Biotechnology Entrepreneurship

Starting, Managing, and Leading Biotech Companies

Edited by

  • Craig Shimasaki, CEO, BioSource Consulting Group, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

As an authoritative guide to biotechnology enterprise and entrepreneurship, Biotechnology Entrepreneurship and Management supports the international community in training the biotechnology leaders of tomorrow.

Outlining fundamental concepts vital to graduate students and practitioners entering the biotech industry in management or in any entrepreneurial capacity, Biotechnology Entrepreneurship and Management provides tested strategies and hard-won lessons from a leading board of educators and practitioners.

It provides a ‘how-to’ for individuals training at any level for the biotech industry, from macro to micro. Coverage ranges from the initial challenge of translating a technology idea into a working business case, through securing angel investment, and in managing all aspects of the result: business valuation, business development, partnering, biological manufacturing, FDA approvals and regulatory requirements.

An engaging and user-friendly style is complemented by diverse diagrams, graphics and business flow charts with decision trees to support effective management and decision making.

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For grad students studying or interested in the translation of medical / life science research into applied products, commercialization of those technologies, and development of early stage companies. Associated professionals interested in business of biotech, or tangent issues of entrepreneurship and leadership.


Book information

  • Published: April 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-404730-3

Table of Contents


Section I: Biotechnology Entrepreneurship 

1. Unleashing the Promise of Biotechnology to Help Heal, Fuel, and Feed the World
2. A Biotechnology Entrepreneur's Story: Advice to Future Entrepreneurs
3. The Biotechnology Industry: An Engine of Innovation
4. What is Biotechnology Entrepreneurship?
5. Five Essential Elements for Growing Biotechnology Clusters

Section II: The Human Capital

6. Characteristics of Successful Biotechnology Leaders
7. Building, Managing, and Motivating Great Teams
8. Building Human Relationship Networks

Section III: The Technology

9. Understanding Biotechnology Product Sectors
10. Technology Opportunities: Evaluating the Idea
11. Commercialization of Bioagricultural Products
12. Understanding Biotechnology Business Models and Managing Risk

Section IV: The Emerging-Stage Biotechnology Company

13. Company Formation, Ownership Structure, and Securities Issues
14. Licensing the Technology: Biotechnology Commercialization Strategies Using University and Federal Labs
15. Intellectual Property Protection Strategies for Biotechnology Innovations

Section V: Biotechnology Market Development

16. Biotechnology Products and Their Customers: Developing a Successful Market Strategy
17. Biotechnology Product Coverage, Coding, and Reimbursement Strategies
18. Getting the Word Out: Using Public Relations Strategies to Support Biotechnology Business Goals

Section VI: The Financial Capital

19. Sources of Capital and Investor Motivations
20. Securing Angel Capital and Understanding How Angel Networks Operate
21. Understanding and Securing Venture Capital
22. Your Business Plan and Presentation: Articulating Your Journey to Commercialization

Section VII: Biotechnology Product Development

23. Therapeutic Drug Development and Human Clinical Trials
24. Development and Commercialization of In Vitro Diagnostics: Applications for Companion Diagnostics
25. Regulatory Approval and Compliances for Biotechnology Products
26. The Biomanufacturing of Biotechnology Products

Section VIII: The Later-Stage Biotechnology Company

27. Company Growth Stages and the Value of Corporate Culture
28. Biotechnology Business Development: The Art of the Deal
29. Biotech-Pharma Collaboration - A Strategic Tool: Case Study of Centocor
30. Ethical Considerations for Biotechnology Entrepreneurs
31. Career Opportunities in the Life Sciences Industry
32. Summary