Course syllabus for

Product Development in Life Sciences, 11 credits

Produktutveckling inom life science, 11 hp
This course syllabus is valid from spring 2024.
Please note that the course syllabus is available in the following versions:
Spring2021 , Spring2022 , Spring2023 , Spring2024
Course code
Course name
Product Development in Life Sciences
11 credits
Form of Education
Higher Education, study regulation 2007
Main field of study 
AV - Second cycle 
Grading scale
Fail (U), pass (G) or pass with distinction (VG)
Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics
Decided by
Utbildningsnämnden LIME
Decision date
Revised by
Education committee LIME
Last revision
Course syllabus valid from
Spring 2024

Specific entry requirements

At least the grade Pass for the courses "Theory in Bioentrepreneurship" and "Communication in Bioentrepreneurship 1" within the Master's programme in Bioentrepreneurship.


This course aims to introduce the students to the product development process in the life science sector where 'product' refers to technologies including pharmaceuticals/biotechnology  medical technology and digital health.

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate the basics of product development in the life science sector,
  • relate product innovations to economic and technological aspects,
  • account for the quality of systems and standards used in product development,
  • account for different reimbursement systems' importance for pricing and the importance of acknowledging these aspects at early phases of product planning,

  • analyse how the product development process differs between pharmaceuticals and medical devices,
  • carry out advanced tasks within specified time limits,

  • evaluate product-related risks and clearly describe and argue for the role of national as well as international regulatory bodies in influencing product development,
  • assess and compare different types of intellectual property and patent strategies as well as perform basic intellectual property analyses,
  • account for the ethical issues that might arise during the product development process. 


This course deals with the process of product development in the life science sector. Emphasis is put on the legal and regulatory frameworks of product development. This includes patents and other forms of protection of intellectual property rights and the national and international regulatory frameworks assuring product quality and patient safety.

Context of product development, 5.0 hp

Grading scale: VU

The component will among other things cover the following content: 

  • The product development process for pharmaceuticals and medical devices 
  • Technological tools and methods used in Life Science product development 
  • Cost-effectiveness requirements, evidence and reimbursement in relation to product development 
  • Regulatory requirements in relation to the product development process 
  • Ethical considerations in product development 

Product development project, 6.0 hp

Grading scale: VU

This component will among other things cover the following content: 

  • Introduction to product development 
  • The Stanford Biodesign process 
  • The product development process in selected fields of MedTechthe Life Science sector 
  • Intellectual Property Rights 
  • The regulatory process for medical devices 
  • Business Model Canvas 

Teaching methods

The course will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops as well as case and project work.

The course is given at the master's level, where the students are assumed to be familiar with the most common study methods in higher education. The fundamental pedagogical view is based on entrepreneurial learning and requires active student participation.


The examination of Component 1 (Context for product development) consists of 

  • a case essay (Fail/Pass),
  • a written examination (Fail/Pass/Pass with distinction)

The examination of Component 2 (Product development project) consists of 

  • a project report from a  team work (Fail/Pass), 
  • opposition on another team project (Fail/Pass),
  • an individual reflection (Fail/Pass/Pass with distinction),

To get the grade "Pass" on the entire course, the student needs to get the grade "Pass" on all examinations in both components. To get a "Pass with distinction" on the entire course, the student needs to get the grade "Pass with distinction" on the written exam in component 1 as well as on the individual reflection in component 2, and the grade "Pass" on all other examinations. Submission of written examinations after the deadline will result in the student missing the chance to get the grade "Pass with distinction".

Compulsory participation
The examiner assesses if and how absence from compulsory parts can be compensated. Before the student has participated in compulsory parts or compensated absence in accordance with the course examiner's the student's course results will not be reported. Absence from a compulsory part may result in the student having to wait to compensate until the next time the course is given.

Limited number of examinations
Students who have not passed the regular examination are entitled to participate in five more examinations. If the student has not passed the exam after four participations, the student is encouraged to visit the study advisor. If the student has failed six examinations/tests, no additional examination or new admission is provided.

The number of times that the student has participated in one and the same examination is regarded as an examination session.
Submission of a blank examination is regarded as an examination session. An examination for which the student registered but not participated in, will not be counted as an examination.

If there are special grounds, or a need for adaptation for a student with a disability, the examiner may decide to deviate from the syllabus's regulations on the examination form, the number of examination opportunities,  the possibility of supplementation or exemptions from the compulsory section/s of the course etc. Content and learning outcomes as well as the level of expected skills, knowledge and abilities may not be changed, removed or reduced.

Transitional provisions

​Examination will be provided during a time of two years after a possible cancellation of the course. Examination can take place according to an earlier literature list during a time of one year after the date when a major renewal of the literature list has been made.

Other directives

Course evaluation is carried out according to the guidelines that are established by The Committee for Higher Education.

The course is given in English.

Literature and other teaching aids

Mandatory literature

Yock, Paul G. Biodesign : the process of innovating medical technologies
Drug discovery and development : technology in transition Hill, Raymond G.; Richards, Duncan B.