CMBS1107 Bioinnovations and Biobusiness (4 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023


The Bioinnovation and Biobusiness course will provide insight to intellectual property rights and international patent laws. The bio-business aspect of life sciences will be discussed with special focus on biomedical product development.

Learning outcomes

Problem-based learning strategies within the course will provide knowledge for the student to develop a realistic business plan. Specifically, students will be able to describe biobusiness in Finland and globally, elucidate what is IPR and what can be protected, define components in a patent application and important issues in a research contract, construct a bio-business plan, describe steps needed to bring a pharmaceutical into the market, reflect on one’s own field and its own particular requirements of development, adopts skills in problem solving and critical thinking, as well as, develop interaction, communication and presentation skills. Attendance at the discussion is compulsory.

Description of prerequisites

Student should have an understanding of basics in biology.


  • Selected content will be provided in the course.

Completion methods

Method 1

Course is organised every second year (autumn 2020, 2022)
Evaluation criteria:
25% participation, including exercises and discussion groups + 75% exam.
Time of teaching:
Period 2
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (4 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
No published teaching