Undergraduate and graduate level
teaching on biotechnology entrepreneurship
I teach on two UK University degrees focussed on biotechnology entrepreneurship, and give occasional talks elsewhere. My teaching focusses on those earliest stages of forming a biotech company - from sitting round a table with a blank sheet of paper with some friends thru defining the ideas, the technology, the business and, most importantly, where to get the cash.
A big part of this is whether you need investment, how much, where to get it from, how to pitch for it, and what the consequences will be. I do not have a very rosy view of investment-based businesses, especially VC-backed ones, even though I have started several. But sometimes you have no choice.
As well as the specific postgraduate degree courses below, I give occasional talks to all sorts of (young) audiences on entrepreneurship in science and business. Drop me an e-mail if you think 40 minutes on how to start a biotech company, and some real-life examples of how it can fail horribly, is right for your audience.
My teaching is not typical Business School stuff. I focus on specifics, on the practicalities of how to get things done in a biotech start-up, and on examples of failure as well as success. And I usually start with an overture of from one of my collection of songs about money, because in times of stress, when the caca hits the air conditioning, I find swearing in Amin, 3/4 time much more relaxing than just swearing.
University of Cambridge's Masters in Bioscience Enterprise. A postgraduate programme focussing on how to apply new life sciences to generate new business, especially in healthcare.
University of Warwick's MSc in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management. A graduate degree focussing on building and managing new business opportunities in the life sciences, especially outside the traditional 'drugs' areas of biotech.