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 2018 - Mapping the Life Science Industry

Join us for five fantastic and educational days at the Synapse BioBusiness Summer School 2018. 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 bridge the gap and give students a taste of the business side of the life science industry at our BioBusiness Summer School 2018. 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
  • Business Development
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Bioentrepreneurship
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Finance
  • Venture Capital
  • Case solving
  • Career management

Speaker list:

Date: 13th – 17th of August

Location: Faculty Club, Panum Institute

Entry/Admission requirements: Applications: Open for all students, recent graduates, PhD or post-docs within life sciences from all universities in the world.

Application deadline: July 1st (23:59)
Upon application please attach CV and a one-page motivation letter.

- Lunch will be provided without cost every day
- Optional evening activities will take place
- Mandatory programme 9-17 every day


All the best,

The Synapse Team



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