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Scientists like Eric Beckman transition to entrepreneurship by taking risks and following passions

Early in his career as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, chemical engineer Eric J. Beckman immersed himself in his research on polymers. When he stumbled on a new tissue adhesive in 2002, Beckman saw the promise of a publication. His collaborator, oral surgeon Michael J. Buckley, saw much more than that: He saw the adhesive as a powerful surgical tool. Buckley encouraged Beckman to start a company with him to commercialize the product.

Read the full article in the April 16 issue of  Chemical and Engineering News . (Volume 90 Issue 16 | April 16, 2012 | pp. 50-52)


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