Learn the business of biotechnology, how to start and manage biotechnology companies, and how to better service the needs of biotechnology companies.
Going beyond simple 'science for non-scientists' or 'mini MBA' offerings, this course describes the convergence of scientific, political, regulatory, and commercial factors that drive the biotechnology industry and define its scope.
This course is based on the leading business-of-biotechnology text, "Building Biotechnology," which has been adopted by more than 50 schools, and is taught by Yali Friedman, Ph.D., chief editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and a former instructor of biotechnology management at the National Institutes of Health.
Who is the target audience?
- New hires to biotechnology and related companies
- New biotechnology founders
- Scientists and other entrepreneurs seeking to better understand the business of biotechnology
- This course presumes no former training in business, science, or law.
What Will I Learn?
Understand the commercial factors driving and constraining biotechnology development
Learn how biotechnology is regulated, and how regulations can both limit and drive innovation
Learn about patents and other forms of intellectual property protection in biotechnology, and why they are crucial for innovation
Learn about domestic and international biotechnology policy decisions and how to balance innovation incentives with economic realities
Learn about the science behind biotechnology, and it applications
Curriculum For This Course
Welcome and overview
The Development of Biotechnology
Knowledge and Skills Enabling Biotechnology
Biotechnology Industry Trends
Case Study: Company Examples
The Science of Biotechnology
Introduction to Molecular Biology
The Roles of DNA, Genes, and Protein
The Big Picture
Biotechnology vs. Pharmaceutical Methods
5 Basic Steps of Drug Development
Desirable Qualities of a Good Drug
Biotechnology Tools and Techniques
Genomics and Proteomics
Biologic Drug Delivery and Nanotechnology
Green Biotechnology: Agriculture
White Biotechnology: Industrial Processes and Bio-based Products
Red Biotechnology: Medical Applications
Laws, Regulations, and Policy
Patents, Regulation, and Policy
Intellectual Property - Overview
Patent Challenge and Exemptions
The Role of Intellectual Property in Biotechnology
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