Der Minor muss im Herbstsemester begonnen werden. Die im Herbstsemester stattfindenden Module müssen alle im gleichen Semester besucht werden. Die Module finden alle am UZH Campus in Schlieren statt.


Das Lehrangebot des 30 ECTS Credits umfassenden Minors in BioMed Entrepreneurship besteht aus fünf Pflichtmodulen: eine Vorlesung und drei Blockkurse, die im HS stattfinden, sowie ein Internship, welches im darauffolgenden Frühlingssemesters oder in der vorlesungsfreien Zeit absolviert werden kann.

Der Minor konzentriert sich auf übergreifende Fragestellungen der translationalen Forschung und beinhaltet keine weiteren reinen Life Sciences Fächer, da diese im Major abzudecken sind.

Abgeschlossen ist der Minor, wenn alle fünf Module mit einer genügenden Note oder als bestanden beurteilt worden sind und die Erkenntnisse des Internships präsentiert wurden.

In der folgenden Tabelle sind alle Module aufgeführt.

Das für den Minor obligatorische, 10-wöchige Berufspraktikum (10 ECTS) bietet als Schnittstelle zwischen Universität und Praxis Einblicke in die Berufswelt und kann Perspektiven für eine Weiterbildung öffnen. Es wird nach Beendigung des Herbstsemesters im darauffolgenden Frühlingssemester oder in der vorlesungsfreien Zeit absolviert. Die Beurteilung erfolgt aufgrund von schriftlichen Wochenrapporten auf Basis eines vorgegebenen Rasters und einem Schlussbericht, bei dem auch das in den Kursen gelernte Wissen angewendet werden soll. Im darauffolgenden Herbstsemester werden die Erkenntnisse in einem der Module des Minors präsentiert.

Mehr Informationen finden Sie in der Wegleitung (PDF, 879 KB).

Die Kurse sind im Vorlesungsverzeichnis aufgeführt.

Please note:

It is possible that participants of the Minor in BioMed Entrepreneurship will be recorded on video. By registering, the participant accepts that the recordings can be used both for internal and advertising purposes. If this is not desired, the organizing team must be informed before the start of the course.

Lernziele und Inhalte der einzelnen Module

BEP 101: Monday lecture: Pitch lectures and training


Learning Objectives:

The student…

  1. … can differentiate between ideas, innovation and marketable products and can identify opportunities with a potential for innovation.

  2. … is able to compare different entrepreneurial approaches in BioTech, MedTech and Pharma.

  3. … can apply knowledge in a Life Science business concept and is able to reflect upon this process.

  4. … is able to understand his/her audience, analyze the means and adapt his/her pitch to the target group for a most effective outcome.


One of the basics for entrepreneurs is the ability to convince an audience of a business idea in a short but comprehensive pitch. This module provides the students with all the tools they need to make the most effective pitch. The students will learn how to identify a potentially successful idea, create different entrepreneurial approaches that develop an idea to become a product or a service and write a business plan. This knowledge is applied to existing cases that will be practiced in hands-on exercises, which will be recorded and discussed.

BEP 102: Blockcourse 1: BioMed Entrepreneurship - From team to company


Learning objectives:

The student…

  1. … knows about the importance of teamwork in entrepreneurship and is able to reflect on his/her own behavior.

  2. … can describe the relevant requirements in finance, legal, marketing and project management for a venture and can apply those in a case study.

  3. … is able to analyze the situation of a Life Sciences research result, to identify a patient’s needs, and point out entrepreneurial starting points.

  4. … can apply the knowledge learned to a milestone planning for a concrete market introduction.


This module provides an introduction to entrepreneurship in the field of Bio- and Medical Technology. The students will learn how to translate an idea or scientific finding into a commercially viable or service product. Knowledge will be acquired via e-learning tools and lectures that, amongst others, are given by guest-lecturers from a venture (local startups, specialists in various fields of expertise). In addition, students will train their soft skills, which are needed in business life, for example with team-exercises or by giving constructive feedback.

BEP 103: Blockcourse 2: Corporate management of BioMed ventures


Learning objectives:

The student…

  1. … is able to apply a project management process for different requirements.

  2. … can describe and differentiate theories of finance models for a venture.

  3. … is able to analyze balance sheets, business reports and earning statements.

  4. … can illustrate problems, situations, milestones and solution approaches related to a particular project.

  5. … understands the various types of conflicts that can arise in a company, as well as the requirements of leadership.

  6. … develops the ability to work with others towards a shared goal.


This module focuses on management and the financial aspects of a company. Information will be acquired via e-learning tools and lectures that, amongst others, are given by guest-lecturers from a life sciences venture (local startups, specialists in various fields of expertise). Furthermore, students will improve their teamwork skills by discussing conflicting management solutions and leadership requirements.


Learning Objectives:

The student…

  1. … is able to acquire relevant knowledge about intellectual property (IP), brands and trademarks.

  2. … can select and explain issues in Life Science Regulations, i.e., Swissmedic or Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  3. … knows about the rights and obligations in business, as well as labor and employment law.

  4. … is aware of the importance of data protection and security and acts accordingly.

  5. … is able to understand the role of mergers and acquisitions in a corporate strategy.

  6. … can classify and judge international papers and practical examples.


This module focuses on the legal requirements for a Bio- or MedTech venture and covers topics such as intellectual property (IP), regulatory affairs, merger and acquisitions, as well as the legal aspects of a company. Business law, as well as labor and employment law are taught and the importance of correct data handling is discussed. Knowledge will be acquired with hands-on training, using case studies, e-learning tools and lectures that, amongst others, are given by guest-lecturers.

BEP 105: Research Internship


Learning Objectives:

The student…

  1. … is able to apply the acquired knowledge to projects in a selected Bio- or MedTech company and explain product development, production and quality control.

  2. … can discuss the organizational structure of the company and develop potential improvements.

  3. … can explain the company’s value chain.

  4. … can reflect about his/her tasks, can connect theoretical knowledge and practical work, thereby improving hard and soft skills.


The student will carry out a 10-week full-time internship project in a Biotech, MedTech or Pharmaceutical company, where he/she can analyze a real case and apply his/her acquired knowledge. This opportunity offers the student the first direct contact with the business world and could open doors for the future. Achievements are reflected and documented in a weekly statement. In a final report, the student discusses the project, and the findings are presented in the following module in the next fall term. The internship is managed by a supervisor from the company and one of the organizing institute (IREM).