BioBusiness Summer School is a five-day course for academics who are contemplating a career switch to industry and young professionals in their first industry jobs. This course takes place in Amsterdam and will help you jumpstart your career in the Life Sciences industry.
During the five day programme you will learn basic knowledge of main business topics, such as product development, intellectual property rights, business models and finance. You will also gain insight in the world of Life Sciences companies, hear from leading business people and exchange with like-minded international participants.
Networking is a key component of the BioBusiness Summer School, allowing you to meet with leaders and experts from the industry as well as build a strong network of talented peers. The sense of belonging to a group of high-performers goes beyond the classroom and many participants have bonded with peers for years to come.

Would you rather participate in an online format?
Following the successful move to a digital platform of the BioBusiness Summer School in 2020 (due to the coronavirus), we have decided to make the online format a project on its own, running alongside the traditional in-person Summer School, and thereby allowing students from across the globe to attend the programme.
More information here.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, participants will:
- Have a clear overview of the opportunities and challenges within the life sciences industry
- Be able to describe the process of product development and the challenges that might be faced
- Have gained insight into the purpose, use, legal and regulatory aspects of intellectual property rights and how to obtain them.
- Be able to discuss various types of business models in life sciences industry and link organisations to these business models.
- Have gained insight into the concept of financial statements, costs and revenue allocations, budgeting and forecasting.
- Have expanded their business network in life sciences.
- Have gained insight into what career opportunities there are in industry

Subjects tailored to the Life Sciences industry

- Academia to Industry
- Business Models
- Entrepreneurship
- Finance
- Harvard-style Business Case
- Patents & Licenses
- Personal Development
- Product Development


Participants of the BioBusiness Summer School will receive a certificate of attendance.

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 take place from 28 June to 2 July 2021!

Why participate

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.

Employers meet talent

Is your organisation interested in early-career talents in Life Sciences? BioBusiness Summer School can get you in touch with business oriented PhDs, postdocs or Master students. More info can be found here.