Perspectives of the Life Sciences Industry | Abertay University

Perspectives of the Life Sciences Industry


This module covers scientific, technical, business and socio-economic perspectives of the life sciences industry.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with a perspective on the life sciences industry, including commercial and research aspects of the processes of drug discovery and bioproduct development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Appraise technological and commercial activities of selected biomedical industries and research institutes and appreciate their business perspectives.

2.  Critically discuss development frameworks for bioproduct or bioprocess innovation that may be used by a life sciences company to gain competitive advantage

3.  Review and analyse the process of bioproduct development from lab to clinic

Indicative Content

1 The Process of Bioproduct Development

The development of industrial bioproducts such as immuondiagnostic kits, enzymes (eg. kinases), proteins (eg. cytochrome p450) from laboratory to market will be explained and demonstrated (during industrial visits) to students.

2 Biobusiness perspectives

General business strategies and marketing concepts relating particularly to the health-care market. Operations management. New bioproduct development. Biotechnology and legal issues (eg. regulatory/safety issues, intellectual property rights, biopatenting).

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Learning outcomes of this module will be achieved and graduate attributes enhanced by students attending lectures, tutorials, guest seminars and industrial visits. Independent self- study and literature-based research will be required for the assessments.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 18
Tutorial/Seminar 4
Supervised Practical Activity 18
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 120

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.