Since 2008 we had the pleasure of teaching more than 600 international talents through BioBusiness Summer School and they have rewarded us by grading the summer school with an average of 8,5 out of 10 and giving us incredible feedback like “eye-opener to industry”, “very rich content and incredible quality of the speakers”, “an absolute must for every biomedical researcher”, “very intense week with a lot of knowledge that was completely new to me, but super valuable to determine my view on the industry”, “a potentially life changing experience for my future career”, “thought-provoking and an excellent environment for learning”, “these are not the things you can learn from books”, “excellent business school perfectly adapted to life science people, with top-notch speakers which allows for great networking opportunities”.
Here below you can find more detailed testimonials we received from some of our alumni. Read on and discover how they have experienced the BioBusiness Summer School:
Tamara Vanessa Werner
"Due to the corona crisis, the 2020 edition of the BioBusiness Summer School was the first online edition of this course. The organizers and speakers adopted absolutely great to this situation to give the participants the best experience during this amazing week. It was a great opportunity to hear lectures about important aspects in the life science business like intellectual property rights, business development, regulatory affairs and finance models. The program was completed by helpful information about career options in life science industry as well as advice for career planning and job applications. I would highly recommend this Summer School to PhD students and Postdocs, especially those contemplating about a career switch from academia to industry."
Postdoctoral researcher, UPMC Sorbonne Université
"I’ve attended the 2019 edition of the BioBusiness Summer School and it has been an amazing week. The high quality of all the speakers, and their passion for their jobs can really break down the prejudices that we in academia often have towards the industry world. For me it has been a paradigm shifting experience. As a postdoctoral researcher who always worked in academia, I never knew about all the possible career paths that can be accessible with my skills and education. Now, I have a clearer view on this complex world. In plus, I had the opportunity to learn about subjects such as business development, IP, regulatory affairs and finance that are not usually included in our typical course of study. I really recommend this Summer School to any PhD student or Post-Doc who wants to expand his or her knowledge about the life science industry world. "
Claudio Derada Troletti
Junior Consultant, ProPharma Group
"I attended the BioBusiness Summer School 2018 during the last months of my PhD mainly to explore different career possibilities beside academia.
With its wonderful program and top-notch speakers, the course exceeded my expectations. I learn a lot about finances, business development and entrepreneurship. What I also appreciate is the informal setting of this event, which allowed us to interact with the speakers. This simulative environment was a key ingredient of the course. The incredible platform offered is extremely useful since it gave you the possibility to network with the people who are in the front line in the pharmaceutical industry, at any level. The organization was perfect from the very beginning prior the course started until it finished.
After finishing the BioBusiness Summer School, I had more clear which possibilities I had and I start applying for jobs, mostly in the field of project management and Life Science consultancy. Since October 2018, I am working as Junior Consultant in the ProPharma Group (Leiden), where I am contributing to make a positive impact in the fields of (bio)pharmaceutical products and healthcare.
I am confident that having attended the BioBusiness Summer School helped me in better understating the complex ecosystem of Life Science, increased my network and opened new opportunities for my career.
I would strongly recommend to anyone considering leaving academia, and even to those who do not, to attend to the BioBusiness Summer School. "
Co-founder & Business Development Manager, SurGuide B.V.
"I attended the BioBusiness Summer School, while finishing my MSc biology combined with a business track called Science Based Business. As stated by the organization, attending the BioBusiness Summer school boosts your business career in life sciences. For me, this one-week course influenced my career in a very positive way. It gave me insight and inspiration about a career in the life science industry and it provided sufficient network activities, which helped me to get a job as business developer for a medical technology company. The program offers the possibility to have social interaction and have shared experiences with people that have the same background and who are willing to pursue a business career in the life sciences.
Besides the opportunity to interact, which is in my opinion the exclusivity of the programs that are offered by Hyphen projects, the program also touches upon the subjects needed to learn about the life science industry and entrepreneurship. This is supported with experiences from biggest names of the healthcare industry in the Netherlands who shared their successes and mistakes from their career. Currently, I’m working in an area where science and business are combined. Here, the connection with investors, medical professionals and technology experts must be made. I would highly recommend the BioBusiness Summer School to anyone who doubts to stay in the academia since the program will offer you the possibility to speak both the business as the scientific language."
Postdoc, University of Groningen
"Such a great pleasure to become an alumna of the BioBusiness Summer School 2018! Being in my second year of a postdoc, I am very excited to learn in a week a lot of aspects related to biobusiness, such as intellectual property rights, finance, venture capital, business models and product development. Great opportunity for gaining insights into the current world of biobusiness in life sciences and future perspectives! Spectacular speakers who are passionate about what they are doing and easily grab attention of the audience for more than an hour. So motivating! It was inspiring to network with peers with similar background and aims. Truly believe that most of the participants will occupy leading industrial positions in the future. Highly recommend to everyone, especially those who consider to make a transition from science in academia towards industrial career in life sciences!"
PhD candidate, VUB
"What’s next? – Is the most anxious question, I was facing being in the final stages of PhD. On top of it, not having relevant industry network and unsolicited advice from peers adds misery to the situation. The BioBusiness Summer School helped understanding ecosystem of the life science industry with complete landscape and then to identify areas to focus and align accordingly. Selectively picked highly passionate speakers and their highly articulated presentations never fail to amaze me. They transferred soft skills like story-telling, presentation skills, and mindfulness. Networking with like-minded personalities comes as a bonus to me. I would highly recommend the BioBusiness Summer School to the ones who believe in life-long learning and seriously thinking of transition to the industry from academia."
Alejandro Montón Silva
Product Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Smit & zoon
"The Biobusiness Summer School 2017 was a wonderful opportunity to have a better understanding about the different options available for PhD and Postdocs who, like me, aim to find a position in the pharmaceutical industry. The quality of all speakers and the experiences that they shared were very encouraging and provided us with very useful information. We learnt a lot about finances, regulatory aspects, entrepreneurship and business development. We even had the chance to visit Janssen pharmaceutics and talk to the people working there. There was also a lot of time for networking, and the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic. The event organization and the people of Hyphen Projects were also a plus. Definitely, I would strongly recommend to anyone considering to leave academia to attend to the Biobusiness Summer School."
Consultant in BioPharma Strategy, Catenion
"I had high expectations for the BioBusiness Summer School, but they were really fulfilled. I learned so much in the small amount of time. The lectures uncovered the biotech and pharma industry from all sides: from the drug discovery to the investors to the business development. The speakers shared their experience and lessons they have learnt in a very honest, straightforward and efficient way. And we got to know in person some of the biggest names of the healthcare industry in the Netherlands. I felt inspired and motivated by the course. Right after my PhD, I started working as a strategy consultant in biopharma and am very happy with my position. In my daily work, I still apply some of the lessons I learned in the course. The BioBusiness Summer School was absolutely worth it and I can highly recommend it."
Francisco Jesús Arjona Madueño
Postdoctoral scientist, Radboud umc
"I am glad to have participated in the BioBusiness Summer School 2018. This event provided me with key knowledge and network that I am sure will help me to make the challenging transition from academia to industry. In particular, the course taught me important aspects related to intellectual property, bussiness development and finance in industry. Illustrative business models were also shown. The presentations given were very inspiring and the organizers and the rest of participants were highly enthusiastic and motivated. I really enjoyed participating in this course. Now, I have been provided with the proper tools to "get my science out there in the society", the core value of the Life Science industry sector."
Postdoctoral Researcher, France
"I attended the BioBusiness Summer School 2017 to gain insight into bioscience entrepreneurship at the recommendation of a former BBSS participant and fellow Cheeky Scientist Associate Matthew Heberling. This invigorating program provided a broad insight into various aspects of industry, and a wealth of information on various well-known to well-hidden career options for STEM PhDs outside academia. The sessions were structured and talks from top-notch speakers provided distilled information about industry-related topics including business models, business development and finance, entrepreneurship, patents and licenses, and industry-academia collaborations. Networking opportunities provided time for discussions with the speakers that included R&D scientists and CEO/CFO/CSOs, and culminated in a site visit to Janssen Vaccines and meet-your-match sessions with several industry experts. In addition, there was ample of time to interact with the other participants in the course, which made it a very pleasant and rich learning experience. I believe this course can serve as a very effective launchpad into the exciting world of business in science, and I strongly recommend it to anyone seriously considering a career in industry."
PhD candidate at Institute of Biology Valrose, France
"I strongly advise the BioBusiness Summer School to any PhD that is considering moving their career to industry. The content is very rich and the quality of the speakers is incredible. This is the course you need to open up your horizons on all possibilities that are available for someone with your profile – yes, there is more a STEM PhD can do other than working in research/wet lab, a PhD is a degree in Learning and the leap to the Business side is possible. The discussions with biotech R&D scientists, CEO/CFO/CSO's, entrepreneurs and other students attending the course makes it an invaluable experience! The atmosphere of the course encourages you to ask questions during seminars and to network with like-minded scientists – who knows, maybe you’ll find a company you would like to work for, a mentor or even a partner with whom to start your own company, and for sure you will learn a lot!"
COO & Co-Founder, Peptone
"The 2015 BBSS positively influenced my career path in so many ways. Not only did I learn about different business models from an impressive lineup of CEO's, I made long-lasting connections. The experience invigorated my prior business experience to think about how I could transform protein biotech. The BBSS assessed my entrepreneurial aptitude and gave me confidence in pursuing the startup route. As a result, I cofound Peptone-The Protein Intelligence Co. (https://peptone.io) with a prior colleague. A big thanks to the organizers for putting on a high-quality learning experience. Also, thanks to the participants for making this an amazing experience! To potential participants: you've got everything to gain and nothing to lose by joining."
Programme Coordinator, Top Sector Life Sciences & Health
"I attended the BioBusiness Summerschool in June 2016. I had just graduated from a biomedical master's and was full ambition to work in a more pharma/biotech-related environment, but lacked the business-related education. Luckily, the summer school turned out to be the perfect way to develop biotech business knowledge in a limited time. This course gives an excellent overview of the basics of life sciences entrepreneurship as well as a good insight into successful Dutch biotech companies. It was motivating to be taught by experts from the field and inspiring to listen to biotech CEOs/CSOs/CFOs who shared their business experiences with you. Besides content, the program contained plenty time to network with people from the field and the other students. This week was one of the most informative ones I have experienced and I would recommend the course to all (PhD) students with ambitions in the life sciences industry direction."
Founder & Managing director, JLJ consultancy
"The BioBusiness Summer School in Amsterdam was a fantastic course—one that I encourage all scientists to attend. I signed up for the course as a way to learn what my PhD education didn’t teach me: business models, finance, concepts in intellectual property, and effective strategies for job searching. Of course I learned all of this (and more) but the real highlight here was the networking opportunity. Sure, it is great to network with C-level executives at international pharma and biotech companies, but the attendees, who are equally dedicated to landing careers outside of academia, were eager to connect with each other as well. The relaxed environment in the course encourages friendly one-on-one dialogue. Leveraging the material I learned from this one-week course, I met international clients in the pharmaceutical industry, transitioned from academia to the industry position of my choice, and opened my own medical consulting company. . . less than 6 months later. If you want to leave academia for industry, this course is a must."
Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Hippogriff
“The BioBusiness Summer School is a shortcut from theories that are described in the books to the real world lessons and experience sharing from professionals who are active in life science related fields. Networking and meeting smart and interesting people was one of the most valuable outcomes of this program for me. I was able to expand my network during the summer school, which also gave me the possibility to meet, discuss and interview some healthcare professionals about my latest invention. Moreover, the lectures and discussions offered great insights into the business environment which will be valuable in my future career. I recommend this program to scientists and researchers who are interested in entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and understanding the commercialization process in the field of life sciences.”
Founder & CEO, Axonova
"The Biobusiness summer school 2016 was a great experience that I would recommend to every young scientist willing to learn more about biotech & pharma business. From a content perspective, the course covers a broad range of useful business topics and the format of the sessions makes it very easy to interact or network with invited speakers. The quality of the lectures and speakers was excellent. Personally, I found it very enriching and inspiring to hear about success stories from top biotech entrepreneurs."
Senior Scientist, Janssen Prevention Center
"With regard to my experience with the Biobusiness Summerschool, I found the course at an opportune moment in my career development as I made a step into large pharma coming from small biotech, where the feeling is often that you're "winging it". Having a good overview of important business practices laid a useful foundation for the practical knowledge required in activities required of higher level scientists in large pharma. I felt much better prepared when I started my new position. Secondly it was specifically nice to get the history of Crucell which still influences company culture today, even as they merged into Janssen (of Johnson and Johnson), as this was my new employer. Last, but not least, I made some good connections, that were great to find others with shared experiences and I expect will be of benefit in the future."
PhD candidate, LUMC
"I joined the biobusiness summerschool because I started to think about developing an idea of mine into a business in the field of medical research. I was immediately impressed by the very high quality speakers on the programme. They are really the best experts, besides also being great and charismatic speakers. Since the lectures were held in a relatively small group, there was a lot of interaction and opportunity to ask questions and get advice. I learned about many important aspects of the biobusiness along with the common pitfalls. The summerschool had a very professional vibe and attracted a very motivated and inspiring group of participants. I was fortunate to include these wonderful people to my network. This course really inspired me to put my ideas into action. After the course I joined a few entrepreneurs societies and attended several netwerk events, of which for instance those organized by the BioScience park Leiden, which we also visited during the course. I am now making dedicated plans to start and explore my market with hopefully some help from some of the speakers from the course. I hope to be able to share my own business story in a couple of years."
Jumpstart your career
Join BioBusiness Summer School to jumpstart your career in Life Sciences by gaining knowledge of business aspects such as product development, IPR, finance and business models. The next edition of the summer school will be announced soon!
The BioBusiness Summer School is a programme tailored to bridge the gap. By immersing yourself in the business aspects of Life Sciences during this programme, you will learn the basic knowledge of BioBusiness, gain insight in the world of Life Sciences companies, meet leading business leaders and increase your international network.