Biotech U Videos

These videos have been segmented into short 5-15 minute slices. This format enables gradual introduction of concepts, and also makes for easy indexing should you want to replay a specific topic.
Some of the content is very information-dense, so I encourage you to take in the content slowly.
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Course Overview

Welcome and Overview

Course Overview (2:23)

Suggested Resources (0:59)



Introduction (5:50)

The Development of Biotechnology

The Development of Biotechnology (5:14)

Knowledge and Skills (4:24)

Application (3:21)

Industry Trends (3:03)

Company Examples: Genentech and Amgen (3:14)


The Science of Biotechnology

The Science of Biotechnology (3:18)

Introduction to Molecular Biology

Information Flow in Molecular Biology (4:15)

DNA, Genes, and Protein (13:42)

The Big Picture (1:45)

Drug Development

Biotechnology vs. Pharmaceutical Drug Development (4:18)

The Five Basic Steps of Drug Development (15:34)

Qualities of a Good Drug (1:55)

Tools and Techniques

Tools and Techniques Overview (1:23)

Bioinformatics (5:52)

Genomics and Proteomics (7:47)

Biologic Delivery and Nanotechnology (5:10)


Applications Overview (3:31)

Green Biotechnology: Agriculture (6:57)

White Biotechnology: Industrial Processes and Bio-based Products (16:20)

Red Biotechnology: Medical Applications (18:26)

Patents, Regulation, and Policy

Patents, Regulation, and Policy

Patents, Regulation, and Policy (1:35)

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Overview (3:31)

Patents (14:43)

Patent Challenge and Exemptions (12:07)

Trade Secrets (4:28)

Trademark (3:13)

The Role of Intellectual Property in Biotechnology (2:01)


Regulation Overview (3:23)

Food and Drug Administration Clinical Trials (19:41)

FDA Incentives and Other Regulations (19:53)

Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency (6:34)


Policy Overview (4:06)

Promoting Biotechnology (6:42)

Balancing Innovation Incentives with Economic Contraints (5:16)

The Business of Biotechnology

The Business of Biotechnology

The Business of Biotechnology (2:59)

Biotechnology Company Fundamentals

Biotechnology Company Fundamentals Overview (0:48)

Company Formation (7:52)

Business Model (7:46)

Team (10:01)

Company Characteristics (9:30)


Finance Overview (3:15)

Development Stages and Funding (13:19)

Public Markets (9:04)

Other Funding Sources (10:02)

Valuation (7:31)


Marketing Overview (1:17)

Marketing as a Guide for R&D (14:18)

Market Structure and Marketing Environment (16:09)

Reimbursement (8:10)

Managing Biotechnology

Managing Biotechnology Overview (2:38)

Starting Up (7:19)

Managing R&D (4:01)

Dealing with Failure (6:14)


Final Words

Final Words (5:01)

Onsite Bootcamps

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Online Biotechnology Business Primer Course This course is based on Building Biotechnology, the leading text on the business of biotechnology. Building Biotechnolgy has been adopted by more than 50 schools, including Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins, the Karolinska Institute, Berkeley, UCSF, and the National Institutes of Health.

Building Biotechnology helps readers understand the business of biotechnology, how to start and manage biotechnology companies, and how to better service the needs of biotechnology companies. This acclaimed book describes the convergence of scientific, political, regulatory, and commercial factors that drive the biotechnology industry and define its scope.

The videos in this course are based on the author's teaching experiences, and follow the chapters in the book. In developing this online course it was desired to do more than simply read through the chapters—the online course adds substantial color to the content of the book.

While the text is not necessary for the course, it can be useful to follow along with the videos, or as a handy reference once you are done with the video lectures.

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Journal of Commercial Biotechnology

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