HCMG 8670 are .5 CU each. Students are recommended to enroll in both courses to fulfill 1 CU.


Students may take elective courses outside of these recommendations, by substituting a different MTR/REG course or a course outside of MTR/REG, but must obtain permission before enrolling.

Research Project

The certificate requires a one-year engagement in clinical and translational research. This will take the form of a new research project or as a translational arm to research currently being conducted. Prospective students will identify a mentor and define the research project at the time of application.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.