Field Course: Commercializing Science; Technology Strategy and Business Models for Science-Based Enterprises - Harvard Business School MBA Program

Field Course: Commercializing Science; Technology Strategy and Business Models for Science-Based Enterprises

Course Number 6107

Professor Karim Lakhani
Senior Fellow Peter Barrett
Visting Lecturer Noubar Afeyan
Spring; Q3Q4; 3 credits
12 2-hour sessions
Project

Companies seeking to develop and commercialize breakthrough science are playing an increasingly important role in today’s economy. Commercializing Science is intended for students who want to start or lead such businesses.

The course covers such issues as creating value from innovation, business model design, value capture strategies, portfolio strategy, intellectual property and organizational models of science-based ventures.

By design, approximately 50% of the students in the class will be cross-registrants from Harvard Medical School, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Science Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard Law School, and the MIT Sloan Fellows Program. This highly diverse student body provides an unusual opportunity for cross-disciplinary learning. 

Students will have the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary teams to develop business plans around real intellectual property emerging from scientific research laboratories at Harvard, MIT, and various teaching hospitals. Many past projects have entered and performed well in business plan competitions.