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Biotechnology Entrepreneurship

Starting, Managing, and Leading Biotech Companies

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.


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.

Hardbound, 488 Pages

Published: April 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-404730-3


  • Preface

    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


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