BioBusiness and Innovation Platform (BBIP)

BioBusiness and Innovation Platform – BBIP

BBIP is a platform for learning the skills required to translate life science into entrepreneurship and business. The learning opportunities offered from this platform include a master’s degree, single courses at master’s and PhD levels, and a minor consisting of three key courses from the master’s program.

All learning from the platform of BBIP is based on four principles:

  • building skills to boost the career potentials of our students, enabling them to offer significant contributions to bio-based entrepreneurship and new business in Denmark and abroad
  • focusing on bioscience regarding its specific challenges of commercialisation
  • collaborating closely with the Danish bio-industry (pharma, industrial bio and related segments) in targeting, developing, and carrying out teaching
  • creating a truly international learning environment in terms of student intake,  faculty, core topics and study experience

BBIP offers Denmark's first university degree and academic courses bridging business and biotech.  BBIP is a cooperation between Copenhagen Business School (CBS), The Technical University of Denmark (DTU Systems Biology) and University of Copenhagen (KU). In BBIP the three universities work closely together with leading life science firms in Denmark.

Advisory Board

BBIP’s Advisory Board is responsible for the development and implementation of all our teaching and study activities.

The members are:


  • Thomas Rasmussen (Manager, Biofuel R&D, Novozymes)
  • Peter Aksel Villadsen (Head of Global Patient Engagement, LEO Pharma)
  • Carl Bilbo (Corporate Vice President, New Product Planning, Operations, Novo Nordisk)
  • Peter Faaborg-Andersen (Manager, Strategy & Business Development, Novozymes)
  • David Solomon (CEO, Zealand Pharmaceutical)
  • Egon Bech Hansen (Head of Department, DTU Systems Biology)
  • Hanne Jarmer (Associate professor, DTU Systems Biology)
  • Claus B. Jørgensen (Ass. professor, Department of Basic Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Copenhagen)
  • Anja Thoe Fuglsang (Head of Studies, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, University of Copenhagen)
  • Peter Ulvskov ( Professor, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, University of Copenhagen)


Degrees and courses offered by BBIP

Master in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship (open for students with a bachelor degree in biology/biotechnology)

BBIP Entrepreneurship Project (master level): Bio- and business master students collaborate on projects to develop a business plan for a bio-startup

BBIP PhD project: Bio PhD students collaborate with business students to develop a business plan for an innovation emerging from the research environment of the bio PhD student (this course is under development)

Minor in Bioentrepreneurship: a concentration of three courses from the master’s program (open for business master students)

Elective courses (open for business master students)


BBIP Faculty

The BBIP faculty includes both academic staff from CBS and experts from industry. Here you find BBIP faculty for each of BBIP’s  five business courses: 

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy in BioBusiness
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Academic Faculty

Keld Laursen
Course Coordinator
Professor at CBS

Toke Reichstein           
Professor at CBS
Module on Start-ups, Innovation and Alliances

Michael Hopkins
Senior Lecturer (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, Business and Management)  
Workshop on Innovation and business in small biotech and their relationship to Pharma

Karin Beukel
Assistant Professor at University of Copenhagen
Modules on Strategizing and Intellectual Property

Finn Valentin
Director of the BBIP Program and Professor at CBS
Module on The Industry of Industrial Biotech

Industry Faculty

Frank Hatzack
Head of Innovation Development at Novozymes
Module on The industry of industrial biotech

Stephan Christgau
Investment Director at Novo Seeds
Workshop on Strategy and the Entrepreneurial firm  

Palle Høy Jakobsen
Managing Director, Scandinavian CoLocation Center of EIT-Health (European Institute of Technology-Health)
Workshop on accessing opportunities from academic science

Peter Koefoed
European Patent Attorney with a background in medicine and human biology. CEO and founding partner at Inspicos A/S
Module on Strategy and Intellectual Property Rights

Bio Markets 
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Academic Faculty

Jens Geersbro
Course Coordinator
Associate Professor at CBS

Sjoerd Haasl
Director of Clinical Innovation Fellowships at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Workshop on Needs Discovery

Industry Faculty

Lars Bukhave
Senior Director at LEO Pharma, Head of the corporate thrombosis commercial area.
Module on Marketing at LEO Pharma

Inger Mollerup
Vice President, Regulatory affairs at Novo Nordisk A/S
Module on Regulatory affairs

Governance, Control and Contracts in BioBuisness
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Academic Faculty

Sof Thrane
Course Coordinator
Associate Professor at CBS

Aleksandra Gregoric
Associate Professor at CBS
Modules on Governance, Control and Contracts

Bjørn Lundqvist
Associate Professor at CBS
Modules on Commercial relationships within the Biotech industry - basic concepts and principles for the industry relevant contracts

Industry Faculty

Thea Wulff Olesen
Management and legal counsellor at Virksomhedspleje and former CEO of BioPorto Diagnostics A/S
Workshop on Negotiations, simulation game

Maj Britt Kaltoft
Vice President Corporate Alliance Management at Novo Nordisk
Module on Alliance Management and external collaborations

Thomas Rasmussen
Senior Strategy Manager, Food Marketing at Novozymes A/S
Module on Business Development
Finance, Accounting and Valuation in BioBusiness

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Academic Faculty

Johannes Mouritsen
Program Coordinator
Docent at CBS

Carsten Kyhnauv
Auditing chief at the Ministry of Defense and external lecturer at Copenhagen Business School
Modules on Valuation

Industry Faculty

Carl Bilbo
Corporate Vice President at Novo Nordisk
Module on Valuations


The BBIP Entrepreneurship Project Course

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Academic Faculty

Valentin Lubbe
Course Coordinator

Jörg Claussen
Assistant Professor at CBS
Module on Strategies and Business Models

Federico De Masi
Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark
Module on the Science Case of inventions and Product Coaching

Claus B. Jørgensen
Professor MSO, University of Copenhagen
Module on the Science Case of inventions and Product Coaching

Peter Ulvskov
Professor MSO at Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology at University of Copenhagen
Module on the Science Case of inventions and Product Coaching

Industry Faculty

Pernille Winding Gojkovic
Partner and European Patent Attorney at Høiberg A/S
IPR Coaching

Casper Hansen
CEO at Pcovery, Adenium Biotech ApS
Module on Strategies and Business models

Morten Heide
Partner and Program Director, Accelerance BIO at Copenhagen Science Park
Module on Ideation and Business Coaching

Christian Schwenn Johansen
Partner and Accountant at Ernst & Young
Module on Analyzing Market Opportunities

Frank Knudsen
Director of Finance and Administration at Glycom A/S
Module on Financial Planning

Jens Viktor Nørgaard
Partner at Høiberg A/S
Module on IPR, Partnering and contracting
IPR Coaching

Søren Petersen
VP, Nomeco HealthCare Logistics
Module on Regulatory, Sales, Marketing and Distribution

Morten Rosted
Divisional Director, Corporate Patents and Trademarks at Lundbeck
Module on IPR, Patenting and Contracting



Endorsements from industry

“The BioBusiness and Innovation Program will definitely ease the competency gap around new business development within larger biotech companies. Entrepreneurship and the skill of translating biotech concepts into commercial terms are one of the most critical competencies being developed via Novozymes’ internal education programs as it will gear the organization at all levels to realize the economic potential of our technology platform.”
Thomas Lykke Sørensen, Front End Champion, Novozymes A/S

“Getting from innovation to cash is a difficult task that has been extensively studied by BCG. In order to be successful in the knowledge-driven biotech industry, entrepreneurs need to combine business smarts with an in-depth understanding of the underlying science. BCG is pleased to support the BioBusiness and Innovation Program, which will facilitate the process of converting innovations into successful business and cash.”
Bent Hansen, Partner and Managing Director, BCG Copenhagen

”BBIP is a great initiative to cover a great need in the biotech industry. In biotech you work with very knowledge intensive things, and the biotech companies only have limited number of employees. These employees therefore have to master technology and science on a very high level and at the same time have business know-how, to make sure that the company makes money. It therefore demands specific knowledge about the complex biotech industry to master it".
Kirsten Drejer, CEO, Symphogen


Industry partners



Sidst opdateret: Student Affairs // 13/11/2017