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Two new biotechnology books:
I’m proud to announce two new books featuring international best practices in biotechnology business development and biotechnology education. These new books respectively empower industry leaders operating in the dynamic biotechnology industry, and help address the global shortage of skilled biotechnology workers.

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First Edition, March 2008
Perfect Bound, 342 pages, US$74.95
ISBN: 978-09734676-7-3
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Best Practices in Biotechnology Education
22 International Best Practices in K-12, College, Certificate, Master’s, Doctoral, MBA, Distance Education Programs and Student Groups
This international compilation is directed at faculty and program directors seeking to start or expand biotechnology education programs; policy makers and economic developers seeking to meet workforce needs; and, students, scientists, and business professionals looking to enter the biotechnology industry or upgrade their existing skills. The included cases describe a wide variety of international programs from high-school through Ph.D. levels, and student clubs. Some programs are in their first years whereas others are quite mature and have diversified to offer myriad degree and certificate programs.
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First Edition, March 2008
Perfect Bound, 186 pages, US$67.95
ISBN: 978-09734676-0-4
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Best Practices in Biotechnology Business Development
Valuation, Licensing, Cash Flow, Pharmacoeconomics, Market Selection, Communication, and Intellectual Property
Best Practices in Biotechnology Business Development provides a framework to understand critical issues in biotechnology business development. Experts from a wide range of disciplines have contributed best practices based on their experiences and expertise, enabling biotechnology entrepreneurs, senior managers, directors, and officers to develop a better understanding of the key elements in these operations, empowering them to better manage their implementation.
These books complement my recent title, Building Biotechnology:


Second Edition, August 2006
Hardcover, 320 pages, US$54.95
ISBN: 09734676-3-0
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Building Biotechnology
Scientists know science; businesspeople know business.
This book explains both.

As biotechnology changes paradigms in medicine, agriculture, and industrial processes, there is a pressing need for cross-trained individuals capable of developing new innovations and bringing them to market. Building Biotechnology helps readers start and manage biotechnology companies and understand the business of biotechnology. This acclaimed book describes the convergence of scientific, political, regulatory, and commercial factors that drive the biotechnology industry and define its scope.

For more information, contact info@thinkbiotech.com.

My recent presentation at the “Biotechnology for Turkey” conference has been posted online. My central thesis was that the challenges faced by Turkey (and most any other location) are shared by many states within the United States. I’ve heard too many people opine for the seemingly easy start-up environment in the United States. The reality is that outside of the major hubs, biotechnology can be very hard to develop. It can even be difficult within the major hubs. So, instead of looking longingly at the strong position of leading regions in the U.S., why not look at the aggressive strategies being used by developing regions?

Check out my talk here.

I’ll be giving a talk on career development in biotechnology at UNC-Chapel Hill on Wednesday May 16th at 4pm in the Bioinformatics Building (ground floor auditorium), to be followed by a social/networking session at Top of the Hill (local brewery) at 5:30.

My talk will open with my meandering career path, (hopefully) provide some guidance for those at the start of their careers, and provide some perspective on the coming impacts of the globalization of biotechnology.

The talk is open to all. For more information, contact my host, Brant Hamel at the Carolina Student Biotechnology Network.