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Biotechnology Entrepreneurship

Designed for emerging entrepreneurs in biotechnology who want to understand, and act upon, business opportunities in the field.

Certified by the CPD Certification Service

This course equals 64 hours of CPD time

  • Duration

    8 weeks

  • Commitment

    8 hours per week

  • Price


  • Study mode

    Tutor guided

  • Certificate of Achievement

    Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion.

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Course overview

This course provides entrepreneurial training to professionals working in the life sciences and biotechnology. Learn from established biotechnology entrepreneurs who will guide you through identifying, developing and evaluating business opportunities based on their expertise and experience of successful commercial innovations.

By the end of this course, you will have developed more confidence in identifying biotechnology and life science business opportunities - and realising their potential through consideration of factors such as intellectual property, freedom to operate, and seeking and securing funding.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • summarise the key biotechnology sectors based on the need and commercial landscape
  • evaluate existing and emerging biotechnologies with a focus on unmet needs, the innovation underpinning a development and the commercial viability of a new development
  • compare existing and emerging technologies between the key biotechnology sectors
  • design a business plan for a new biotechnology opportunity with consideration of IP, regulation, raising finance, joint ventures and exit strategies.

Who is this course for?

Professionals working in bioscience and the life sciences including (but not limited to):

  • biotechnology specialists
  • stakeholders working in technology innovation
  • scientists/analysts working in biotherapeutics and bioinformatics
  • medical device developers and medical technologists
  • pharmaceutical and agrifood scientists.

Course delivery

Our certificated courses reflect the Cambridge experience and values, with low student to tutor ratios and academically rigorous standards. Our learning model is designed to help you advance your skills and specialise in emerging areas that address global challenges. We will help you build your network through an engaging and impactful learning journey that encourages collaboration. Courses are delivered in weekly modules, allowing you to plan your time effectively. The assessment criteria will be presented to you at the start of the course, so you can approach your studies with confidence and motivation, knowing what is expected of you and how to meet those expectations. 

Throughout your online learning experience, you will have access to your course tutor, who will help facilitate your learning and provide you with support and guidance during your studies. You can interact with your tutor through a range of media, such as live sessions, discussion forums, email or canvas messaging. 

Each course includes a balance of:

  • interactive learning and real-world application so you can directly apply what you’re learning to your own context
  • diverse teaching methods to enhance learning outcomes which will be delivered via learning activities such as University of Cambridge academic led videos, quizzes and group work  
  • optional live sessions (1 hour) with University of Cambridge academics and tutors to deepen your understanding of the week's material. These sessions may include an informal Q&A, a short lecture or a breakout activity that builds on the content introduced that week. All sessions are recorded and made available to stream so you can catch up whenever suits you
  • guided critical thinking via our reflective workbook so you can collect, structure and summarise information and your thoughts as you progress through the course. 

What will I get on completion?

Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion.

Course dates

  • 2024

    22 Apr - 17 Jun

    Enrolment ended


Level of knowledge

  • a level of spoken and written English sufficient to allow you to participate and succeed in the course (we recommend that you have an English Language level equivalent to an IELTS score of 7, as outlined in section 5 of our Terms of Purchase (Opens in a new window))

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