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6-week dynamic online training programme

A fast track digital Mini-MBA for pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device professionals

Over 6 weeks develop the commercial, strategic and leadership skills required to tackle real-world challenges with confidence

Course Overview

Enhance your practical understanding of the commercial and strategic issues driving the (bio)pharmaceutical industry on this dynamic 6-week programme. Focusing on 5 key management areas with 5 different members of our expert faculty, you will explore what it takes to be successful in this highly competitive and heavily regulated industry.

Delivered as a blended online programme, you will learn through a variety of learning materials and delivery methods including live lectures, reading materials, forums, live interactive discussion and exercises.

5 experts with over 100 years of experience between them
5 experts with over 100 years of experience between them

With an unrivalled combined experience of over 100 years, our expert faculty bring to the table wide-ranging expertise from across the pharmaceutical industry. Each week of the pharma Mini-MBA features a different course leader with a different specialism. During this course they will share their consulting and business experience, revealing vital insights gained from working with the world’s most prestigious international corporations on a wide range of pharmaceutical products. There will also be time for Q&As so you can discuss the content and challenges you are facing with the experts.

Put your skills into practice through a continuous case study
Put your skills into practice through a continuous case study

Throughout the 6 weeks, you will follow a continuous case study of a pharmaceutical company: mapping out its strategic direction, making key decisions and ultimately endeavouring to ensure the commercial success of the business. The case study provides a platform for regular, in-depth discussion with peers and an opportunity to apply the skills and techniques you will learn.

Fast track your career in life sciences
Fast track your career in life sciences

Armed with the skills you’ve learned on the Pharma & Biopharm Mini-MBA, you will be equipped to take a more strategic, commercial and practical approach to your day to day role. In just 6 weeks you will learn how to become a more effective leader and discover how to advance your career in this competitive and ever-changing industry.

What will you learn?

Pharmaceutical business strategy and strategic thinking
Pharmaceutical business strategy and strategic thinking

Learn how you can employ winning strategies and strategic thinking 

Strategic change management
Strategic change management

Build high performance teams with enhanced leadership skills

Pharmaceutical marketing
Pharmaceutical marketing

Explore competitive marketing strategies for better margins, profits and revenues

Business, commercial and financial skills
Business, commercial and financial skills

Improve business, commercial and financial skills for greater returns on investment

Commercial relationship management
Commercial relationship management

Control and manage complex commercial relationships to optimise results

Digital networking
Digital networking

Build relationships and learn from your peers in a digital environment

Online course structure

The 6-week programme is divided into an introduction plus 5 modules with each module focused on a key management topic that is critical for you as a leader to understand. Each module is delivered over a week and contains both live and on-demand learning materials. 

Live learning is done through webinar technology, utilising the interactive features available such as polling, break out rooms and whiteboard.

On-demand learning can be completed anytime and is usually required in preparation of a live learning session. On-demand learning includes reading, video lectures and forum discussions.

Hot topic sessions

The (bio)pharma and MedTech industries change constantly in response to new business models, marketing practices, innovative therapeutics and more. As leaders it is vital to stay aware of the latest trends and how they will impact your organisation now and in the future.

Facilitated by the expert faculty there will be two hot topic discussions during the 6-week programme. The aim is to facilitate online networking, interaction and discussion amongst peers. The two topics will be selected by you in week 1 of the course. You will need to prepare some thoughts, experiences and insight prior to the session. You will primarily learn from your peers through the sharing of past experiences and ideas.

Hot topic sessions will take place in weeks 4 and 5 of the course.

Who is this course for?

This interactive programme is ideal for:

  • Managers who have influence across functional areas and who cope with ambiguous or difficult situations
  • Those who are leading major projects or change within their organisations – either now or in the future
  • Directors and VPs who require a short intensive time away from day-to-day pressures to think strategically about their business
  • Functional support specialists and scientists who are either being promoted into a broader business role or who need to start developing a wider organisation perspective

Head of

Client Management

Sartorius Stedim

The practical exercises made you think and helped to consolidate knowledge.

CPD Certified

Engaging in Continuing Professional Development ensures that both academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated or obsolete; allowing individuals to continually ‘up skill’ or ‘re-skill’ themselves, regardless of occupation, age or educational level. This course has been assessed and is CPD certified.

An overview of the Mini-MBA from Andre Lanser

Learn more about the Pharma & Biopharm Mini-MBA from the course leader for week four on business, commercial and financial skills. Andre Lanser ACA.

Free Routledge Book With Your Course

Also included as part of the course you will receive a free copy of the following book: Innovation, Commercialization and Start-Ups in Life Sciences.

In addition, you will also receive a 25% discount on any Routledge books or eBooks. To view the full product range visit the Routledge website

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