Educator Resources : Business Concepts
for Life Sciences

Course Business Concepts for Life Sciences
Course Link https://courses.ibiology.org/courses/course-v1:iBiology+BLCS+SP/about

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Course Level This training is designed for graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty who wish to gain a basic understanding of business fundamentals. The goal is to impact participants' career readiness by helping prepare scientists who want to start their own labs, and inform scientists who want to go into industry.
Educator Audience PIs and research mentors and administrators looking for resources to teach life science trainees fundamentals in business strategy, strategic collaborations, strategy tools, and finance.
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"Business Concepts for Life Sciences" Brief Overview

The purpose of the Business Concepts for Life Scientists course is to enhance PhD scientists’ understanding of foundational business concepts. This business coursework is unique because it is designed to prepare scientists for career transitions into both academic and non-academic settings. The course comprises a series of three modules - Business Strategy, Finance and Business Development.

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Institutions and Funding

This course is a collaboration between iBiology, University of California San Francisco Office of Career and Professional Development, and The Graduate School at Washington University in St. Louis. Funding was provided by NIH (GM008568) and Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Guidance for Trainees Award.

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Module 0: (Introduction)
Course Introduction
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Module 1: Introduction to Strategy
Lesson 1: Term Sheet
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Value Proposition
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Value Proposition Slides
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Podcast: Value Proposition
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Identify a Company's Strategy
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Podcast: Stakeholders
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Lesson 2: Term Sheet
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Organizational Capabilities
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Organizational Capabilities Slides
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Parallels to Academia
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Parallels to Academia Slides
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Podcast: Strategy in Academia (Mark Ansel)
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Podcast: Strategy in Academia (Bob Farese)
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Assessment questions for Module 1
Module 2: Business Development
Lesson 4: Term Sheet
.pdf
Identifying the Gap
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Identifying the Gap Slides
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Lesson 5: Term Sheet
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Filling the Gap & Executing the Deal
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Filling the Gap & Executing the Deal Slides
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Parallels to Academia (lesson 6)
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Parallels to Academia (lesson 6) Slides
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Podcast: Collaborating to Fill Gaps
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Assessment questions for Module 2
Module 3: Strategic Collaborations
Lesson 7: Term Sheet
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Academic-Biopharma Strategic Collaborations
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Academic-Biopharma Strategic Collaborationsl Slides
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Podcast: Academic & Biopharma Collaborations
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Podcast: UCSF Innovation, Technology & Alliances
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Lesson 8: Term Sheet
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On Being Collaborative and Influential
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On Being Collaborative and Influential Slides
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Podcast: On Being Collaborative and Influential
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Assessment questions for Module 3
Module 4: Strategy Toolkits
Lesson 9: Term Sheet
.pdf
Environmental Assessment Toolkit
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Environmental Assessment Toolkit Slides
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Podcast: Enviro Assessment
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Lesson 10: Term Sheet
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Toolkit for Developing Strategy
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Toolkit for Developing Strategy Slides
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Podcast: Developing Strategy (Asha Collins)
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Podcast: Developing Strategy (Neal Alto)
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Assessment questions for Module 4
Module 5: Finance
Lesson 11: Term Sheet
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Financial Statements & Forecasting
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Financial Statements & Forecasting Slides
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Lesson 12: Term Sheet
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Basic Financial Principles
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Basic Financial Principles Slides
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Parallels to Academia (lesson 13)
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Parallels to Academia (lesson 13) Slides
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Podcast: Developing a Research Plan
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Assessment questions for Module 5