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What does it take to develop something innovative and then move it from the laboratory out into the real world? Scientists must negotiate a labyrinth of hurdles, ranging from conducting bullet-proof data analysis, designing clinical trials, developing and managing intellectual property, assessing contracts, and setting up Total Quality Management systems in a biotech setting. Students will learn how to navigate these hurdles as applied to a range of possible inventions, such as therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, GMOs and other bio-science-related creations.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of the subject, students will have:
- an understanding of the approaches and techniques relevant to the discovery and subsequent development of biotechnologies;
- an appreciation of the need for input from a range of disciplines from basic science to intellectual property management;
- an insight into the roles of various regulatory bodies around the world and the complexity of idea scale up to product development, whether it be a drug, medical device or food .
At the completion of this subject, students should gain skills in:
- applying advanced analysis, scientific communication and critical analytical skills in an industry based practice;
- demonstrating the breadth of knowledge gained in an inter-disciplinary approach;
- analysing projects holistically and to identify and integrate multiple disciplines in order to solve problems;
- developing the ability to exercise critical judgement, be capable of rigorous and independent;
- thinking, be able to account for their decisions;
- be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge pertaining to biotechnology;
- high level written report presentation skills;
- oral communication and presentation skills;
- time management and self-management skills.
Last updated: 2 December 2019