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A Biotech Manager's Handbook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781907568145, 9781908818157

A Biotech Manager's Handbook

1st Edition

A Practical Guide

Editors: M O'Neill M M Hopkins
eBook ISBN: 9781908818157
Hardcover ISBN: 9781907568145
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 2nd May 2012
Page Count: 414
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Table of Contents


List of figures and tables

About the Editors and Contributors

Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomedicine



Chapter 1: The bioscience sector: challenges and opportunities

Chapter 2: Academic innovation: so you want to be a bio-entrepreneur?

Chapter 3: Leadership and you

Chapter 4: Managing self, situations and stress

Chapter 5: It's all in the plan

Chapter 6: Exploring funding routes for therapeutics firms

Chapter 7: Raising funds and managing finances

Chapter 8: Introduction to intellectual property

Chapter 9: Managing projects and portfolios in R&D: why and how

Chapter 10: Successful registration of new therapies in the EU and USA

Chapter 11: Clinical trials: design and practice

Chapter 12: Business development: starting out

Chapter 13: Business development: to the deal and beyond

Chapter 14: Conclusions and final thoughts



A biotech manager's handbook lays out - in a simple, straightforward manner - for the manager or would-be entrepreneur the basic principles of running a biotech company. Most managers in biotechnology companies are working in their first company or in their first managerial role. Their expertise and experience in the scientific part of the work can be taken as a given but there is a whole range of other skills to be learned and areas of expertise to come to terms with. Small companies do not have big budgets to hire people or time to become an expert in so many areas. The book starts by outlining the state of the biopharmaceutical industry and goes on to explain the importance of planning (no matter what the size of the company). Succeeding chapters deal with the basics of intellectual property, perspectives from a university technology transfer office and how to raise some initial funding from an investor and entrepreneur.

Key Features

  • No other 'how to' manual exists for this sector
  • Written by a range of expert professionals in each area, all in one book
  • Is the only 'bench to bedside' book covering the whole spectrum of development


Biotechnologists in areas away from major biotech clusters; Managers/entrepreneurs of biotech companies; Pharmaceutical MBA candidates


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About the Editors

M O'Neill

Dr Michael O'Neill has had a career of more than 20 years working in neuroscience research in the pharmaceutical industry, working for Merck, Laboratorios Almirall and Eli Lilly. Michael's career has given him an expert knowledge of neuroscience balanced with a strong grasp of strategic principles drug discovery and development. Michael has authored over 80 papers, book chapters, patents and abstracts. He has presented his work at major international scientific conferences. He has held an adjunct appointment and has supervised PhD students at various leading universities. Michael is an accomplished research leader with extensive program and portfolio management experience. He has lead specialist and multidisciplinary teams in the UK, Europe and in the US. As a consultant Michael has helped companies of all sizes from university start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. This book is the distillation of all that experience.

Affiliations and Expertise

Eolas Biosciences Limited

M M Hopkins

Michael Hopkins is a biologist is currently a Research Fellow at Science Policy research Unit, University of Sussex, and a Visiting Research Fellow at Cass Business School (London). He specialises in the study of innovation systems related to innovations in healthcare, spanning public and private sectors, products (e.g. drugs) and services (e.g. diagnostic testing). He has published widely in natural science and social science fields on the role of intellectual property, regulation and finance in innovation (including in Nature, Nature Biotechnology and Research Policy - the top journals in their respective fields). From 2004-2006 Michael was a Research Fellow of the Economic & Social Research Council and Medical Research Council. Additionally he has worked on a wide range of research projects funded by the European Commission's framework programmes, and Joint Research Centre, the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, the UK's Department of Trade and Industry, Human Genetics Commission and Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Sussex, UK