BioPharma Mini-MBATM

The Business of BioPharma Mini-MBATM

For Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Professionals

Bentley University’s Mini-MBA for BioPharma professionals was designed to provide the skills, information and tools needed to successfully apply fundamental business principles and drive value creation in this complex environment. This program 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.

“The Mini MBATM is a great program for someone that has been recently promoted into a managerial position, or is new to a business organization, and does not have a background in business. Students are exposed to all aspects of business including management, operations, marketing, business process, finance and strategy. An excellent way to learn about how a business functions in an intensive format.”
- Dr. Alan Hoffman, Program Director


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:

Value Construct & Business Models

  • Building business models that create value
  • Design Thinking – Why fundamental principles still apply
  • Strategic Leadership

Day 3

Finance for Non-Financial Managers in BioPharma

  • Unique accounting/finance challenges in a cash-strapped industry
  • Fundraising
  • Valuation in a non-revenue producing environment

Day 4

Leading Teams through Change

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

Day 5


  • Product design for the commercial market
  • Making regulations & policy work for your orphan drugs
  • Patent Law & Intellectual Property Protection

Financing the Business and Mergers in Biotech

  • Panel of BioPharma Finance Executives

Day 6

Innovation and Future Vision

  • Synthetic Biology
  • Gene Editing
  • Virtual Clinical Trials
  • Regulatory Science

Putting it all together

  • Panel of BioPharma Executives


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.

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.

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.

Days, Time & Registration

6-Day Program, 3 2-Day sessions every other week     
Session Times : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Fall Session Dates: October 4-5, October 18-19, November 1-2
Cost:  $4,950

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

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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