Biotechnology Entrepreneurship

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

  • 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

    • Start

      26 September 2022

    • Finish

      21 November 2022

    • Enrol by

      19 September 2022

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Explore Biotechnology Entrepreneurship

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

  • identify potential advancements from pharmacology, biomedical, wellness devices and agri-biotech and wider biotechnology sectors
  • recognise new and emerging trends in biotechnology and evaluate them for their potential impact and commercial opportunities
  • analyse and appraise novel technical advancements from the life sciences and biotechnology for meeting unmet functional needs in conjunction with a critical comparison to existing technologies
  • assess potential opportunities based from their technical content commercial opportunities and risk-reward ratio
  • assess the potential commercial markets and identify opportunities for new or existing advancements from the life sciences or biotechnology
  • 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 hours per week

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

What will I get on completion?

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

University of Cambridge course leads

  • Professor Seamus Higson

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

    Professor 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

    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.

Course dates

  • 2022

    26 Sep - 21 Nov

    Places available

    Enrol by 19 Sep


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