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The Florida International University College of Business

Commercializing Innovation in Life Sciences Certificate Program

Available dates

Feb 24—28, 2020
5 days
Miami, Florida, United States
USD 5000
USD 1000 per day


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About the course

As the life sciences industry continues to experience rapid change, globalization and growth, new opportunities and challenges have emerged for firms across the industry. The Commercialization of Innovation in Life Sciences Certificate Program at Florida International University provides participants with the knowledge and skills they need to help their organizations successfully commercialize and market new products and services in this ever-changing environment. This intensive 5-day program is designed for individuals working in a variety of functional areas across the life sciences industry, from pharmaceuticals and therapies to biotechnology to medical devices.

The program covers the following critical business issues:

  • Boosting Organic Growth
  • New Product Launches
  • New Market (Geographic) Expansion
  • Strategy Development
  • Business Ethics and Compliance

The program is taught by faculty members from FIU’s College of Business and School of Medicine, as well as current and former top-level life science executives who have successfully resolved key business issues the life sciences industry faces.

This program is delivered through the LifeScience Zone™, a unique executive education platform developed through a partnership between Florida International University and Thinkeen Global. The LifeScience Zone™ provides executives, business leaders, and high potential managers with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in in the fast-changing life sciences industry.

Program benefit

Taught by world-leading FIU faculty members along with experienced, successful industry experts, the Commercializing Innovation in Life Sciences Certificate Program is not theoretical but rather focuses on knowledge and application of business tools.

Upon completion of the program, participants can immediately apply key learnings in their day-to-day work. Participants will:

  • Gain a broader, well-rounded knowledge of the fundamental aspects of the globalized life sciences industry
  • Achieve an improved ability to contribute to complex, international, multidisciplinary business discussions
  • Learn how to better identify and quickly address critical life sciences business issues
  • Strenghthen their ability to effectively communicate and credibly present business and strategy plans

Participants will also receive practical management tools such as management checklists, spreadsheet templates and presentation guidance.

Moreover, this program embeds a number of other critical business topics, including ethics and compliance considerations in the life sciences industry as an integral part of success in the workplace.

Who should attend

Executives and other professionals in the life science industry from both large and small organizations who commercialize and market innovative products and services including:

  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals (including OTC)
  • In-vitro diagnostics (molecular and genetic)
  • Biotechnology
  • Laboratory instruments
  • Radiology apparatus
  • Surgical appliances and supplies
  • Medicinal and botanical products

Managers and directors in the life sciences industry who work in functional areas including:

  • Finance
  • Compliance
  • Quality
  • Manufacturing
  • R&D
  • Logistics

High potential life sciences industry employees

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Jerry Haar

Education PhD, Political Science Columbia University, New York, New York Master of Arts, Psychology Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland Bachelor of Arts, International Relations American University, Washington, District of Columbia Areas of Expertise Corporate Strategy and Regiona...


Miriam Weismann

Education Masters of Law in Taxation Chicago Kent College of Law JD, Law DePaul University Areas of Expertise Business Ethics Corporate Governance Business Law Tax White Collar Crime International Law Miriam F. Weismann is a clinical professor of business law and tax in Florida International ...


Eneida Roldan

Eneida O. Roldan, MD, MPH, MBA is the Chief Executive Officer for FIU Health Care Network. In this role, Dr. Roldan leads the clinical enterprise that serves the Academic Health Center, FIU Campus and the community. In addition to the CEO role, Dr. Roldan serves as Associate Dean for Internationa...


Denis Cavert

Co-founder of Thinkeen Europe, Cavert has more than 25 years of experience in vaccines and specialty pharma in France, Germany, Italy and Austria. He then held commercial and general management positions with Sanofi Pasteur MSD as commercial director in Italy, with Baxter first as vice president...


Xavier Champavere

Co-founder of Thinkeen Europe, Xavier Champavere has gathered over 30 years of experience in the life science sector including 15 years in the vaccine industry with Aventis Pasteur MSD and general management positions in France and Argentina, the U.K., Italy and Greece. Today he is also non-execu...


Peter DeRobertis

Peter DeRobertis’ experience encompasses primarily healthcare and life sciences with some of the top company brands across a variety of industries with experience in general management, marketing, sales, business development and commercial training, with more than 20 years of B2B achievements. Re...


Carlos Travaglia

Travaglia is a US CPA with over 24 years of experience in finance in healthcare, telecom projects, M&A and consumer electronics. Travaglia was recently CFO of Andean Tower Partners - Digital Bridge (telecommunication infrastructure) for the last two years. Previously, Travaglia was regional ...


Ana Maria Gaitan

Ana Maria Gaitan has 11 years of experience in the medical device and biotech sector and 14 years in consumer marketing. She served as regional business director at Baxter Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, managing director at Baxter Central America, business manager Baxter Hospital The...


Kirsten Gallagher

Over the past 20 years, Kirsten has held leadership roles with international media, business and academic organizations, driving industry-related initiatives across the marketing and communications spectrum. She has supported pharmaceutical and device start-ups, as well as university biomedical a...


Christian Perez

Christian Perez is the managing partner of Thinkeen Legal, a law firm that specializes in corporate and commercial law, domestic and cross-border transactions and compliance with a focus on life sciences. Perez is an experienced and dually-trained and licensed counsel with a 20+ year solid track ...


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