The intersection of biotech and businessBiotech grad students and MBAs team up

Biotechnology Industry Immersion

Biotechnology has been a disruptive technology in the life sciences industry, especially in biomedical therapeutics and diagnostics. Continued success in the biotechnology industry requires the application of extraordinary leadership and management skills in addition to the scientific innovations.

video: Learning how biotech execs Lead & Manage

Biotechnology Industry Immersion

Fast Facts

  • Curriculum designed by both UC Davis faculty and industry executives to reflect the latest challenges in the industry
  • Gain hands-on experience each week, teaming with MBA and biotech sciences students in problem-solving sessions
  • Five weeks of interactive classes on Fridays in Winter Quarter taught by senior executives from a select group of companies
  • Group assignments in every class, examining potential solutions to management challenges
Lonnie Bookbinder, CEO and founder of ARIZ Precision MedicineGlenn Nedwin, CEO and President of Second GenomeCraig Shimasaki, President and CEO of Moleculera Labs

360-Degree biotech

This course introduces students to the many facets of the biotechnology industry and provides a framework for understanding the complex forces that shape and drive it.

You’ll learn from top industry executives about:

  • Growth and new developments
  • Drug innovations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Drug regulations
  • Marketing and commercialization

“Most MBA programs leverage cases to help bring texture to business concepts, but the Immersion program brings cases to life and lets you experience them.” – David Bodimer MBA 19

Week 1

  Welcome and Orientation  
  An Introduction to Drug Development Lonnie Bookbinder, Founder and CEO, ARIZ Precision Medicine
  Case Study: Issues in growing a small company

Week 2

  Supply Chain Issues Charles Calderaro III, Senior VP, Global Manufacturing, Biomarin Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  Issues Encountered when Expanding Partnerships or Markets (exact topic TBA) Steve Chamow, Principal, Chamow and Associates (Biopharmaceutical Product Development)

Week 3

  Product Development using Data Informatics Kimberly Barnholt, Global Program Manager, Enhance Data & Insights Sharing, Genentech, Inc.
  Tips for Entrepreneurs  

Week 4

  Marketing and Commercialization of Drugs and Products Omead Ostadan, VP of Products and Operations, Illumina, Inc.
  What does it take to grow a small company? Julie Cherrington, President and CEO, Arch Oncology, Inc.

Week 5

   Innovations in the Future – Precision Medicine using Big Data analytics

Jeff Welser, VP and Lab Director

Kristen Beck, Staff Scientist, IBM Research-Almaden

  Innovations in the Future – Stem Cells and Targeted Therapies Christopher Murriel, Associate Director, Department of Cancer Biology, OncoMed Pharmaceuticals

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for students to get some knowledge and classroom learning about the intersection between business, academia and biotechnology,” – Christopher Murriel, OncoMed Pharmaceuticals

Live Case Studies Presented by Executives

  • Scaling up a local precision medicine startup
  • Designing a drug development plan for FDA approval
  • Increasing investor interest and growing revenue
  • Forming strategic alliances between biotech companies
  • Getting ahead of bad press in interviews with reporters
  • Building consumer confidence for an antibiotics product