Innovation and Entrepreneurship in biotechnology: from science to business

Compétences visées

at the end of this course, students will have acquired:

  1. Entrepreneurship skills, including increased capability to start a biotech business.
  2. The capacity to recognise the commercial opportunities opened by new biological discoveries.
  3. The ability to look at pressing problems from the perspective that these may have a biotechnological solution.
  4.  The anchoring of transversal skills in communication, team work, project management
  5. The importance of the interactions between teaching-research-entrepreneurship and the concept of ecosystem of innovation
  6. The importance of IP and scientific and technological survey
  7. The need for developing professional networks


The courses are firstly organized in short learning sessions dedicated to: creativity and methodologies of innovation; Bio business strategy; starting up a business: options, licencing, strategic alliance, spinouts, start-ups; Marketing.

Then the courses aims to teach students how to develop entrepreneurship in biotechnology:


  1. Identify potentially significant scientific advances, which open up valuable opportunities.
  2. Create a team to take advantage of such an opportunity.
  3. Obtain the resources necessary to create an entrepreneurial organisation.
  4. Manage the entrepreneurial organisation after its launch.
  5. Seek to grow the business into a sustainable enterprise.
  6. Create value for the enterprise’s stakeholders.

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