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ME2806 From Science to Business 7.5 credits

The course deals with the development and managment of biotechnology businesses, with focus on commercialising discoverties and inventions. The course consists of seminars based on practice and theory of the different stages of business development as well as a group-project presented in writing and orally.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus ME2806 (Spring 2012–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

In the seminars students meet practitioners and researchers with a Swedish and international background. The practitioners present specific experiences from starting and running knowledge intensive young businesses or from the financial, legal, political or corporate strategy fields. The broad picture is given by researchers in sociology or business administration with an insigth in academic discoveries, start-up companies, venture capita, business expansion and selling of companies.

In the group-project and case studies students from different schools will work together on topic of their choice from one of the main areas of the course.

The course is divided into four components:

  1. Innovation and entrepreneurship
  2. Law and regulations
  3. Finance
  4. Strategy

Intended learning outcomes

The learning outcomes for the course can be subdivided into two broad areas; i) Biotech business including finance, stategy, law and regulations and ii) Entrepreneurship and innovation.

Biotech business

  • express understanding for the field of biotechnology business
  • understand and demonstrate iknowledge of the development and management of biotechnology businesses
  • argue for advantages and disadvantages with public and private financing of early stage companies
  • communicate basics in strategy and tools for science based companies (business plan, collaboration between large and small companies, corporate intelligence, role of boards, human resource management etc)
  • demonstrate theoretical knowledge within the overall legal and regulatory framework for science based businesses (EU and US corporate law, patenting law, regulatory authorities)
  • integrate knowledge of key skill-sets for early-stage entrepreneurship and handle complexity within areas such as market and IP analysis, target product profile, business plan and budgeting.

Entrepreneurship and innovation

  • understand and demonstrate how discoveries and inventions are commercialized
  • analyse, clearly communicate and discuss the context of entrepreneurship with both a specialist and non-specialist audience
  • analyse and clearly communicate and discuss the context of entrepreneurship to both a specialist and non-specialist audience
  • apply their understanding and knowledge of the basics of innovation and entrepreneurship in a boarder context and relate to their own field of study
  • use their new skills and continue to independently learn more about the area of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • demonstrate understanding in the theory of clusters of innovation
  • express inowledge for the universities role in the innovation system.

Course disposition

A combination of guest speakers with theoretical and real-life experiences of starting, running and developing science based companies. Interactive seminars with focus on discussions on the different topics combined with actual use of the provided knowledge.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Programme students at KTH must have a minimum of 120 ECTS.

For all other student 180 hp is requiered as well as English A + B, or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

Programme students at KTH must have a minimum of 120 ECTS.

For all other student 180 hp is requiered as well as English A + B, or equivalent.


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Study material made available during the course form the principal reference material and provides the basis for the examination. The student will also retrieve web-based information.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 7.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Group-thesis, case assignment and oral presentations.

There is compulsory attendance in the seminars, case work and presentations. Failure to atttend obligatory parts of the course may be compensated for by completion of assignments, decided on in agreement with the course leadership and judged on a case-to-case basis.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web ME2806

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Lisa Thorén-Forsanker,

Supplementary information

All registration queries should be addressed to the SSES Education Registrat at

The course is offered within the framework of The Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.

Responsible institution: Karolinska Institute
C700, Institutionen för Lärande, Informatik, Management och Etik

Ersätter 4D1534.