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Postgraduate Course: Industry and Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology (PGBI11090)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description Link to a video describing the course from the Course Organiser:

Students requesting to take Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery (PGBI11049) alongside Industry & Entrepreneurship (PGBI11090) are permitted to do so, but should note that there is some overlap.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students requesting to take Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery (PGBI11049) alongside Industry & Entrepreneurship (PGBI11090) are permitted to do so, but should note that there is some overlap.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Group Presentation (25%)
Group Report (30%)
Individual Section of Group Report (45%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop entrepreneurship skills, including an increased capability to start a biotech business
  2. Increase their capacity to recognise the commercial opportunities opened by new biological discoveries
  3. Explore pressing problems from the perspective that these may have a biotechnological solution
  4. Understand what intellectual property is and how it is accumulated
  5. Form and participate in an entrepreneurial group, developing understanding of a variety of entrepreneurial strategies
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Additional Information
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 organiserDr Andrew Free
Tel: (0131 6)50 5338
Course secretaryMs Andrea Nichol
Tel: (0131 6)50 8643
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