Postgraduate Course: Industry and Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology (PGBI11090)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will explore ways in which new opportunities arising from advances in biological knowledge can be turned into viable organisations that create value. The course will seek to teach students how advances in bioscience have been ┐spun out┐ into biotech companies and how such entrepreneurial biotechs have both succeeded and failed in becoming sustainable enterprises.
It will also emphasise that biotech investors do not back individuals, they back viable teams and consequently around half of the course will involve working in small teams on group projects and proposals.
The course aims to teach students how to:
- Identify potentially significant scientific advances which open up valuable opportunities.
- Create a team to take advantage of such an opportunity.
- Obtain the resources necessary to create an entrepreneurial organisation.
- Manage the entrepreneurial organisation after its launch.
- Seek to grow the business into a sustainable enterprise.
- Create value for the enterprise┐s stakeholders.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||A Group report (100%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop entrepreneurship skills, including an increased capability to start a biotech business
- Increase their capacity to recognise the commercial opportunities opened by new biological discoveries
- Explore pressing problems from the perspective that these may have a biotechnological solution
- Understand what intellectual property is and how it is accumulated
- Form and participate in an entrepreneurial group, developing understanding of a variety of entrepreneurial strategies
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- How to fuse individual initiative with a managed group effort within a structured enterprise swith a common goal.
- Communicating with people outside academia.
- Time and effort management
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Free
Tel: (0131 6)50 5338
|Course secretary||Ms Andrea Nichol
Tel: (0131 6)50 8643