"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!"
Programme assistant 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."
Senior Scientist at 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 at Leiden University Medical Center
"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."
Postdoc, The Netherlands
"I enjoyed the BioBusiness summer school immensely. I learnt that research in industry is all about taking basic knowledge and developing it towards a useful application. The lectures were informative, and the speakers very accessible, so the opportunity for networking was rife. It was refreshing to talk to other people who were in the same situation as me. I feel much less clueless about the terminology and am more confident in considering a career in the industry. I would absolutely recommend the course for PhD students and postdocs that are seriously wondering if the grass on the other side really is greener, but are too afraid to step out of their comfort zone."
AMC Department Amsterdam - AMT Biopharma/ AMC Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
"My project concerns RNA interference against multidrug resistance. Working for AMT Biopharma I found the BioBusiness Summerschool really interesting, very interactive, everybody working or planning to work for a biotech company should go for it."
Anna Guerasimova PhD
"Except I had great time.. I 've found a job, thanks to this event!!"
Alejandro Montón Silva
"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."
"I had high expectations for the BioBusiness Summer School, but they have really been fulfilled. I've learned so much in the small amount of time. The lectures uncovered the biotech and pharmaceutical industries 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 feel inspired and motivated by the course. It was absolutely worth it and I can highly recommend it."
Founder and Managing director of 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."
COO and Co-Founder at 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."
Max Mohammadhassan Mohammadi
Student/researcher at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
“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.”
PhD student, Sweden
“The course gave me a good overview of the similarities and dissimilarities between an academic career and industrial career options. The same impression holds true when comparing the variety of sectors within the life science business such as Biotech, Pharma, Medtech etc. To conclude the course was an eye-opener when it comes to illustrating the wide range of possibilities that highly talented scientists have and that we have the capability to choose our own fortune, and that is an encouraging thought.”
Business Developer at Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus
"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."
Matthijn de Boer
Postdoc at Utrecht University, the Netherlands
“I personally enjoyed attending the Biobusiness course. In this week you expand your network and get familiar with the field of applied biotechnology. A wide spectrum of speakers is invited representing VCs, start-ups and established pharmaceutical companies. I learned much from the business cases that were presented. Importantly the invited speakers talked about their personal careers and the do’s and don’ts. I enjoyed the interactive sessions and met many talented and driven PhDs and Postdocs with a similar view; a career in the biotech-industry.”
PhD student, Sweden
“The BioBusiness Summerschool 2012 was a full success for me. The great portfolio of speakers offered insight into various aspects of BioBusiness starting from the idea to full blown company. Personally, I changed my paradigm about BioBusiness into appreciating a powerful and driven industry that does not forget about the patient despite trying to earn profit. I enjoyed the many speakers and was fascinated by their career paths and personalities. I received a boost of motivation to further develop myself and see the vast sea of opportunities and perspectives out there. Definitely worth the time and money I spent.”
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. We are looking back on a successful edition of 2017.
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.