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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BIOL5134M Commercialising pharmaceutical products

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Darren Tomlinson

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Sufficient entry qualifications to have been admitted to one of the above programmes.


BIOL5123MDrug Discovery and Development Pathways

Module replaces

BIOL5269M Commercialising Biopharmaceutical Products

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module aims to explore how economic value is created in the pharmaceutical 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 pharmaceutical industry;
- explore the role of intellectual property rights in the creation of economic value;
- examine the exploitation models that can be used to take pharmaceutical 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:
1. Appreciate commercial drivers for product development
2. Identify appropriate IPR, and how to protect these rights, to add value to applied R&D programmes
3. Understand how to identify, contextualise and communicate opportunities for pharmaceutical products
4. 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


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
Group learning13.003.00
Private study hours73.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

10 hour private study on assignment for IP component of course.
53 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
ReportProject report: OBM, 3000 words40.00
Reflective logTeamwork & leadership – self-assessment and reflection35.00
In-course AssessmentPatent claim report: Freedom to operate report 1,000 words25.00
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: 28/09/2022


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