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One Course, Two … Four Courses – A Bioentrepreneurship Concentration – Case Studies: Johns Hopkins University and the University of San Francisco

[ Vol. 4 , Issue. 2 ]


Moira Gunn* and Lynn Johnson Langer   Pages 115 - 120 ( 6 )


Bioentrepreneurship education programs are rarely launched as fully developed in standard business or science academic programs or curricula; historically, it has been more common for programs to start with a single relevant course elective within a non-entrepreneurship master's program, and then add a complement of courses over time, as the program expands. This eventually grows into a bioentrepreneurship concentration. This paper provides two case studies in bioentrepreneurship concentrations. These were developed at two different university settings, within highly differentiated master's programs and with dissimilar pedagogies. The motivation for this paper is to exemplify that there are many paths to creating successful graduate bioentrepreneurship education programs, and that it can start with the development of a single course. The two case studies reflect the Johns Hopkins University's Master of Science in Biotechnology with its two optional concentrations, one in Biotechnology Enterprise and the other in Regulatory Affairs, and the University of San Francisco's Master of Science in Information Systems and its optional concentration in Biotechnology. Comparative pedagogies, admissions criteria, degree requirements, courses, faculty and student profiles, etc. are included, along with historical perspective.


Bioentrepreneurship education, bioentrepreneurship concentrations, biotechnology enterprise, biotechnology, Johns Hopkins University, University of San Francisco.


Business of Biotechnology Program, School of Management, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94117, Johns Hopkins Center for Biotechnology Education, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

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