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Business from Bioscience

Designed for bioscience professionals who want to understand, and act upon, business opportunities in the field

  • Duration

    To be confirmed

  • Commitment

    8-10 hours per week

  • Price


  • Study mode

    Tutor guided

  • Certificate of Achievement

    Evidence your learning with a certificate on successful completion

    • Start

      To be confirmed

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Course overview

This course provides entrepreneurial training to professionals working in bioscience and the life sciences. 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 be confident in identifying bioscience 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?

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • identify potential bioscience advancements from the pharmacology, biomedical devices, and agri-biotechnology sectors
  • recognise new and emerging trends in biotechnology and evaluate them for their potential impact and commercial opportunities
  • analyse and appraise novel bioscience technical advancements for meeting unmet functional needs, in conjunction with a critical comparison to existing technologies
  • rank potential opportunities based on their technical viability, commercial opportunities and risk-reward ratio
  • assess the potential commercial markets and identify opportunities for new or existing bioscience advancements
  • produce a business plan with consideration of intellectual property protection, angel investors and/or venture capital fundraising, market exploitation and income streams – along with business development plans and exit routes, with clear reasoning for each

Study commitments

  • 8-10 hours per week

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will I get on completion?

Evidence your learning with a certificate on successful completion

University of Cambridge course leads

  • Dr Seamus Higson

    Dr Seamus Higson

    BSc (Hons), AKC, PhD, C.Sci, C.Eng, FIMMM, DSc

    Dr Higson is the current programme manager for the MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise. He is a serial biotech entrepreneur with more than 25 years' experience in commericialising bioscience innovations.
  • Professor Elizabeth (Lisa) Hall

    Professor Elizabeth (Lisa) Hall

    CBE, BSc, PhD, MA, C.Chem, FRSC, DSc (honoris causa)

    Professor Hall is an experienced leader and innovator in academia, technology start-ups and third sector organisations. She has spent over 30 years motivating teams to work across boundaries and drive translational change.

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