About Fusion

Launched in 2009 and funded by an Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grant (IAIG) from the Provost, FUSION works across multiple schools and departments at Case Western Reserve University to create a robust teaching environment for students. Fusion's curriculum is an integrated platform that puts interdisciplinary students on level footing relative to each others’ respective expertise and training, providing key competitive skills that will allow them to work productively in the field of technology development and commercialization. 

The past decade has seen a strong shift in federal funding agendas from basic to “impact defined” research (e.g., the CTSA and PFI programs), and the terms “innovation” and “entrepreneurship” and “intellectual property” are now prominently conveyed on every business and economic publication, including marketing materials for research universities, in the country. Our tailored, multi-disciplinary certificate program for professional degree students leverages CWRU's national leadership in this emerging and highly-competitive field. While concepts that include “technology transfer,” “commercialization” and “technology entrepreneurship” pervade the evolving lexicon related to moving technology to market, scholarship and professional skills development in this field remain fragmented and relatively thin. Fusion's classroom curriculum and contextual agenda are focused on the process of translating complex technology to real-world business opportunities. Our goal is to help students understand and utilize the fundamentals of law, science and management in the understanding and cultivation of scientific discoveries that can lead to industry opportunities.