About CERC

The mission of the Duke Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization (CERC) is to bring knowledge and technology into the service of society. As a university Center, CERC operates without school and program boundaries. We have designed CERC - and this website - to serve as a portal or networking hub to bring together people and resources from within and outside of Duke in order to foster research commercialization, new social ventures, industrial interaction, and applied entrepreneurial learning opportunities. We invite your participation and ideas.

CERC is an open, collaborative translational effort involving schools and programs across Duke's campus, including the Medical School, Pratt School of Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and Fuqua School of Business as well as the Office of the Provost and the Office of Licensing and Ventures.

What CERC Does

CERC provides quick access to available resources all along the path to commercialization, from proposal development to technology evaluation, business planning to investor relations, and small business incubation and business launch.


CERC is founded on the idea that education is the best method for enhancing our research translation efforts. Our goal is to help faculty and students observe, participate in and learn the business planning process as the mechanism for bringing ideas to the marketplace. We sponsor, cosponsor and market undergraduate, graduate and faculty educational activities (e.g. courses, seminars, luncheons, business plan competitions, etc.) through schools and programs across Duke's campus, and participate in entrepreneurship events throughout the Research Triangle.


CERC Leadership

Barry S. Myers, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Vivek Wadhwa, MBA, Executive-in-Residence at the Pratt School of Engineering

Rachel Karatz, Staff Specialist