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Course unit
MEP9086219, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ME2193, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge BARBARA SIMIONATI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/09 Applied Technological Pharmaceutics 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 4.0 60 40.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge and concepts of molecular biology.
Interest / curiosity for the business and startup world.
Target skills and knowledge: This course explores the microbiome as a vast, new and exciting field in life science that
offers enormous opportunities to innovate, both in research and in business. In this context,
students will learn the essentials on the state of the art of the microbiome in research and in
business and the essential on how to do start-up, that is how to manage a research or an
entrepreneurial idea to transform it from a simple thought to a product or service. Modern
tools and approaches to design your own microbiome-based product or service will be
presented, discussed and put into practice, including business models and lean canvas,
business planning, gantt planning, lean startup, project financing (public funding and
crowdfunding) , approach to gender innovation.
In more detail:
1) general knowledge on the state of the art in the study of the microbiome
2) knowledge of technologies to study the microbiome
3) explore the scientific literature as a basis for the development of the idea
4) explore communication tools, time management, pitching, story telling, mind mapping
for the presentation of a project
5) development of business plans starting from an idea on the microbiome
Examination methods: Laboratory report and evaluation by classmates and teacher of both the report and the
Group discussion on a management topic chosen and developed through a ppt presentation
and evaluation by classmates and the teacher.
Development of a business plan with oral presentation and evaluation by classmates and
Final test on the topics covered.
Assessment criteria: Participation and commitment in the classroom, assessed on the basis of attendance.
Level of critical thinking of the student, judged on the basis of the results of peer reviews.
Group work skills, assessed according to the various projects to be carried out in groups.
Communication skills, verified based on oral presentations of projects.
Acquired knowledge, assessed on the basis of the final test and class work.
Course unit contents: Overview of the microbiome.
Innovative techniques for the study of the microbiome: next generation sequencing (NGS),
barcoding gene analysis and bioinformatics and biostatistics.
Management tools.
Methods for developing a project idea and business plan.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The startup ideas in pharmaceutical biotechnologies course includes the following parts:
1. Theoretical lessons and case studies (26 hours)
2. Presentations by students on specific subjects with peer assessment (8 hours)
3. Laboratory exercises (12 hours to be held within the first 3 weeks of the course)
4. Development of the business plan (18 hours)
The course includes numerous afternoons for both laboratory and team-work activities.
Attendance will be recorded.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The course material is provided by the teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Ed Yong, I contain multitudes. --: --, --.
  • David Mongomery and Anne Bikle, The hidden half of nature. --: --, --.
  • Pinson, Linda, Anatomy of a business plana step by step guide to building a business and securing your Company's future. Chicago: Dearborn, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ries, Eric, <<The >>lean startuphow today's entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businessEric Ries. New York: Currency, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Osterwalder, Alexander; Pigneur Yves, Business model generationa handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengerswritten by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. Hoboken: N.J., Wiley, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ash Maurya, Running Lean. --: --, --.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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