Course Title: Biotechnology and Business

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biotechnology and Business

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010


Bundoora Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Christopher Pillidge

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6001

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.01.006B

Course Coordinator Availability: 9am 5pm (Bundoora)

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course has no enforced prerequisite courses.

It assumes a basic knowledge of the science and principles behind biotechnology and its techniques and applications.

Course Description

This course will introduce students to key aspects of the biotechnology business, including ethics, safety, regulations and IP management and patenting. The course will also explore the pathway from scientific discovery (idea) to commercialisation through to start-up companies and financing.

The course will explore these issues via illustration using examples from across the food, agricultural, pharmaceutical and environmental biotechnology sectors.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will gain an understanding of the challenges in biotech going from laboratory research to market.

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

CLO-1 Discuss, critically analyse and explain how product safety, regulatory and ethical considerations influence and act upon the development of biotechnological products and processes

CLO-2 Describe and explain the biotechnology commercialisation process, understanding the hurdles from product or process discovery, through to protection of intellectual property rights, and ultimately to commercialisation

CLO-3 Explain to a professional audience using poster and/or oral communication how to design and implement a commercialisation pathway for a biotechnological product

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be delivered via a blended-learning approach involving a combination of face-to-face learning via lectures and tutorials, and via directed-learning activities via CANVAS.

Total study hours

120 hours comprising:

Teacher-guided hours (38 hours): 12 two-hour lectures on the specific topics as listed in a syllabus available in the course Canvas site online, in addition to FIVE 2h tutorial classes (alternating weeks)

Student-directed hours (82 hours): You are expected to be self-directed, studying independently outside class for up to 7 h per week.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will be provided via CANVAS (e.g. Lecture notes) and links to external resources, including published literature and relevant external websites.

Overview of Assessment

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements

Assessment tasks:

Biotechnology Regulatory, Safety and Ethics Assignment (40%) CLO 1

Biotechnology Commercialisation-Pathway Assignment (40%) CLO 2

Group Presentation (20%) CLOs 1, 2 & 3