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An interesting thread on the topic of educational paths to enter the biotechnology industry has popped up in the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology Linkedin group. Are you intrigued? Do you have any guidance? Hop over and join the discussion.

Check out the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and my Biotechnology Books for more information on the business of biotechnology.

Building the case for biotechnology - Management Case Studies in Science, Laws, Regulations, Politics, and Business I am pleased to announce the availability of  individual cases from Building the Case for Biotechnology Management Case Studies in Science, Laws, Regulations, Politics, and Business in digital and printed formats. The casebook, which was recently reviewed in Nature Biotechnology, features 22 case studies in science; law, regulation, politics; and business, and a foreword by G. Steven Burrill.

A list of cases and links for more information and individual case ordering follows:

Part I: Science

Medarex: Realizing its Potential?
Mark J. Ahn, Alan Leong, Wei Wu, and Masum Rahman
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; University of Washington, Bothell
Buy this  biotechnology management case

FoxHollow Technologies: The SilverHawk® Cuts Open a New Market
Erik Miller, Dina Finan, and Michael Alvarez
Stanford University
Buy this biotechnology management case

OraPharma: Reformulation of an Existing Product
Payam Benyamini, Mark J. Ahn, and Danielle Hathaway
University of California, Los Angeles; Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Buy this biotechnology management case

DesignMedix: Maintain Product Focus or Leverage Technology Platform?
Elizabeth R. Bivins-Smith , Bettina M. Frana , and W. Kellogg Thorsel
School of Business Administration, Portland State University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Oxigene: Realizing Value from Multiple Technology Platforms
Mark J. Ahn, Anne S. York, David Ackerley and Rebecca Bednarek
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; College of Business, Creighton University; and Victoria University of Wellington
Buy this biotechnology management case

Part II: Laws, Regulations, Politics

Tysabri Re-launch Decision: Promise and Perils of Addressing Unmet Needs
Mark J. Ahn & Laura Ueki
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Buy this biotechnology management case

XDx: Navigating Regulatory & Reimbursement Challenges
Laura Elias and Michael Alvarez
Stanford University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Dyadic International: From Doom to Dawn—What’s Next?
Polly S. Rizova, Adelaida Patrasc Lungu, and Mark J. Ahn
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Buy this biotechnology management case

The Prince Edward Island Bioscience Cluster: Creating a Knowledge-Based Economy
Steven Casper, Juergen Krause, and Adelee MacNevin
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences and University of Prince Edward Island
Buy this biotechnology management case

The Founding and Growth of On-Q-ity: Developing Advances in Personalized Medicine
Daniel Dornbusch and Mark J. Ahn
Novartis International AG; Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Airway Tools Company: Changing Medical Device Standards of Care
Andrew Maxwell, Bahram Behnam Azad, Michael Alvarez
University of Toronto; Stanford University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Part III: Business

Genentech Acquisition by Roche: Will Innovation Wither?
Mark J. Ahn, Anne S. York, David Ackerley, Hannah A. Pearce, Mark J. Calcott, Natelle C. Quek, Sonai Lim, Rochene E. Higginson, Hannah D. Hoang, and David Lee Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; College of Business, Creighton University; and School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington
Buy this biotechnology management case

Myogen: Are We There Yet?
Mark J. Ahn and Travis Cook
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Compression Dynamics: In Search of Sales
Anne S. York and Martin Winkler
College of Business, Creighton University and University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University Medical Center
Buy this biotechnology management case

iKaryos Diagnostics: The Rocky Road from Concept to Startup
Anne S. York
College of Business, Creighton University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Biocon: From Local to Global
Ashish Hajela, Shad Shahid, & Mohammad Akbar
Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, India
Buy this biotechnology management case

Adnexus: Strategic and Resource Considerations When Developing Novel Biotechnology Medicines
Susan Sieloff, Tucker Marion, John Friar, and Raymond Kinnunen
College of Business Administration, Northeastern University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Gardasil: From University Discovery to Global Blockbuster Drug
Alan Collier, Mark J. Ahn and Brendan Gray
University of Otago; Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Guru Instruments: Bootstrapping a Bioscience Device Startup
Anne S. York
College of Business, Creighton University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Growing Pains at Camelot Biopharmaceuticals
Lynn Johnson Langer
Johns Hopkins University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Sandhill Scientific: Where to Manufacture?
Staci D. Sanford and Arlen Meyers
University of Colorado Denver
Buy this biotechnology management case

Lumina Life Sciences: The Challenges of Raising Capital to take to Market a Promising Technology Innovation
Magda Choruzy, Andrew Maxwell, Michael Alvarez
University of Toronto; Stanford University
Buy this biotechnology management case

 

Contents Foreword
G. Steven Burrill
Burrill & Company 

Preface
Mark J. Ahn, Michael A. Alvarez, Arlen D. Meyers, Anne S. York

Introduction
Yali Friedman
thinkBiotech LLC

How to Teach Bioscience Using the Case Discussion Method
Trent Wachner and Anne S. York
College of Business, Creighton University

Part I: Science

Medarex: Realizing its Potential?
Mark J. Ahn, Alan Leong, Wei Wu, and Masum Rahman
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; University of Washington, Bothell
Buy this  biotechnology management case

FoxHollow Technologies: The SilverHawk® Cuts Open a New Market
Erik Miller, Dina Finan, and Michael Alvarez
Stanford University
Buy this biotechnology management case

OraPharma: Reformulation of an Existing Product
Payam Benyamini, Mark J. Ahn, and Danielle Hathaway
University of California, Los Angeles; Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Buy this biotechnology management case

DesignMedix: Maintain Product Focus or Leverage Technology Platform?
Elizabeth R. Bivins-Smith , Bettina M. Frana , and W. Kellogg Thorsel
School of Business Administration, Portland State University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Oxigene: Realizing Value from Multiple Technology Platforms
Mark J. Ahn, Anne S. York, David Ackerley and Rebecca Bednarek
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; College of Business, Creighton University; and Victoria University of Wellington
Buy this biotechnology management case

Part II: Laws, Regulations, Politics

Tysabri Re-launch Decision: Promise and Perils of Addressing Unmet Needs
Mark J. Ahn & Laura Ueki
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Buy this biotechnology management case

XDx: Navigating Regulatory & Reimbursement Challenges
Laura Elias and Michael Alvarez
Stanford University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Dyadic International: From Doom to Dawn—What’s Next?
Polly S. Rizova, Adelaida Patrasc Lungu, and Mark J. Ahn
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Buy this biotechnology management case

The Prince Edward Island Bioscience Cluster: Creating a Knowledge-Based Economy
Steven Casper, Juergen Krause, and Adelee MacNevin
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences and University of Prince Edward Island
Buy this biotechnology management case

The Founding and Growth of On-Q-ity: Developing Advances in Personalized Medicine
Daniel Dornbusch and Mark J. Ahn
Novartis International AG; Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Airway Tools Company: Changing Medical Device Standards of Care
Andrew Maxwell, Bahram Behnam Azad, Michael Alvarez
University of Toronto; Stanford University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Part III: Business

Genentech Acquisition by Roche: Will Innovation Wither?
Mark J. Ahn, Anne S. York, David Ackerley, Hannah A. Pearce, Mark J. Calcott, Natelle C. Quek, Sonai Lim, Rochene E. Higginson, Hannah D. Hoang, and David Lee Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; College of Business, Creighton University; and School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington
Buy this biotechnology management case

Myogen: Are We There Yet?
Mark J. Ahn and Travis Cook
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Compression Dynamics: In Search of Sales
Anne S. York and Martin Winkler
College of Business, Creighton University and University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University Medical Center
Buy this biotechnology management case

iKaryos Diagnostics: The Rocky Road from Concept to Startup
Anne S. York
College of Business, Creighton University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Biocon: From Local to Global
Ashish Hajela, Shad Shahid, & Mohammad Akbar
Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, India
Buy this biotechnology management case

Adnexus: Strategic and Resource Considerations When Developing Novel Biotechnology Medicines
Susan Sieloff, Tucker Marion, John Friar, and Raymond Kinnunen
College of Business Administration, Northeastern University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Gardasil: From University Discovery to Global Blockbuster Drug
Alan Collier, Mark J. Ahn and Brendan Gray
University of Otago; Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Guru Instruments: Bootstrapping a Bioscience Device Startup
Anne S. York
College of Business, Creighton University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Growing Pains at Camelot Biopharmaceuticals
Lynn Johnson Langer
Johns Hopkins University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Sandhill Scientific: Where to Manufacture?
Staci D. Sanford and Arlen Meyers
University of Colorado Denver
Buy this biotechnology management case

Lumina Life Sciences: The Challenges of Raising Capital to take to Market a Promising Technology Innovation
Magda Choruzy, Andrew Maxwell, Michael Alvarez
University of Toronto; Stanford University
Buy this biotechnology management case

Resources

I will be teaching Biotechnology Management (TECH 566) again this spring at the National Institutes of Health Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences. The focus of this course is on learning the skills necessary to succeed in the biotechnology industry. Classes are comprised of a combination of lectures based on my textbook, Building Biotechnology, and guest lectures from local entrepreneurs, financiers, and biotechnology company management.

Classes start on January 25th, and are held on Tuesday evenings in the NIH Office of Technology Transfer offices. For more details, see TECH 566 in the FAES course catalog.

Now available, a new textbook from Logos Press:

Building the Case for Biotechnology: Management Case Studies in Science, Laws, Regulations, Politics, and Business

Available from Amazon.com and bookstores everywhere.

Mark J. Ahn, Michael A. Alvarez, Arlen D. Meyers, Anne S. York, editors
Foreword by G. Steven Burrill
First Edition, July 2010
Perfect Bound, 416 pages, US$79.95
ISBN: 978-1-934899-15-1

Building the case for biotechnology: Management Case Studies in Science, Laws, Regulations, Politics, and BusinessThis volume helps to fill the void in life science entrepreneurship and management case books and provides faculty and students with not only the charts, but the simulated experience of sailing the turbulent and exciting oceans of the biomedical industry toward creating significant value for patients and society.

Building the Case for Biotechnology features:

  • Foreword by G. Steven Burrill
  • Introductory chapter on how to teach bioscience using the case method
  • 22 case studies in science; laws, regulations, politics; and business
  • Ample figures, graphs, and tables to complement the text
  • Resources for further reading

Contents

Foreword
G. Steven Burrill
Burrill & Company

Preface
Mark J. Ahn, Michael A. Alvarez, Arlen D. Meyers, Anne S. York
Introduction
Yali Friedman
thinkBiotech LLC

How to Teach Bioscience Using the Case Discussion Method
Trent Wachner and Anne S. York
College of Business, Creighton University

Part I: Science

Medarex, Inc.: Realizing its Potential?
Mark J. Ahn, Alan Leong, Wei Wu1, and Masum Rahman
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; University of Washington, Bothell

FoxHollow Technologies: The SilverHawk® Cuts Open a New Market
Erik Miller, Dina Finan, and Michael Alvarez
Stanford University

OraPharma, Inc: Reformulation of an Existing Product
Payam Benyamini and Mark J. Ahn
University of California, Los Angeles; Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

DesignMedix, Inc.: Maintain Product Focus or Leverage Technology Platform?
Elizabeth R. Bivins-Smith , Bettina M. Frana , and W. Kellogg Thorsel
School of Business Administration, Portland State University

Oxigene, Inc.: Realizing Value from Multiple Technology Platforms
Mark J. Ahn, Anne S. York, David Ackerley and Rebecca Bednarek
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; College of Business, Creighton University; and Victoria University of Wellington

Part II: Laws, Regulations, Politics

Tysabri Re-launch Decision: Promise and Perils of Addressing Unmet Needs
Mark J. Ahn & Laura Ueki
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

XDx: Navigating Regulatory & Reimbursement Challenges
Laura Elias and Michael Alvarez
Stanford University

Dyadic International, Inc.: From Doom to Dawn—What’s Next?
Polly S. Rizova, Adelaida Patrasc Lungu, and Mark J. Ahn
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

The Prince Edward Island Bioscience Cluster: Creating a Knowledge-Based Economy
Steven Casper, Juergen Krause, and Adelee MacNevin
Keck Graduate Institute and University of Prince Edward Island

The Founding and Growth of On-Q-ity: Developing Advances in Personalized Medicine
Daniel Dornbusch and Mark J. Ahn
Novartis International AG; Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

Airway Tools Company Inc.: Changing Medical Device Standards of Care
Andrew Maxwell, Bahram Behnam, Michael Alvarez
University of Toronto; Stanford University

Part III: Business

Genentech Acquisition by Roche: Will Innovation Wither?
Mark J. Ahn, Anne S. York, David Ackerley and David Lee
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; College of Business, Creighton University; and School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington

Myogen, Inc.: Are We There Yet?
Mark J. Ahn and Travis Cook
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

Compression Dynamics: In Search of Sales
Anne S. York and Martin Winkler
College of Business, Creighton University and University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University Medical Center

iKaryos Diagnostics: The Rocky Road from Concept to Startup
Anne S. York
College of Business, Creighton University

Biocon: From Local to Global
Ashish Hajela, Shad Shahid, & Mohammad Akbar
Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, India

Adnexus: Strategic and Resource Considerations When Developing Novel Biotechnology Medicines
Susan Sieloff, Tucker Marion, John Friar, and Raymond Kinnunen
College of Business Administration, Northeastern University

Gardasil: From University Discovery to Global Blockbuster Drug
Alan Collier, Mark J. Ahn and Brendan Gray
University of Otago; Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

Guru Instruments: Bootstrapping a Bioscience Device Startup
Anne S. York
College of Business, Creighton University

Growing Pains at Camelot Biopharmaceuticals
Lynn Johnson Langer
Johns Hopkins University

Sandhill Scientific: Where to Manufacture?
Staci D. Sanford and Arlen Meyers
University of Colorado Denver

Lumina Life Sciences: The Challenges of Raising Capital to take to Market a Promising Technology Innovation
Magda Choruzy, Andrew Maxwell, Michael Alvarez
University of Toronto; Stanford University

Resources

I’ve decided to open up Biotech U and make the comprehensive biotechnology industry overview course free for the month of July. The course is derived from my textbook, Building Biotechnology, and covers the following topics:Comprehensive Biotechnology Industry Overview

  • Biotechnology Industry Introduction
  • The Development of Biotechnology
  • Preface: The Science of Biotechnology
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology
  • Drug Development
  • Tools and Techniques
  • Applications
  • Preface: Laws, Regulations, and Politics
  • Intellectual Property Regulation
  • Politics
  • Preface: The Business of Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology Company Fundamentals
  • Finance
  • Research and Development
  • Marketing
  • Licensing, Alliances, and Mergers
  • Managing Biotechnology
  • International Biotechnology
  • Final Words

Check it out today, at http://www.BiotechU.com

Announcing a new textbook from Logos Press:

Building the Case for Biotechnology: Management Case Studies in Science, Laws, Regulations, Politics, and Business

Mark J. Ahn, Michael A. Alvarez, Arlen D. Meyers, Anne S. York, editors
Foreword by G. Steven Burrill
First Edition, July 2010
Perfect Bound, 416 pages, US$79.95
ISBN: 978-1-934899-15-1

Building the case for biotechnology: Management Case Studies in Science, Laws, Regulations, Politics, and BusinessThis volume helps to fill the void in life science entrepreneurship and management case books and provides faculty and students with not only the charts, but the simulated experience of sailing the turbulent and exciting oceans of the biomedical industry toward creating significant value for patients and society.

Building the Case for Biotechnology features:

  • Foreword by G. Steven Burrill
  • Introductory chapter on how to teach bioscience using the case method
  • 22 case studies in science; laws, regulations, politics; and business
  • Ample figures, graphs, and tables to complement the text
  • Resources for further reading

Contents Foreword
G. Steven Burrill
Burrill & Company

Preface
Mark J. Ahn, Michael A. Alvarez, Arlen D. Meyers, Anne S. York
Introduction
Yali Friedman
thinkBiotech LLC

How to Teach Bioscience Using the Case Discussion Method
Trent Wachner and Anne S. York
College of Business, Creighton University

Part I: Science

Medarex, Inc.: Realizing its Potential?
Mark J. Ahn, Alan Leong, Wei Wu1, and Masum Rahman
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; University of Washington, Bothell

FoxHollow Technologies: The SilverHawk® Cuts Open a New Market
Erik Miller, Dina Finan, and Michael Alvarez
Stanford University

OraPharma, Inc: Reformulation of an Existing Product
Payam Benyamini and Mark J. Ahn
University of California, Los Angeles; Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

DesignMedix, Inc.: Maintain Product Focus or Leverage Technology Platform?
Elizabeth R. Bivins-Smith , Bettina M. Frana , and W. Kellogg Thorsel
School of Business Administration, Portland State University

Oxigene, Inc.: Realizing Value from Multiple Technology Platforms
Mark J. Ahn, Anne S. York, David Ackerley and Rebecca Bednarek
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; College of Business, Creighton University; and Victoria University of Wellington

Part II: Laws, Regulations, Politics

Tysabri Re-launch Decision: Promise and Perils of Addressing Unmet Needs
Mark J. Ahn & Laura Ueki
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

XDx: Navigating Regulatory & Reimbursement Challenges
Laura Elias and Michael Alvarez
Stanford University

Dyadic International, Inc.: From Doom to Dawn—What’s Next?
Polly S. Rizova, Adelaida Patrasc Lungu, and Mark J. Ahn
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

The Prince Edward Island Bioscience Cluster: Creating a Knowledge-Based Economy
Steven Casper, Juergen Krause, and Adelee MacNevin
Keck Graduate Institute and University of Prince Edward Island

The Founding and Growth of On-Q-ity: Developing Advances in Personalized Medicine
Daniel Dornbusch and Mark J. Ahn
Novartis International AG; Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

Airway Tools Company Inc.: Changing Medical Device Standards of Care
Andrew Maxwell, Bahram Behnam, Michael Alvarez
University of Toronto; Stanford University

Part III: Business

Genentech Acquisition by Roche: Will Innovation Wither?
Mark J. Ahn, Anne S. York, David Ackerley and David Lee
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; College of Business, Creighton University; and School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington

Myogen, Inc.: Are We There Yet?
Mark J. Ahn and Travis Cook
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

Compression Dynamics: In Search of Sales
Anne S. York and Martin Winkler
College of Business, Creighton University and University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University Medical Center

iKaryos Diagnostics: The Rocky Road from Concept to Startup
Anne S. York
College of Business, Creighton University

Biocon: From Local to Global
Ashish Hajela, Shad Shahid, & Mohammad Akbar
Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, India

Adnexus Theraputics, Inc.: Arranging Resources Needed To Move Through Development
Susan Sieloff, Tucker Marion, John Friar, and Raymond Kinnunen
College of Business Administration, Northeastern University

Gardasil: From University Discovery to Global Blockbuster Drug
Alan Collier, Mark J. Ahn and Brendan Gray
University of Otago; Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

Guru Instruments: Bootstrapping a Bioscience Device Startup
Anne S. York
College of Business, Creighton University

Growing Pains at Camelot Biopharmaceuticals
Lynn Johnson Langer
Johns Hopkins University

Sandhill Scientific: Where to Manufacture?
Staci D. Sanford and Arlen Meyers
University of Colorado Denver

Lumina Life Sciences: The Challenges of Raising Capital to take to Market a Promising Technology Innovation
Magda Choruzy, Andrew Maxwell, Michael Alvarez
University of Toronto; Stanford University

Resources

I recently gave a talk on educating the next generation of biotechnology managers and founders at a biotechnology education workshop. My sense is that the traditional education paths are not ideal ways to prepare individuals to manage or start biotechnology companies, and I describe cases from Best Practices in Biotechnology Education and courses I have been involved with to illustrate how educational programs can better prepare students for these roles.

I’ve attached a copy of my presentation below.

I will be giving a talk on Educating the Next Generation of Biotechnology Founders and Managers at Pittcon in Orlando on March 1st.

The talk will be based on my observations in writing  Building Biotechnology and editing Best Practices in Biotechnology Education, in addition to the teaching I’ve done on the topic. I’ll be posting my slides after the event, but for a preview you can see my recent editorial on continuing education in biotechnology in the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology.

Hope to meet some readers while I’m down there…

I’m giving a talk at Pittcon on biotechnology training this spring. As many readers know, I have been very active in biotechnology education through my books and the classes I teach. So, I’ve got a strong sense of the supply-side of biotechnology education and training, and the academic side of biotechnology education, but would like some more perspective on the industry side of biotechnology education and training.

So, I’d like to post an open question:

How do you train your new biotechnology employees?

I want to learn more about the training systems used to bring new hires, with either scientific or business backgrounds, up to speed on the business of biotechnology. What are the methods and tools you use? You may post your response in the comments below, or if you’d rather be off the record, feel free to contact me directly.