"Increasing collaboration between business, universities and the research sector is absolutely critical for our business to remain competitive. To commercialise an idea, a great invention, a great innovation, a great piece of research and then grow it into new sources of revenue, new jobs, new opportunities and new industries"

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia​
Launch of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, 7 December 2015​​
Researchers around the world face the common challenge of working out how to bridge the so-called “Valley of Death” between the discovery of an idea and its eventual commercial development and realisation. Most early-stage ideas are unlikely to attract interest or funding from industry until they have reached significant milestones, and will likely fail during development.
SPARK Co-Lab programs provide a cost-effective model to help innovators and entrepreneurs mature their proof of concept and de-risk their ideas. By clearly defining their idea and the unmet need it targets, tackling obstacles and identifying key commercialisation milestones at an early stage, researchers are given a pathway to a license or follow on funding for their discovery, based on industry standards with industry-based guidance, mentoring and support.​​
The Stanford SPARK program was established in 2007, with the goal of advancing new biomedical research discoveries into promising new treatments for patients. Since its founding, SPARK has advanced scores of new diagnostics and drugs to the clinic and commercial sectors, and educated hundreds of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students on the translational process. The majority of SPARK projects address the neglected areas of child and maternal health, global health, and orphan diseases. To find out more ​ click here.
SPARK Co-Lab is seeking to engage with the best and brightest early career doctors, scientists, engineers and business people as well as senior medical, science, engineering or business university students.
In addition, mentors provide the foundation for SPARK Co-Lab. They advise SPARK participants on product development, clinical care, business, financing and more. Mentors prepare participants for careers in the industry of medical discovery. Together with researchers and academics, industry mentors work to realise novel medical device, therapeutics or diagnostics.

Find out more about the SPARK program.​

The SPARK Approach authored by Stanford SPARK 
co-founders Daria Mochly-Rosen and Kevin Grimes.