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Prescheduled, Signature Classes

Biotech Primer’s face-to-face signature classes are delivered on specific dates, in convenient locations throughout the US. With industry experts behind the podium and continuously updated materials, Biotech Primer provides the most relevant, engaging instruction anywhere.

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Biotech Primer Signature Face-to-Face Courses

The following Biotech Primer Signature Courses can be delivered in-house at your company, anywhere in the world exactly as shown. Or let us modify the agenda to include different topics that meet your company’s training needs.

Interested? Contact Stacey Hawkins at 410.377.4429 or stacey@biotechprimer.com

Biotech for Non-Scientists Courses

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BioBasics

A two-day course for those who want to better understand the science driving the industry.

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BioBasics™: Biotech for the Non-Scientist is an intensive two-day course that starts with a review of the scientific concepts required for understanding the biopharma industry. Building on this knowledge, the course quickly ramps up to include a survey of the hottest applications in biotech today, including precision medicine, genomics and genome-based therapies, immunotherapies, and biomanufacturing. If you are a non-scientist who wants to better understand the science driving the industry, this course is for you.

Five takeaways

  1. Scientific background needed to better understand your company or client’s
    products
  2. Fluency in the essential terminology of the industry
  3. An understanding of where your company “fits” in the biopharma landscape
  4. An improved ability to communicate with colleagues and stakeholders
  5. An overview of the most innovative new developments within the biopharma
    industry
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BioBriefing

A one-day, fast-paced course focused on the science driving today’s hottest biopharma innovations.

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BioBriefing™: Biotech for the Non-Scientist is a one-day, fast-paced course focused on the science driving today’s hottest biopharma innovations. Learn how basic biology is translated into novel vaccines and therapeutics that save lives. Taught by an industry expert who knows the technology, products, and companies.

Five takeaways

  1. Scientific basics needed to better understand the biopharma industry
  2. Command of the essential terminology of the industry
  3. Improved ability to communicate with scientists, colleagues and clients
  4. Fluency in the fundamental pharmacology of novel therapies
  5. Roadmap of the life science industry sectors
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BioImmersion

A three-day, in-depth course that delves into the scientific details on a broad number of biotechnology topics.

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BioImmersion™: Biotech for the Non-Scientist is a three-day, in-depth course that delves into the scientific details on a broad number of biotechnology topics. BioImmersion is divided into three distinct sections : the fundamental biology upon which the healthcare industry is built; the science driving the innovative therapeutics that are saving lives; and the business of biopharma including drug discovery, development and manufacturing. Become fluent in the science and business of biopharma by taking this comprehensive course.

Five takeaways

  1. Fluency in the terminology and acronyms of the biopharma industry
  2. Comprehensive scientific background needed to understand your company’s, competitor’s or client’s products
  3. Improved ability to communicate with scientists, regulators, colleagues and clients
  4. Understanding of how a molecule moves from the lab to the marketplace
  5. Innovative new developments within the biopharma industry
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NOVEL DRUGS: IMMUNO, GENE AND CELL THERAPIES

This one-day course focuses on the most innovative drugs currently in development or newly on the market including immunotherapies, gene therapies, RNA therapies, CRISPR and more.

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Novel Drugs: Immuno, Gene and Cell Therapies course focuses on the most innovative drugs currently in development or newly on the market. The inspiration for these emerging medicines is our own immune system, so we begin with a look at immunology. The rest of the day is spent learning about the science, development challenges and healthcare potential of immunotherapies, gene therapies and cell therapies.

Five Takeaways

  1. The rationale behind cancer immunotherapies
  2. The challenges and second-generation opportunities for immunotherapies
  3. Differentiation between the types of DNA- and RNA- based therapies
  4. Improved understanding of gene therapy and genome editing
  5. Ability to discuss multiple applications of genome editing

Drug development Courses

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Drug Development Immersion

A two-day, intensive course focused on the regulatory, commercial and scientific considerations required to bring a drug successfully to market.

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Drug Development Immersion is a two-day, intensive course focused on the regulatory, commercial and scientific considerations required to bring a drug successfully to market. Discussion points feature both small molecule drugs and biologics. Numerous personal accounts and war stories are used to illustrate the decision-making process companies use, giving participants a working knowledge of strategic development. Learn what it takes to get a molecule from the bench into the marketplace by an industry expert.

Five takeaways

  1. Fluency in the terminology and acronyms of drug development
  2. In-depth look at the FDA and EMA regulatory process
  3. Understanding of the key issues related to manufacturing a product
  4. Familiarity with preclinical testing requirements
  5. Appreciation of different aspects of clinical studies and their design.
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Drug Development Primer

A one-day course concentrating on the FDA regulatory considerations required to successfully bring a drug to market in the US.

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Drug Development Primer is a one-day course concentrating on the FDA regulatory considerations required to successfully bring a drug to market in the US. Discussion points focus on biologic products. Numerous personal accounts illustrate the decision-making process biopharma’s use, giving you an overview of strategic development.

Four takeaways

  1. Overview of the FDA regulatory process
  2. Introduction to drug development terminology and most used acronyms
  3. Familiarity with preclinical testing requirements
  4. Understanding of the clinical studies process
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Understanding Commercialization Within Biopharma

A two-day course that uses real world examples to explain both the big picture of strategic commercialization as well as the tactics necessary for a successful pharmaceutical launch.

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Understanding Commercialization Within Biopharma is a two-day course that uses real world examples to explain both the big picture of strategic commercialization as well as the tactics necessary for a successful pharmaceutical launch. Discussion points focus on creation of the Therapeutic Target Profile (TPP), the power of market segmentation, crafting the value story, and building/sustaining competitive advantage. This course is for both scientists and non-scientists who need to better understand how therapeutics are successfully launched and commercialized.

 5 Takeaways

  1. Key commercialization success factors and their value as a core, differentiating competency
  2. Commercialization “toolbox” that can be immediately and practically applied
  3. Deep understanding of the product launch process
  4. Key issues, opportunities, and challenges of effective commercialization strategy and tactics
  5. Tools needed to build compelling and effective value-demonstration stories that help optimize reimbursement and market access
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Strategic Commercialization Primer

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This one-day overview course is focused on the major strategic considerations and tactics integral to successful commercialization within biopharma. Discussion points focus on practical concepts, applications, and tools that help participants effectively build and implement strategic plans to address the needs of multiple stakeholders in creation of reimbursable innovation.

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Understanding Drug Pricing & Reimbursement

A one-day course that examines the complexity of the US healthcare market.

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Understanding Drug Pricing and Reimbursement is a one-day course that examines the complexity of the US healthcare market. The relationships between drug manufacturers, government policy, insurers and patients are explained in detail giving participants a better understanding of drug use in America. Numerous topics are covered including pharmacoeconomics, the various methodologies of drug pricing and reimbursement strategies.

Five takeaways

  1. Understanding drug formularies, how they differ from one another, and what considerations are accounted for when deciding which drugs to accept onto a formulary
  2. Familiarity with the types of information used to inform drug policy
  3. Ability to apply different types of analysis used in determining drug prices
  4. Appreciation of the role of the drug product lifestyle in drug pricing, marketing and reimbursement
  5. Overview of the relationship between drug manufacturers, policy-makers, pharmacies, employers and patients.

Medical Device & Diagnostic Courses

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The Science of Molecular Diagnostics

A one-day course exploring the growing role of molecular diagnostics within healthcare.

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The Science of Molecular Diagnostics is a one-day course exploring the growing role of molecular diagnostics within healthcare. Participants learn how mutations happen and cause disease, and which diagnostics are used to identify where and how disease occurs. If you have a limited science background and are new to the diagnostics sector this course is a great introduction.

Five takeaways

  1. Scientific background to understand how mutations occur and cause diseas
  2. An overview of the most innovative diagnostics within the biopharma industry
  3. Importance of biomarkers in disease and diagnostics
  4. An understanding of how DNA-and protein-based diagnostics work
  5. How to interpret diagnostic results
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Molecular Diagnostics Development

A one-day course that explores how diagnostics are developed, approved and reimbursed.

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Molecular Diagnostics Development is a one-day course that explores how diagnostics are developed, approved and reimbursed. The course introduces concepts such as sensitivity, specificity, false positives, false negatives, and ROC curves, which are used to determine how well the diagnostic performs. Once the strength of a diagnostic is determined participants learn how the diagnostic is evaluated by the FDA and the various pathways to approval a company can pursue. The course ends with a look at how diagnostics are reimbursed once in the marketplace.

Five takeaways

  1. An improved ability to communicate with scientists, regulators and clients
  2. Fluency in the essential terminology used in the diagnostics sector
  3. Statistics background needed to understand basic diagnostic measurements
  4. An understanding of how to interpret diagnostic measurements
  5. The ability to predict if a diagnostic would be approved by the FDA based on statistical analysis of sensitivity and specificity results
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Medical Device Development Immersion

A two-day course examining all aspects of medical device development in detail.

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Medical Device Development Immersion is a two-day course examining all aspects of medical device development in detail. Starting with the changing regulatory environment, different regulatory pathways are reviewed, and a comparison of FDA vs. EU approval process is made. The five phases of medical device development, market opportunity, evaluation, design, verification, and manufacturing, are described in detail. Take this course to develop an understanding of the entire process required to bring a new medical device to market.

Five takeaways

  1. An improved ability to communicate with engineers, colleagues and manufacturers
  2. Medical device terminology and processes
  3. A toolbox to help design a medical device prototype
  4. Knowledge of the various approval pathways for each medical device class
  5. Risk mitigation in medical device development and approval
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Medical Device Development Primer

A one-day preparatory course designed for those seeking introductory industry understanding.

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Medical Device Development Primer is a one-day preparatory course designed for those seeking introductory industry understanding. This course examines all aspects of medical device development, including a detailed description of the five development phases—market opportunity, evaluation, design, verification, and manufacturing. The course delves into the changing regulatory environment and focuses on the different regulatory pathways that devices can undertake for FDA or EMA marketing approval.

Five takeaways

  1. Fluency in essential terminology and acronyms of the medical device industry
  2. Knowledge of the various approval pathways for a medical device to be marketed to patients
  3. An understanding of how to mitigate risk in a medical device
  4. An improved ability to communicate with engineers, colleagues and clients
  5. The ability to construct a medical device by following the traditional 5 phases of development

Manufacturing Courses

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Medical Device Development Primer

A one-day preparatory course designed for those seeking introductory industry understanding.

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Medical Device Development Primer is a one-day preparatory course designed for those seeking introductory industry understanding. This course examines all aspects of medical device development, including a detailed description of the five development phases—market opportunity, evaluation, design, verification, and manufacturing. The course delves into the changing regulatory environment and focuses on the different regulatory pathways that devices can undertake for FDA or EMA marketing approval.

Five takeaways

  1. Fluency in essential terminology and acronyms of the medical device industry
  2. Knowledge of the various approval pathways for a medical device to be marketed to patients
  3. An understanding of how to mitigate risk in a medical device
  4. An improved ability to communicate with engineers, colleagues and clients
  5. The ability to construct a medical device by following the traditional 5 phases of development

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the face-to-face classes held?
Throughout the US in major cities. Less frequently we hold classes in Canada and Australia.
How many people attend a face-to-face class?
Depending on space between 20-35 people attend.
Who Attends?
We have a diverse audience in experience, education, and job description. Attendees range from C-level executives to manufacturing shift-workers; those new to the industry to season veterans who may find themselves in a different position or with a new company. This mix of backgrounds extends the learning for all, since everyone has something to contribute to and learn from the group.
What is the dress code for the class?
The dress code for the courses is business casual. We do recommend that you dress in layers as the rooms can tend to be a little chilly and we often can’t control the temperature.
What time does the class start? End?
The doors open at 8:30 am and the class begins promptly at 9:00 am. There are breaks throughout the day and an hour lunch. Classes end at 4:30 pm.
Do you send out training materials prior to the class or do we get them when we arrive at the class?
Class materials are distributed at the beginning of the class. Just bring a pen (and your ID which you will need to enter most venues)!
Do we have to do pre-work prior to the class?
No pre-work is assigned.
What sorts of training materials do you provide?
We provide a customized spiral workbook specific to each class. The workbook includes all presented slides and each slide’s “Take Home Points” so you can focus on and retain the most important information. All labs, activities, and case studies are included in the workbook. Depending on the class, some workbooks include a glossary of biotech terms and others may include a list of commonly used acronyms.

With the purchase of any face-to-face course, we will register you to receive our WEEKLY e-newsletter so that you can use of all your new-found knowledge. The WEEKLY is sent to your in-box every Thursday and explains the science behind the headlines. (You may unsubscribe with one click at any time.)

Do you provide refreshments and snacks? Breakfast and lunch?
We provide coffee and water throughout the day and a box lunch for the afternoon meal. We do not provide breakfast. We regret that we cannot accommodate those with food allergies as our meals are catered and we cannot guarantee the catering facility is free from allergy causing agents. In most cases we provide vegetarian alternatives. Please contact us with any dietary questions.
Who are your instructors? What is their background?
Our instructors are dynamic, industry-experienced subject matter experts. In fact, this is what sets us apart from other training organizations – our instructors! Anyone can “learn the presentation” but our instructors can handle your most difficult questions.
Do I get a certificate for attending?
Each participant gets a certificate of attendance. To receive your certificate, you must first complete the electronic survey that is emailed to you at the end of the class. Once submitted you will receive your certificate by email.
Do you provide credit hours?
We do not provide credit hours, however if an organization has access to accreditation, we are certainly willing to sign needed documents to get someone their credit hours.
Do you provide face-to-face courses internationally?
We can provide face-to-face training internationally, but we do require a local lead organization to market the course. If you are unable to find an international class, consider taking our online courses. Our online learning is on demand, so it is available wherever you are located.
Do you provide discounts?
Some face-to-face classes are done in conjunction with a partner; most partners are membership organizations. Discounts are extended to members of that specific partner for that specific training.

We provide discounts for companies who send five or more registrants to one class if they are not members of the partner organization.

Do classes sell out? Are classes ever canceled?
Classes often sell out, so if you want to attend sign-up early. When that happens, we usually offer a waiting list for the class. From time to time, we do cancel classes because of low attendance. Prior to making flight arrangements, please contact us and inquire if the class is in danger of being cancelled. We do not refund any travel costs due to course cancellation.
What is your refund policy?
We do not refund purchases. However, if you cannot attend, you may send someone from your organization in your place. Please contact us with the name of your replacement so we can update our records.

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