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Program Overview

The Scientific Business Development and Management Program enables 21st century academic researchers to develop the business management and legal skill sets to plan, execute, evaluate, and transition a Transboundary Animal Disease (TAD) Research and Development (R&D) technology to the global marketplace.

This international program targets graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career faculty, including industry and academic scientists interested in understanding the business regulations, federal and international processes, and research requirements for taking basic and/or applied high consequence TAD research through the "valley of death" to technology transition.

  • Develop future Homeland Security professionals who can act with global, applied, and commercial capacity to transition new TAD Department of Homeland Security (DHS) R&D technologies for stakeholder use
  • Understand how technology transition occurs to validate the biological product and/or concepts through the research development testing and evaluation cycle
  • Develop and complete a business plan to take a biological product and/or concept to the global marketplace


The program consists of the following components that target commercialization for biological countermeasures (i.e., vaccines, diagnostics, therapeutics, and biologically relevant specimens):

  • Targeted R&D technology transition online course modules
    • Bench: Developing a Strategic Plan of Work
    • Technology Transition: Biological Product and Component Validation
    • Business: Transition of a TAD R&D Product
  • Scenario-based follow on projects
  • Program evaluation


Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), this program trains a cadre of groups to increase the resiliency for DHS S&T's R&D global effectiveness of the entire Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) to develop biological countermeasures using partnerships and facilities globally.