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The Business of BioPharma Mini-MBA™

Dr. Fred Ledley describes BioPharma Mini MBA program
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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.
  • Hear from senior-level industry executives on the challenges of the market today
  • 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

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.

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

Who should attend

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.


Steve Wasserman, MBA is a Lecturer in the Finance Department at Bentley University. He began teaching at Bentley as an Adjunct Lecturer in 2012. In addition to teaching, Steve is a consulting CFO to venture backed companies. Steve has more than 30 years of experience managing corporate fin...
Jill A. Brown (Ph.D., University of Georgia), is an associate professor of management at Bentley University. Her scholarly interests include corporate governance, ethics, corporate social responsibility, and strategic leadership. Brown’s work has been published in Organization Science, Journal of...
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 liter...
Jim 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 consu...


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