Student Reviews

The Business of Biotechnology: Fall 2019



"This course shifted my thinking to a much broader appreciation for the varying forces at play in biotech innovation and also led to lively discussions even outside the course when discussing the concepts with friends and colleagues."

- Audra Amasino

"As scientists it is very easy to just focus on our next paper, grant etc. but we also have a social responsibility to educate the public about what we do, why we do it and how it helps bring new drugs or treatments. This is particularly important now that the confidence level among people about the pharmaceutical/ biotech industry as a whole is at its lowest. But often times, we do not know enough about the pharmaceutical/biotech industry to start a meaningful, rationale discussion. This course prepared me to have that conversation. Also, the chance to listen to Peter, who is a rock star, was especially rewarding."

- Suparno Bhattacharya

"A mind-blowing educational experience. The course aligns business, finance, policy and social concepts that build the biotech ecosystem. Highly recommended, come see it yourself!"

- Yi-Li Min

"You might think you are kind of busy now or that maybe you’ll apply next time….That’s not a question! Apply NOW as you can’t afford not to! This is not another traditional lecture style course that you can take somewhere else. Through the combination of reading and writing assignments, in class sessions and active online sessions – I learned about the Biotech Social Contract, what drug prices analysis entails, and what the anatomy of a successful pitch is, among other advanced topics. I left with a renewed appreciation for the process of building a company that is both incredibly complicated but elegantly simple (the maps help with visualization) and I highly recommend this course to anyone that is interested."

- Ira Male

"This course teaches new lenses through which to view biotech advancements.Often in academia, I have found that people can get stuck on the impact factor of a journal showcasing a new technology-- they do not fully consider the practicality and market size of how this work could realistically impact the lives of people around the world. If you are considering a career in biotech, whether for a large company or as part of a start-up company, I highly recommend this course to learn where true value is found in a company or product. You will learn how companies are valued, how technologies are priced, and what goes into creating a stable business model. These tools are sure to make you a more successful founder, funder, or employee!"

- Nicole Black

"The course was beyond my expectations. I'm sure I will keep coming back to what I've learned from the course in the future with a lot of 'ah-ha' moments. Plus, thanks to this course, I was able to meet a group of brilliant and enthusiastic people who wholeheartedly care about the future of the biotech industry and will fight for it."

- Chensu Wang

"An amazing opportunity to build an understanding of every player in the biotech industry.I've previously taken other biotech/start-up flavored courses, all of which have focused mostly on helping academics with IP generation and pitch design. RA Capital's course is unique and dives deep into incentives that drive the behavior of various stakeholders, and sheds a light on the investor's perspective in biotech. I highly recommend this course to anyone to would like to properly and thoroughly grasp the biotech ecosystem."

- Amanda X. Chen

"If you are even a little curious about what it takes to create a drug and get it to market, this course is for you. The material was fascinating, the assignments were insightful, my fellow classmates were kind and interactive, and the instructor and TAs were actively engaged in discussions online and in class. My time spent was well worth it and I will reflect back on what I have learned for years to come."

- David Jackson

"This course has radically changed my perspective on the biotech business, and the role I can play in it. It has also prepared me to identify -and has inspired me to face- the existing and future challenges of this industry."

- Student, Fall 2019



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