One of the goals of SPARK GLOBAL is to promote translational medical research and education for academic staff to more efficiently develop drugs, diagnostics, vaccines, IT Health and medical devices for the benefit of humankind.

By sustaining and developing international educational training courses in translational medical research SPARK GLOBAL will create a culture of creativity, innovation & entrepreneurship in the biomedical sciences for our academic researchers, clinicians, graduate and medical students, and fellows.


In 2014, we worked with our mentors to write a book for novices who embark on this amazing path of translating basic research or clinical findings into new therapeutics to benefit patients. This book is not a complete guide to what needs to be done, but provides a general overview of the important topics in the development process.

Read before you begin your translational effort to better understand the path ahead!

Nature Chemical Biology says: “It is a valuable look into [drug development] and may well end up saving many people a great deal of time, money and heartache”


Now available in English, Chinese,  Japanese, and Korean!

Annual Translational Research Bootcamp

Every year, SPARK GLOBAL hosts a translational research bootcamp either at Stanford or one global location.

The goal of the bootcamp is to train students, principal investigators, industry scientists, and project managers, to develop skills in design thinking, brainstorming, product development, and commercialization for unmet medical needs and to become more creative, innovative and savvy in translational research in the Biomedical Sciences. The bootcamp is organized into a series of lectures, working groups, and case studies on topics fundamental to translational research over a period of two to three days. 


Get Involved With SPARKGlobal

We are always looking to expand the reach of SPARK Global. Contact us, visit your local SPARK program, read our educational resources or donate!