From Idea to Service Business
KTH: ME2819, SSE: 8073, KI: 2QA213, KFK: SSES16, SU: FE6614
Autumn 2013: 29 Oct - 12 Dec
The course runs after 5 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 2-3 hour sessions
Worth: 7.5 ECTS-credits
Swedish course name
Från idé till tjänsteföretagande
NB: A certain quota in this course is reserved also for PhD-students.
There’s no doubt that Stockholm and the surrounding region is a global hub when it comes to Life Sciences. However, there is a clear gap when it comes to individuals that can combine knowledge from the healthcare sector and business and entrepreneurship.
For those willing to put the necessary effort in to fill this gap, the opportunities are virtually endless, both from a commercial aspect and for mankind’s health. The From Science to Service course gives you the foundation you need within this field to change your life and hopefully the lives of others.
The focus in the Swedish innovation development has in recent years shifted from products and companies in technology/industry to a growing service-based sector. One problem within the life sciences is the lack of individuals with the ability to combine knowledge from health care sector with business and entrepreneurship. By increased awareness of service development in this sector, and knowledge regarding the process of innovation and entrepreneurship, a solid foundation can be built that enables commercialization of ideas. With insights, skills and the right tools, ideas are protected, which can lead to valuable changes in the life sciences and ultimately improve human health.
During the course, students meet experts with different backgrounds. Various entrepreneurs will present their specific experiences of starting and managing service companies in the life sciences and guest speakers provide a broad overview of academic discoveries, start-ups, venture capital and business development in health care sector.
Intended learning outcomes
The aim of this course is for the students to develop an understanding of and receive theoretical and practical knowledge of development and commercialization of services in the life sciences.
After the course the student should be able to:
- Analyze, clearly communicate and discuss entrepreneurship in the life sciences
- Understand and demonstrate knowledge of the service business and its unique characteristics
- Communicate an understanding of the development and management of service businesses
- Argue the pros and cons of public and private funding for start-ups
- Providing knowledge within strategy for service based companies
- Applying knowledge and key tools for entrepreneurship in the early phase, such as market analysis and analysis of intellectual property rights (eg patents)
- Use their new knowledge to individually get a deeper understanding in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.
In order for you as a student to be able to take SSES courses they are all scheduled after your daily classes (or workday), with some margin time to ensure you can commute to campus, pick up a coffee and arrive on time.
This course runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays in two to three hour sessions for some seven weeks, but for a detailed timing check out the schedule in the box to the right. Teaching will incorporate lectures, debates, and exercises, as well as presentation from leaders in the field.
Projects including a written report, oral presentation and individual reflection as well as an individual case report and seminar. Active participation in the mandatory parts.
Students will be assessed based on the following scales:
- Lecture attendance, active participation and presentations.
- Completion of a group-wise case study and assignments
- Short exam
- Oral presentation
Attendance is compulsory; attendance at seminars, workshops and presentations is mandatory.
Hanna Jansson has a PhD degree in Medical Genetics from Uppsala University. As a researcher Hanna focused on sensitive forensic DNA analysis and worked in close collaboration with a biotech company in Uppsala, including product development and patent applications. In 2005 Hanna wrote the identification part of the Swedish Tsunami report, and a couple of funding applications by order of the medical faculty in Uppsala. At UBE Hanna works as the coordinator with operative responsibility of the unit activities, including management, development, funding and cooperation.
Lena is a project manager at UBE, and the director of studies for the masterprogramme in Bioentrepreneurship. Lena also tutors students in their master thesis projects as well as lectures at the MBE programme and in the course From science to Business - concepts in Biotechnology and other courses that is given by UBE. Lena is also a certified professional coach. Lena Hanson has a Masters degree in Business administration and Economics. She has worked at Karolinska Institutet since 2002. Between 2002 and 2005 she was head of marketing within the Stockholm BioScience project which was a joint venture between KI, KTH and Stockholm University.
Therese Högfeldt is a PhD candidate working with chronic inflammation and viral infections in patients with lymphoma. As a PhD student she has taken several courses at UBE and has a great interest for innovative thinking and bioentrepreneurship. She has been the assistant course director at the course “from Science to Service” 2012 and has also assisted in other courses at the UBE. She is also working with student and entrepreneurial networks at KI.