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BIOL5269M Commercialising Biopharmaceutical Products

10 creditsClass Size: 33

Module manager: Professor John Colyer

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a Biological Sciences subject, Bioprocessing or Biochemical Engineering. Relevant voluntary or work experience may be taken into account.


BIOL5164MBiopharmaceutical Development Pathway

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module aims to explore how economic value is created in the biopharmaceutical industry. It aims to explore how intellectual property rights are used to maximise economic value, and how business strategies align with external drivers to bring economic (and healthcare) benefits from proprietary products.


The module objectives are to:
- Provide students with an understanding of the economic drivers across the biopharmaceutical industry;
- Explore the role of intellectual property rights in the creation of economic value;
- Examine the exploitation models that can be used to take biopharmaceutical products to market;
- Develop students’ understanding of leadership and team roles within a commercial setting.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Appreciate commercial drivers for product development;
- Identify appropriate IPR, and how to protect these rights, to add value to applied R&D programmes;
- Understand how to identify, contextualise and communicate opportunities for biopharmaceutical products;
- Articulate their preferred roles within a team & leadership style and understand the range of skills needed to develop successful working relationships in a commercial setting

Skills outcomes
Additionally, students will develop a full range of skills in creative problem solving, critical thinking, independent working, research skills, initiative and time management.


The module will cover the following:
- Forms of intellectual property (IP), protection of IP rights and mechanisms of exploitation of IP rights;
- The factors and strategies affecting commercial value:
a) Nurturing creativity and innovation;
b) Commercial, economic, societal, legal & technological drivers;
c) Opportunity dimensions; proposition, people, place, process, profit;
d) Open innovation – concept & implementation;
- The practical development of an opportunity business model.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours75.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

20 hour private study on assignment for IP component of course
45 hour private study on the OBM
10 hours private study on the reflective log

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through attendance at, and participation in, lectures and seminars. Progress will be measured through reflective logs and formative assessments (such as pitching the OBM) during the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportCSWK2; Opportunity Business Model, 3000 words (group)40.00
Reflective logCSWK3: Teamwork & leadership – self-assessment and reflection (individual)25.00
ReportCSWK1: Freedom to operate report 2000 words (individual report)35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit of whole module by submission of new coursework piece

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/08/2021 16:10:27


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