BioPharma Mini-MBATM

The Business of BioPharma Mini-MBATM

For Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Professionals

Bentley University’s Mini-MBA for BioPharma professionals combines Bentley’s leading-edge business curriculum with the research-based expertise of Bentley’s Center for Integration of Science & Industry , to deliver a truly unique and tailored educational experience for BioPharma professionals.

Program Highlights:
Through highly interactive learning sessions with a diverse group of peers from around the industry, participants will:

  • Understand the business landscape of the Biotechnology/ Pharmaceutical industries and how application of fundamental business principles work within these constructs.
  • Learn strategy formulation and execution, with particular emphasis on science and technology as a core element in strategy
  • Improve abilities to lead and manage a multi-disciplinary workforce, with a special focus on leading through change
  • Gain financial acumen to further understand the industry’s unique financial challenges
  • Comprehend the challenges of commercialization and recognize how regulation and policy can work for your business.
  • Gain a network of industry peers

The program has been designed to accommodate the schedule of extremely busy managers and executives.

Six Days – Three 2-day Sessions – One session every two weeks

Who Attends

Who Should Attend the Mini – MBA™ for BioPharma Professionals?

The Mini MBA™ for BioPharma professionals has been designed to provide industry specialists with the broader-based perspective necessary to transition into company leadership. This program will especially benefit:

  • Technical professionals and Scientists moving into management positions who need exposure to business concepts, and leadership disciplines.
  • High- potential business managers facing greater management responsibility which calls for enhanced business knowledge.
  • Professionals new to the biotechnology /pharmaceutical industries who need a solid grounding in the unique aspects of the business.

““This program is a great way to broaden knowledge and view of the industry. It gives people the tools to advance to Senior Management.”

Bill Steinkrauss
Corporate Controller & Sr. Director, Finance
Curis, Inc.


Topics of the Mini – MBA™ for BioPharma Professionals program

Day 1:

The Business of BioPharma

  • An overview of the industry and its unique constructs
  • Strategy: Understanding the Competitive Landscape

Day 2:

  • Strategy: Challenging Your Future Assumptions
  • Path To Commercialization
  • Making Regulation & Policy work for your buesinss

Day 3

Finance for Non-Financial Managers in BioPharma

  • The Language of Accounting
  • Reading & Analyzing Financial Statements
  • Cost Center Budgeting Techniques
  • How do Companies Evaluate Investments
  • What is Value Creation

Day 4

Leading Teams through Change

  • Leadership simulation
  • Leading broadly interdisciplinary teams
  • Managing external alliances


Day 5

Strategic Leadership

  • Blue-prints of a great leader in biopharma
  • Challenges to thinking strategically & strategies to mitigate
  • Manageing Stakeholders
  • Ethics & Their Impact


Day 6

The role of Strategic alliances in BioPharma

Putting it all together

  • Action planning - taking your new skills and applying them


Bentley Mini – MBA™ for BioPharma Professionals Faculty

Intended to provide a solid overview of graduate level business subjects, the Mini-MBATM  is led by top graduate faculty instructors who also have industry experience.

Fred Ledley

Professor Fred Ledley  is a physician by training, and his professional career has taken him from basic research in molecular biology, to founding and executive roles in several biotechnology companies, and now to Bentley. Along the way, he has published more than 150 papers in the academic literature and received ten US patents. His research builds on this experience in asking whether recent scientific discoveries are being effectively translated into public value, and how this process might be accelerated.

Jill Brown

Jill Brown PhD Strategic Management University of Georgia) is an associate professor of Management at Bentley University. Prior to her position in academe, she worked as a Commercial lender for several financial institutions, including BNY Mellon and First Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia, PA. She is also an executive with a family-owned manufacturing business. Professor Brown’s research, teaching and consulting interests include ethics, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance and strategic leadership facilitation.

Steven Wasserman

Steven Wasserman  (MBA Babson College) is a lecturer in the Finance Department at Bentley University with over 30 years of experience managing corporate finance, accounting, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, legal, and human resources. He has worked in both public and private corporations and has significant Wall Street experience raising equity capital, raising debt capital, transacting mergers and acquisitions, and managing relationships with investors, investment bankers, rating agencies, and commercial banks. Steve has previously served as CFO for technology-focused companies including InfoBionic, Inc; AppNeta, Inc.; Memento, Inc.; Constant Contact, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTCT); Med-i-Bank Inc.; and ON Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:ONTC).

Jim PouliopoulosJim Pouliopoulos is a full time Lecturer at Bentley University, teaching a wide variety of courses covering topics including strategic marketing, business planning, market research, new product development, high-tech product marketing and more. Outside of the classroom, Jim has served as aa consultant and a business coach with over 25 years of experience in a variety of industries including high-tech, medical, government and professional services. Jim has contributed to the success of large companies including General Electric and IBM as well as a number of successful small businesses as a marketing consultant, product manager, director of marketing and sales, spokesperson, public speaker, trainer, facilitator, market researcher and engineer.

Days, Time & Registration

6-Day Program, 3 2-Day sessions every other week     
Session Times : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Spring Session Dates: March 7-8, March 21-22, April 4-5
Cost:  $4,950

Register 30 days prior to session start date to receive an early registration discount of 10%

Offer this Program at Your Location

Mini – MBA™ for BioPharma Professionals can be delivered at your company location for a group in a timeframe that fits your schedule – either consolidated in a five day format or distributed over several weeks if desired with projects incorporated between sessions. Content, cases and activities can be tailored to reflect your business environment and industry.

Contact Debra Kennedy, Director of Education at 781-891-2473 or to discuss the possibilities.

Bentley University is uniquely positioned to deliver a specialized management program to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical professionals, as we draw from the expertise of both our leading graduate business school faculty and the faculty/partners of our renowned Center for Integration for Science & Industry. Participants in this program will benefit from an interactive learning experience that marries deep industry expertise with the proven business practices of a Top-Rated business institution.

Want more information or need help deciding if this is for you? Call us at 781.891.2473 or download brochure below.

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