Start date TBA
Price, excl. VAT. 10.000 DKK
Duration 5 days
Language English

Innovation and commercialisation of your life science project

BII Summer School 2023

Following the success from the summer school in 2022, BioInnovation Institute, in collaboration with CBS Executive, is running the third edition of its Summer School in 2023 to increase the understanding of innovation and commercialization among life science researchers.



Deadline is 15 June 2023: Please note that we do accept applications after the deadline.

The summer school will provide a comprehensive and systematic overview of the most  common aspects of commercialisation assessments and planning of life science innovations.
The course is focused on making assessments and decisions about commercialisation of scientific innovations, potential products and technologies and drafting a science-based business model.
The programme will include cases from the biopharma,health technology and bioindustrial fields.

The course covers a broad set of topics including the innovation ecosystem, translation of technology, assessment of unmet needs, idea generation and evaluation, target product profile and minimal viable product, market and industry analysis, strategic value chain design, open and closed innovation, business models and confidentiality considerations in relation to patents.

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Target group

The target group for the program is senior PhD students, Postdocs & young research group leaders from universities and research institutions.

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What’s in it for you?

After the course, the participant will have skills and competencies that enables him/her to meet the following learning outcomes:


  • Understand the overall commercialisation process of science innovation
  • Understand technology features important for commercialisation
  • Understand basics of unmet needs, applications, markets and competitor analysis
  • Understand how to develop a strong business model for life science innovation


  • Tools for planning a commercialisation process for new science innovations, including an understanding of when to work in closed and open innovation settings and when to seek professional advice for more specific commercialisation activities such as patenting and negotiation
  • Researching for market analysis and competitor analysis
  • Composing a business model
  • Create a pitch deck and pitching to investors and other stakeholders


  • Be capable of applying different commercialisation models for different types of life science innovations
  • Be a strong dialogue partner to professionals in the translational research ecosystem such as technology transfer professionals, patent attorneys and investors

See also course overview. Moreover, the Summer School provides an excellent network opportunity for like-minded researchers. We include ample time for discussions and socialising.

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Teaching and learning methods

This summer course is taught using a combination of lectures, interactive seminars, simulation training cases and group work with an emphasis on case discussions in the class.
The course places an emphasis on active participation. Several case studies, group work and exercises are used in order to optimize learning and to prepare scientists for future opportunities of commercialisation of research.


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Each application should be accompanied by:

  • A cover letter specifying a clear motivation for participation
  • An abstract describing the science that could potentially form the basis for a business case
  • A short CV
  • A recommendation letter from supervisor/mentor or head of a department

Early application is recommended. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the enrollment will close when the course is full.

Registration deadline is 5 June 2023.


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Course leader:

  • Palle Høy Jakobsen, PhD & DMSc Teaching Ass
    Professor & Study Director

Previous years contributors have included:

  • Jens Nielsen, CEO and Professor, BII and Chalmers University of Technology
  • Ole Markersen, Vice President, NIRAS Life Science Academy
  • Pernille Winding Gojkovic, CEO, Høiberg
  • Joakim Nguyen Sørensen, Consultant, iNotify Therapeutics
  • Jie Zhang, Researcher, The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability
  • Steffen Nielsen, Senior Market Access Director, Coloplast
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Registration deadline:
To Be Announced

2023 dates:

The course starts on Monday th 14th of August and ends on Friday the 18th of August, followed by a small reception.
The course is expected to include evening sessions on Monday and Thursday (catering is included).

The course will take place at CBS Executive Foundation, Porcelænshaven 22, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark the first four days and the last day will take place at BioInnovation Institute, Ole Maaløes Vej 3, 2200 København, Denmark.

The course fee is DKK 10,000/EUR 1,350 (excl. Danish VAT) which includes educational programme, course materials and catering during course. The course is partly sponsored by Bioinnovation Institute.

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