MGT 290-003 Biotechnology Industry Immersion
Winter 2020

Course Description

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. Drawing upon the deep expertise of UC Davis as well as connections to industry experts, each session will take a deep dive into a challenging issue.

MBA and Ph.D. students will work in teams to analyze real problems in the biotech/pharma industry, then present possible solutions. The goal is to create knowledge, not just disseminate knowledge.

PhD students should contact Dr. Kjelstrom to receive permission to enroll.


Judith A. Kjelstrom, Director Emerita, UC Davis Biotechnology Program and Academic Coordinator, Graduate School of Management


Week 1:  Friday, January 10, 2020

  Welcome and Orientation  
  An Introduction to Drug Development Lonnie Bookbinder, Ph.D., MBA, Founder and CEO, ARIZ Precision Medicine
  Case Study: Issues in Starting a Biotech Company: Creating a Business Model 
Presented by Lonnie Bookbinder

Week 2:  Friday, January 17, 2020

  Case Study: Supply Chain Issues Charles Calderaro III, Senior VP, Global Manufacturing, BioMarin Pharmaceutical
  ​Case Study 3:  What does it take to Grow a Company and Bring a Product to Market? Seema Kantak, PhD, Executive Director, Biologics & Biotherapeutics, Exelixis

Week 3: Friday, January 24, 2020

  Case Study 4: Product Development using Data Informatics (exact title TBA) Kimberly Barnholt, Ph.D., Global Program Lead, Enhance Data & Insights Sharing, Genentech, Inc.
  Case Study 5:  Tips for Entrepreneurs: Lessons in a Capital Efficient Start-Up Craig Shimasaki, PhD, MBA, President and CEO, Moleculera Labs and BioSource Consulting

Week 4: Friday, January 31, 2020

  Case Study 6: Marketing and Commercialization of Drugs and Products Omead Ostadan, MBA, VP of Products and Operations, Illumina, Inc.
  Case Study 7: Case Study on  Developing a Biopharmaceutical Product (exact topic TBA) Steve Chamow, PhD, Principal, Chamow and Associates

Week 5: Friday, February 7, 2020

  Case Study 8:  Innovations in the Future – Big Data Analytics in the Life Sciences Kristen Beck, PhD, Staff Scientist, Research Staff Member, Industrial and Applied Genomics
  Case Study 9: Innovations in the Future – Immunotherapeutics: Cancer Therapy Modalities that Leverage the Immune System Vivien Chan, PhD, COO, Eureka Therapeutics, Inc.