Biotechnology Business, Law, and Science
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Biotechnology Business, Law, and Science

Deep knowledge on the biotechnology industry: business, law, regulations, policy, and science
3.8 (14 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
308 students enrolled
Created by Yali Friedman
Last updated 1/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the commercial factors driving and constraining biotechnology development
  • Learn how biotechnology is regulated, and how regulations can both limit and drive innovation
  • Learn about patents and other forms of intellectual property protection in biotechnology, and why they are crucial for innovation
  • Learn about domestic and international biotechnology policy decisions and how to balance innovation incentives with economic realities
  • Learn about the science behind biotechnology, and it applications
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  • This course presumes no former training in business, science, or law.

Learn the business of biotechnology, how to start and manage biotechnology companies, and how to better service the needs of biotechnology companies.

Going beyond simple 'science for non-scientists' or 'mini MBA' offerings, this course describes the convergence of scientific, political, regulatory, and commercial factors that drive the biotechnology industry and define its scope.

This course is based on the leading business-of-biotechnology text, "Building Biotechnology," which has been adopted by more than 50 schools, and is taught by Yali Friedman, Ph.D., chief editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and a former instructor of biotechnology management at the National Institutes of Health.

Who is the target audience?
  • New hires to biotechnology and related companies
  • New biotechnology founders
  • Scientists and other entrepreneurs seeking to better understand the business of biotechnology
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Curriculum For This Course
57 Lectures
Welcome and overview
2 Lectures 03:21
1 Lecture 05:49
The Development of Biotechnology
5 Lectures 19:13

Knowledge and Skills Enabling Biotechnology


Biotechnology Industry Trends

Case Study: Company Examples
1 Lecture 03:18
The Science of Biotechnology
Introduction to Molecular Biology
3 Lectures 19:42

The Roles of DNA, Genes, and Protein

The Big Picture
Drug Development
3 Lectures 21:46
Biotechnology vs. Pharmaceutical Methods

5 Basic Steps of Drug Development

Desirable Qualities of a Good Drug
Biotechnology Tools and Techniques
4 Lectures 20:11


Genomics and Proteomics

Biologic Drug Delivery and Nanotechnology
Biotechnology Applications
4 Lectures 45:12

Green Biotechnology: Agriculture

White Biotechnology: Industrial Processes and Bio-based Products

Red Biotechnology: Medical Applications
Laws, Regulations, and Policy
2 Lectures 05:06
Patents, Regulation, and Policy

Intellectual Property - Overview
Intellectual Property
5 Lectures 36:29

Patent Challenge and Exemptions

Trade Secrets


The Role of Intellectual Property in Biotechnology
8 More Sections
About the Instructor
Yali Friedman
3.8 Average rating
14 Reviews
308 Students
1 Course
Publisher and Editor, Journal of Commercial Biotechnology

Yali Friedman, Ph.D. is chief editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, and publisher of His first book, Building Biotechnology, is used as a course text in dozens of biotechnology programs. His other books include Best Practices in Biotechnology Education and Best Practices in Biotechnology Business Development. He also serves on the science advisory board of Chakra Biotech, and is a judge for the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Award.

Yali has strong exposure to leading issues in international biotechnology. He is lead editorial consultant for Scientific American's worldVIEW, a global biotechnology perspective profiling biotechnology industries and innovation capacity in dozens of countries since 2009, and has been invited to participate in biotechnology industry development forums for international groups such as APEC and for individual countries such as Japan, Canada, Germany, the Philippines, Turkey, and Taiwan.

Yali taught biotechnology management at the National Institutes of Health for many years and regularly guest-lectures for other biotechnology education programs. He writes and speaks on diverse topics such as biotechnology entrepreneurship, strategies to cope with a lack of management talent and capital when developing companies outside of established hubs, and new paradigms in technology-based economic development.

Yali has a long history in biotechnology media. He created the first blog on the business of biotechnology for a NY Times company, which was named to Forbes "Best of the Web". His other projects include the Student Guide to DNA Based Computers, sponsored by FUJI Television,, and, a pharmaceutical industry competitive intelligence service based on a business plan that was awarded second place in the Panasci Entrepreneurial Awards Competition.