Business school for better biology
Owen credits Carey Business School for being the right incubator to begin taking the idea for the company and making it a reality.
“At my [Carey] orientation, I remember the dean standing up and saying, ‘your network is your net worth,’” Owen said. “I probably could have graduated right there.”
Owen spent his master’s degree and time at Carey not only taking classes, but as he says, “meeting with every professor and Hopkins researcher I could.”
His Carey network brought him not only his business partner and rBIO co-founder, Pradhan, but a network of business and biotech experts.
“Carey provided a launch pad for what I did afterwards. If I needed someone who knew a particular science or industrial sector, I either already knew that person through Carey or knew someone who could introduce me,” Owen said.
And he credits his Discovery to Market course with professor of practice Toby Gordon as foundational for his career as an entrepreneur.
Throughout the course, student teams are teamed with a patented Johns Hopkins technology and work through how to commercialize the product.
“Working with Professor Gordon, we were asked if you want to start this business, what are the legalities? What is your potential market share? How do you protect your IP? This experience was really key for someone who wanted to start my own venture.”