“So what is it that you actually do, Dr. Rifkind?” (groan, groan) It didn’t matter if the question was from my accountant, my dinner party companion or my cousin Minnie, I was never able to give an answer that satisfied either the questioner or me. That’s why, when I retired from the laboratory bench five years ago, I decided to tackle the challenge of making biomedical research more transparent.
Here is a recent keynote I gave for the Delaware Valley Innovation Network. The group is working on coordinating the activities of community colleges — and other parties — between the adjacent Delaware, Philadelphia, and New Jersey regions. My objective was to use case studies to show that drawing circles around regions to count combined assets (as is too frequently done) is not enough; it is also necessary to find ways to drive collaboration.
These papers are from the 2009 final projects in the NIH Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences TECH 366 — Biotechnology Management. The students were asked to tell a story based on the course lectures, and to expand with general lessons biotechnology company management:
John Avellanet, a frequent contributor to this blog, is giving a talk for my biotechnology management class at the NIH next week. He’s posted his slides and some background readings on his web site at http://www.ceruleanllc.com/NIH/. These materials will only be available until April 25th, so hurry on over and read them.
I will be opening the Business Matters for Scientists program at Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business on March 6th 2009. My focus will be providing an extensive overview of the biotechnology industry and insights on paths to entrepreneurship and business planning considerations. In addition to laying out the fundamentals for success, I will also address practical considerations in developing biotechnology companies and illustrate the diversity of entrepreneurial approaches and cases of unforeseen hurdles in biotechnology business development.
For those who cannot make it to Baltimore for the certificate program, two other options exist:
Biotech-U.com is an online biotechnology education platform offering self-directed courses covering the scientific, legal, regulatory, political, and commercial aspects of biotechnology.
After months of effort, I’m pleased to announce the launch of Biotech U, a biotechnology education resource featuring web-based lessons on biotechnology business, law, IP, politics, regulations, and science.
Biotech U is based on Building Biotechnology, the leading text used in business-of-biotechnology courses. The online-learning structure is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals who seek a robust educational resource but lack the time to attend traditional classes. Feel free to try the sample course, an Introduction to Biotechnology, and I hope you enjoy this new resource.