BioBusiness for life science students! Come join us for 5 exciting days to gain insight into all aspects of life science business; from IP rights to project management.

Synapse Biobusiness Summer School 2017 - From small startup to big business

The BioBusiness Summer School was five fantastic and educational days. If you are a life science student interested in the business side of the industry and would like to know more about bioentrepreneurship, IPR, project management, regulatory affairs and many other aspects of biobusiness then the Synapse Biobusiness Summer School is perfect for you!  

At some point in their career many life science students will work in the industry. Synapse – Life Science Connect is aiming to breach the gap and give students a taste the business side of the life science industry at our BioBusiness Summer School. We will explore the different steps of company evolution and go into depths with the various elements of the business side of life science. Furthermore we will look at alternative career paths and how to manage your career as well as many other exciting topics.  

Throughout the week our speakers will give inspirational lectures, interactive workshops and tailored case challenges as we will look at how an idea or discovery can evolve into a fully-fledged large company. There will also be plenty of time to network with other students and industry professionals.

During the week our speakers will cover topics such as:

  • International Property Rights
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Bio entrepreneurship
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Project management
  • Finance
  • Venture Capital
  • Case solving
  • Career management

Speaker list in 2017
Martin Bonde, PhD, CEO of Vaccibody, Chairman of DANISH BIOTECH
Stephan Christgau, PhD, Senior Partner, NOVO Seeds
Rikke Rytter, Vice President Marketing EMEA, Sysmex Europe
Will Wright, co-founder of TychoBio
Søren Bregenholt, Corporate Vice President, Novo Nordisk
Lars Lüthjohan Jensen, Partner, Mazanti-Andersen-Korsø & Jensen
Trein Møller, Project Leader, Dansk Magisterforening
Valentin Lubbe, Programme Manager, Accelerace 
Anders Fæste, Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
Mette Kirstine Agger, Managing Partner, Lundbeck Foundation Invest 
Lydia Lilja, Principal, Boston Consulting Group 
Andreas Laustsen, PhD, Founder & Director of VenomAb, co-founder of BioSyntia 
Martin Holm, Executive search consultant at Heidrick & Struggles
Pernille Winding Gojkovic, PhD, CEO of Høiberg Patent Attorneys
Jan van de Winkel, PhD, CEO of Genmab A/S
Karina Kokholm, Team Lead Regulatory Affairs at Novo Nordisk A/S
Andreas HolmBom, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group




Our annual Biobusiness Summer School is one of our most well established activities throughout the year. The first Biobusiness Summer School was held in 2014 and the event has only gained more popularity ever since. In August Synapse - Life science connect invites 60 ambitious and motivated students from numerous countries to participate. The summer school is a 5 day activity where industry experts within various fields such as marketing, regulatory affairs, finance accounting, intellectual property rights, consulting, strategy implementation, bioentrepreneurship and much more come to share their knowledge and expertise.

Our vision and goal with the biobusiness summer school is to inspire and inform our participants about the many different aspects of working in the biotech- and pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore we seek to engage our participants to develop important practical skills within the fields taught, which we believe will help them in their future careers. The next BBSS will be held from the 13th - 17th of August 2018.


As many of our participants visit Copenhagen for the first time, we make sure to include social events in our program, which of course are optional.   


The Biobusiness Summer School 2016 was held at the marvelous Faculty Club at Panum institute from the 1st-5th of August. 55 participants from numerous countries participated throughout the week.

Experts from Novo Nordisk, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Høiberg, Symphogen, Novo A/S, Novozymes, Vaccibody participated as guest speakers and lecturers with extremely interesting workshops and lectures providing our participants with a numerous set of skills after the week. On friday, before BCG held their presentation workshop, we had arranged an extremely interesting panel discussion consisted of three industry leaders moderated by Medicon Valley Alliance with the theme “How do we pave the way for a new Novo?”. You can watch the debate to the left. 

Another tradition during the Biobusiness Summer School are the social activities such as the canal tour. As many of our participants visit Copenhagen for the first time, we make sure to include social events in our program, which of course are optional.   

Last years speaker list

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Sponsors of the last years Summer School




Foundation for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Copenhagen