TECH 566
Building a Biotech Company: Business Leadership and Management Strategies

This course will take a practical, hands-on approach to studying the strategy and dynamics necessary for the growth of a biotechnology company from a basic research effort located in a research institution to a fully financed, stand-alone business operation prepared to place finished products in the life science marketplace and to generate a financial return for investors. Through a different panel of expert speakers each week—with specific experience in the week’s topic—the discussion will build on the previous weeks’ topics to arrive at a finished construct of a fully operational biotechnology company. There will be an emphasis on interactive discussions between class members and panelists. Panel members will offer first-hand observations, insights, and personal anecdotes concerning their experiences in building different aspects of a life-science company. Discussions will include critical-thinking and management decisions during times of technology challenge, financial adversity, and growth. This course is an elective for Advanced Studies in Technology Transfer.

Prerequisites

basic or advanced knowledge of science; TECH 565 is helpful, but not required.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a working understanding of the structure and management of biomedical business firms
  • Comprehend the critical thinking needed for management decisions during times of financial hardship and growth
  • Be able to effectively interact with biotech stakeholders to discuss issues relating to finance, R&D, marketing, manufacturing, and human resources

Overview

Program

Class Type

Graduate Course

Credits

2