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*** This course contributes to the Royal Society of Biology's Industry Skills Certificate

A course for those who would like to learn about what entrepreneurship means in the bioscience sector


The bioscience field is experiencing what some analysts say will be a golden century thanks to the plethora of novel developments in research that are being translated into commercially viable products. Academics are well poised to be at the forefront of this period of innovation, and industry professionals need to be joining with academic scientists to garner the maximal value possible. However, many research scientists have not been made overly familiar with the process of taking fundamental research into entrepreneurial territory and so this program aims to help with the process involved in establishing a bioscience business.

Who is this course for?

Early career researchers including graduate students (Masters and PhD), postdoctoral scientists, and junior lab heads.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the landscape of bioscience business and what entrepreneurship is
  • The process of translating fundamental research into something commercially viable
  • The major pitfalls to avoid when setting up a business 
  • Understanding the process of garnering investment from investors

Course tutor

Dr Christopher Haggarty-Weir has a joint PhD in biophysical chemistry and molecular parasitology from the Universities of Edinburgh (School of Chemistry) and Melbourne (Faculty of Medicine). He was primarily supervised by Professor Alan Cowman, FRS, AC, from the Walter and Elize Hall Institute, for his research into malaria vaccine development. During his PhD at the University of Edinburgh, Dr Haggarty-Weir worked for 16 months in business development for Edinburgh Innovations, helping to commercialise technology coming out of the University's Schools of Medicine and Biological Science. This was followed by a year working in biotech venture capital, then a brief period as the Industrial Liaison Officer for the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network at the Roslin Institute, where he was responsible for liaison between biopharma executives, investors, and academics.

Since mid-2018, Dr Haggarty-Weir has been running his own life science consulting firm, supervising a team of 5 consultants, focusing on business development for bioscience start-up companies and technical consulting for investors in biotechnology companies. More recently he became the co-founder and COO of SpectCell, an Edinburgh-based stem cell technology company.

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A certificate of attendance will be provided after the event.
We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 21 CPD points.

Professional Registers

This course supports registers competencies and has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci).
Competency area:
  • Application of knowledge and understanding


Members - £100 + VAT
Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £130 + VAT
Non-members - £200 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.


For further information about this course please contact our Training and Development Officer at or on 020 3925 3453.


Unfortunately, the Royal Society of Biology is unable to offer refunds on training courses that have been attended. We do, of course, welcome and encourage any feedback from a course and will continue to improve the service we offer.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee prepaid travel will be compensated.

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