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The Pharma & Biopharm Mini-MBA

12 - 16 October 2020

Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton, London

This hands-on Mini-MBA programme will help you develop the key skills needed to navigate the ever-changing (bio) pharmaceutical industry. Designed for management, leaders of projects and professionals seeking to advance their career in life sciences, this course will provide you with the platform to grow and develop. Over 5 days you will focus on 5 key areas including pharma business strategy, change management, financial strategy, marketing approaches and relationship management.

5 experts with over 100 years of experience between them

With an unrivalled combined experience of over 100 years, our expert faculty bring to the table wide-ranging expertise from across the pharmaceutical industry. Each day of the pharma Mini-MBA features a different course leader with a different specialism. During this course they will share their consulting and business experience, revealing vital insights gained from working with the world’s most prestigious international corporations on a wide range of pharmaceutical products. There will also be time for Q&As so you can discuss the content and challenges you are facing with the experts.

Put your skills into practice through a continuous case study

Alongside your peers you will explore real-life examples of the challenges faced by pharma leaders in today’s market and embark on a continuous case study, to enable you to put into practise the skills and frameworks you have learned each day. The continuous case study is based on a realistic model of a pharmaceutical company - in your group you will be required to map out its strategic direction, make key decisions to ultimately ensure the commercial success of the business.

Fast track your career in life sciences

Armed with the skills you’ve learned on the Pharma & Biopharm Mini-MBA, you will be equipped to take a more strategic, commercial and practical approach to your day to day role. In just 5 days you will learn how to become a more effective leader and discover how to advance your career in this competitive and ever-changing industry.

The 5 days of the programme will cover:

·         Pharmaceutical business strategy and strategic thinking

·         Leading and managing strategic change

·         Business, commercial and financial skills

·         Pharmaceutical marketing

·         Controlling and managing complex commercial relationships

For a complete overview of the programme download the course brochure.

  • Employ winning strategies and strategic thinking
  • Build high performance teams with enhanced leadership skills
  • Improve business, commercial and financial skills for greater returns on investment
  • Explore competitive marketing strategies for better margins, profits and revenues
  • Control and manage complex commercial relationships to optimise results

As a delegate of the Pharma & Biopharm Mini-MBA you will be enrolled onto our VLE where you will get access to materials to support your preparation pre-event and revision of concepts post-event.

Through this platform you will be able to access pre-reading materials, trainer videos and an interactive forum for you to engage with the trainer and your peers.

Day 1: Change Management

Roger Holdsworth

Roger Holdsworth has over 20 years’ experience in senior management in the biopharmaceutical industry, starting in R&D project management and moving on to alliance and portfolio management. Over this period, he has been involved in a broad range of development activities both from the R&D and commercial point of view.                                                                                       

For the past ten years, he has held senior posts in portfolio management, beginning with the setup of the portfolio analysis and management system in Celltech. His role continued following the acquisition of Celltech by the Belgian Pharmaceutical company UCB in 2004. From that time until the end of 2010, he was Director of R&D Portfolio Management. He carried out the evaluation of a broad portfolio of chemical and biological entities in the CNS and Immunology therapeutic areas. Roger provided decision support relating to late phase development to the most senior management groups within the company.

Following his retirement from UCB, he has maintained an active interest in the industry and its progress.

Before moving into portfolio management, he was a senior project leader at Celltech organisation where he led a number of development alliances with international pharmaceutical companies.


Day 2: Strategy

Dr Laura Brown 

Laura is Chairman of an International Pharmaceutical Management Consultancy, Course Director and Lecturer for the MSc in Clinical Research at the University of Cardiff, and is also Course Director for the MSc in Regulatory Affairs, TOPRA and University of Hertfordshire. Laura developed the first Pharma mini-MBA course almost 20 years ago. She has also worked as an Associate with Cranfield School of Management on several courses including the Leadership module of the MBA programme and Strategic Thinking courses.

Laura has extensive experience in senior management roles in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked for several pharmaceutical companies including GSK, Hoeschst Marion Roussell and Phoenix International and consulted internationally with numerous pharmaceutical companies in the EU, US, Singapore, China and India.


 Day 3: Marketing

Jan Flynn, BSc MBA

Jan is currently the Marketing Manager for Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years for companies including Glaxo SmithKline, Schering-Plough, LIG, Knoll and running her own consultancy.  She has worked in toxicology, regulatory affairs, sales, international marketing, medical copywriting and advertising.   This has given her a wide background of experience and during her career she worked on most drug categories as well as many medical devices.

Jan has a degree in Biochemistry and Toxicology, an MBA, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. 


Day 4: Finance

Andre Lanser ACA

Andre is a consulting trainer as well as a corporate finance practitioner. He has delivered courses for banks around the world in the areas of Credit, Corporate Finance, Valuation and Financial Modelling.

Andre qualified as a Chartered Accountant, completing articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He started his career with a subsidiary of Commercial Union, involved in the steel manufacturing industry. His experience ranged from systems implementation, credit assessment of the highly risky construction industry customers, heading up the finance functions to successfully turning the business around and then selling the company through a trade sale.  He later joined Commercial Union in the investment back-office function, reengineering the investment back office and later headed-up a team who implemented a new investment management system for both the back office and the front office. 

His career then spanned over 12 years in the Venture Capital and Private Equity arena, where he has gained a vast amount of experience in the corporate analysis and valuation field.

He is a specialist in developing and training finance related courses, including corporate credit related topics, credit analysis and cash flow analysis with a special focus on the banking sector, derivatives, and financial modelling courses. His training experience spans a period of more than 15 years.


Day 5: Relationships

John Faulkes

John began his career as a scientist in the Wellcome Foundation (now GSK). He moved after some years to a new career in training/HR, first as a trainer and eventually as a Learning and Development Business Partner. He left to become a consultant in the 1990's, working as a freelancer running team building sessions, personal skills courses and doing instructional design and coordination.

In 2001 he co-founded PPLMD Ltd, which specialises in enhancing collaborative working in the Pharma, Biotech and related service industries. John and his partner have created an educational program, 'Molecules to Markets', that helps companies to build knowledge of how the pharma business operates. They also provide project management consulting, team/leader coaching and training, particularly for the Biotech sector. In addition, they help pharma companies to manage alliances more effectively. John has developed several innovative measurement tools including a ‘relationship health’ questionnaire and a 'culture match' questionnaire. PPLMD Ltd are the preferred suppliers to the London-Cambridge based cluster One Nucleus, and are on the Exec committee of the PIPMG (Pharmaceutical Industry Project Management Group). John is also a founder member of ‘The Collaboration Project’ – a network for project, outsourcing and alliance managers.


This interactive programme is ideal for:

  • Managers who have influence across functional areas and who cope with ambiguous or difficult situations.
  • Those who are leading major projects or change within their organisations – either now or in the future.
  • Directors and VPs who require a short intensive time away from day-to-day pressures to think strategically about their business.
  • Functional support specialists and scientists who are either being promoted into a broader business role or who need to start developing a wider organisation perspective.

We're looking forward to welcoming our attendees and expert course leaders at The Pharma & Biopharm Mini-MBA in London in May.

Our number one priority is the safety of our delegates and colleagues, and there are always measures in place at our venues to safeguard your health and safety. There are extra measures in place for 2020 in light of developments with COVID-19.

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Engaging in Continuing Professional Development ensures that both academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated or obsolete; allowing individuals to continually ‘up skill’ or ‘re-skill’ themselves, regardless of occupation, age or educational level. This course has been assessed and is CPD certified.

About the Pharma & Biopharm Mini-MBA

Learn more about the PTI Pharma & Biopharm Mini-MBA from the course leader for Day 4 on business, commercial and financial skills.

Day 5 of the Mini-MBA

Find out more about what this day of the course involves from the course leader John Faulkes.

Alumni testimonials

The practical exercises made you think and helped to consolidate knowledge.

Head of Client Management, Sartorius Stedim

I chose this course to get a broader view on business operations beyond my daily R&D activities. Enjoyed team work and case studies.

Head of Research Platfom, Sanofi Pasteur

The exercises were helpful for putting knowledge into practice."

Bioanalytical Laboratory Assistant, AOCT


Nice programme, day 4 and 5 were very useful! A lot of tools to be implemented in daily work life!

Physico-Chemical Characterization Lab Manager,  Merck Company

I'm building a new team in my company, so I have to look at different aspects of managing teams and implementing changes. Really enjoyed the financial skills module and meeting different types of people!

Senior Medical Manager, ABBVIE

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