Graduates with degrees in pharmacology, engineering, and the life sciences are finding a challenging and changing landscape when it comes to their careers. Companies are increasingly searching for people who are not only strong technically, but can also understand, lead, and manage different business functions. This requires a broad skillset and a practical mentality, which is becoming harder and harder to find.
The people who enter this program come with a scientific background and have already completed advanced degrees (PhD, PharmD, MD and MSc in biological and chemical sciences). This program allows the participants to develop real-world business skills, develop professional networks, and exchange with senior business professionals who have deep industry experience.
- To master and understand how the forces driving science, technology, and business interact in the real world to influence decisions.
- To gain practical knowledge and skills in biotechnology management to become more valuable to employers, enhance their career prospects, and develop their core competencies.
- To become highly qualified managers capable of analyzing and appreciating the relationships between technology and productivity along the value chain of the organization.
- To develop key analytical thought processes to not just understand the complexities of current situations and challenges, but also how to apply those results in unfamiliar and new circumstances, regardless of what the future may bring.
- As participants in the program come from around the globe, it is essential to learn how to work in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural setting where English is the primary language.
Grenoble Ecole de Management has built its reputation through the education of the world’s most creative, talented and ambitious individuals for the nano / biotechnology and high technology industries.
Grenoble Ecole de Management has been offering the Advanced Master in Biotechnology Management since 2002, and since 2009 100% of the classes have been given in English. Since its inception, the school has offered an industry-focused program that is truly interdisciplinary in nature. We designed our curriculum and course offerings by talking to managers and directors in the life sciences industry to determine the skills needed for the future careers of our students.
We believe in a generalist education approach where students take a broad range of different courses to ensure that they are well rounded and have all the skills necessary for the future. This approach allows participants to have a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving inside a business, which gives them a perspective that is very much in demand. A generalist, with an understanding of the interactions and issues between different business functions, will often see deeper and find solutions that a specialist might not be able to see.
Alternating Work / Academic Study
Duration: 15 months (October 2020 – December 2021)
Students sign a “professionalization contract”* with a company in France and alternate between working for their company and taking academic classes during the entire 15 months. The work / study schedule is provided by the school. This allows the student to gain valuable real-world work experience, while simultaneously using and applying what they learn in the classroom. The types of positions available will vary upon the needs of the companies and change each year.
- the tuition for the program is covered by the company, which greatly reduces the economic burden of being a student.
- highly sought after positions that can come with a competitive salary and any employer sponsored benefits that the company might offer (e.g., restaurant tickets, health insurance supplement, transportation reimbursement, etc.)
* This type of contract is open to students from the Schengen zone, or who meet certain eligibility requirements as defined by the French government, e.g., have previously studied in France and have a work visa. Candidates should inquire before submitting their application.
- Junior Product Manager, Market Access Trainee, Project Manager, Global Strategy Assistant, Competitive Intelligence Analyst, etc.
- Pfizer, Sanofi, Medtronic, BioMérieux, Servier, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, Roche, GSK, AbbVie, etc.
All courses are taught in English. The courses below are currently scheduled for the class of 2019-2020:
- Human Resources - Managing and Working in International Teams
- Marketing Basics
- Competitive Intelligence
- Negotiation Skills
- Organizational & Industrial Dynamics
- Corporate Strategy
- Supply Chain in the Pharmaceutical Sector
- Corporate Finance and Investment Decisions
- Management of Technology and Innovation
- Market Access
- Health Economics
- Capital Markets and the Biotechnology Sector
- Business Development in Biotechnology Sector
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- Pharmaceutical Marketing
- Project Management
Given as indicative of the program. Non-contractual document
In teams of three, the program participants work on a real-world innovative project. Many projects are sponsored by Alumni of the program and they can highlight the current challenges and decisions facing managers and business leaders.
The subject matter of the projects will vary and often the participants will have the opportunity to choose amongst the projects presented. Usually the participants will work on a feasibility study and market analysis of a subject matter for a period of several months. They develop industry contacts and make full use of professional networking opportunities to learn more about their chosen projects. The objective of the simulation is to underscore the relationships among the business functions as well as develop an appreciation of the complexities and challenges of strategic management.
Graduates will be able to analyze and appreciate the relationships between technology and productivity as well as business opportunities along the value chain of the organization within a context of dynamic and uncertain environment. They should be prepared to challenge the conventional assumptions and paradigms while actively seeking new technologies and strategies to strengthen the value creating and competitive processes within their organizations.
The program has historically taken a study abroad trip for one week to learn more about Biotechnology from an international perspective and to explore different regional strengths and weaknesses. Destinations have varied and in previous years the program has gone to Cambridge, England and Seoul, South Korea. The class of 2018-2019 went to Helsinki, Finland.
The cost of the trip is included in the tuition of the program.
The professional thesis is the last step towards graduating. It is not an internship report, nor a PhD dissertation. Instead, it allows the participant the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of a business competency, while working with primary data, to make concrete business recommendations on a subject of their choosing. While an academic requirement, its real purpose is to help the candidate secure their next position in the professional world by giving them an area of expertise.
The educational background of our classes will vary from year to year. However, what does not vary is that our participants have diverse backgrounds and skillsets, where no single group dominates the class. We believe this creates a more stimulating learning environment (especially during group projects) and simulates the real-world environment that participants will shortly find themselves in as they start to work in multinational corporations.
The international background of our classes will also vary from year to year. Over the last five years, the percentage of international students from outside France has varied from 8% to as much as 24%. As our classes are given 100% in English, we usually have a certain number of participants who do not speak any French when they arrive. This forces everyone to use English as their de facto working language and allows participants to improve their already formidable English language skills to become truly fluent and master the language.
The class of 2017-2018 was 56% female and 44% male.
Employment Statistics based on a survey for the class of 2017-2018
Employment within 4 months : 89%
Jobs with international projects: 88%
Annual salary with bonus after graduation: < 40k : 12% | 40k€-50k€: 47% | >50 : 41
The average annual salary for all of our students is 52,100€, with roughly 25% of the class taking a position outside of France with a “Volunteer for International Experience” contract (VIE) where the salaries can be significantly higher, e.g., United States of America, United Kingdom, South Korea, etc. An additional 18% of the class took positions outside of France, e.g., Switzerland, Belgium, Czech Republic, etc. but did not require a “Volunteer for International Experience” contract (VIE). The average annual salary for our students who took positions in France was 49,300€.
59% of our students found a position before the end of the program, while 89% of our students found a position less than four months after graduating.
We believe these results are a combination of two factors:
- Employers value the work experience gained through a “professionalization contract,” which can last for up to 15 months, versus the experience gained through an internship, which can only last for up to 6 months.
- Grenoble Ecole de Management has an excellent reputation, in France and internationally, that gives our graduates a competitive advantage in the job market.
We invite you to compare these employment statistics with those of other international programs offering a similar education.
Graduates of this program are qualified for a wide range of positions with scientific research firms, medical device companies, and pharmaceutical companies. They can advance an existing career or transition to new opportunities in the life sciences industry. While not an exhaustive list, below are the titles and companies that the class of 2017-2018 took upon graduating:
- Associate Product Marketing Manager
- Brand Manager
- Business Developer, Business Developer – North America
- Business Development Manager
- Business intelligence and Strategic Projects Associate
- Corporate Strategic Intelligence Manager
- Equity Research Analyst
- Global Field Based Medical Excellence Associate
- Global Medical Product Manager
- Innovation Project Manager
- Junior Product Manager
- Marketing Analyst
- Marketing Manager
- Medical Manager
- Product Manager
- Product Owner
- Quality Assurance Specialist
- Sales Force Effectiveness / Digital Marketing Associate
- Sales Representative
- Strategy Analyst & Associate Chief of Staff
- Strategy Associate Consultant
- Supervisor – Vaccine Formulation
- Azelis France
- BPI France
- Cerba Xpert
- Portzamparc Société de Bourse - Groupe BNP
- PPRS Research
- Quadrant Healthcare Consulting
- Roche Diagnostics
- Sanofi Genzyme
- Sanofi Pasteur
This program accommodates individuals with both technical (MSc, PharmD, PhD) and non technical Bachelor’s degrees (with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience) who are seeking graduate education to advance into managerial and leadership roles in the life science-based economy. It is also designed for or entrepreneurs willing to develop and manage technological and business opportunities.
To apply for this program, candidates must complete the online application and include scanned copies of all original supporting documents in English or French (or certified translation if in another language). This program is open to the following profiles:
- Diploma Bachelor-Level + 3 years of professional experience
- PharmD, MSc and PhDs with no prior work experience
- Working professionals who have already obtained the above credentials, but who wish to re-orientate their careers to include business training.
All other applications would be accepted at the discretion of the admissions committee.
Validation date for the online application file in order to apply to the corresponding recruitment session
14/01/2020 12 a.m. 28/01/2020 17/03/2020 12 a.m. 31/03/2020 17/04/2020 12 a.m. 12/05/2020 12/06/2020 12 a.m. 30/06/2020 10/09/2020 12 a.m. 10/09/2020
Admission is subject to the number of available places. The number of participants will be limited, and students will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. We highly recommend that all candidates apply early to reserve their position. This is especially true if you are pursuing the Alternating Work / Academic Study format of the program as early admission will give you more time to find a position that matches your long-term career goals.
To ensure that this program is the right fit for you, candidates are required to participate in an interview with the Program Director, or other members of the admission committee. It is preferable to have an in-person face-to-face interview, but if this is not possible a video conference can be arranged. In this case, it is highly recommended that you find a reliable internet connection.
In addition, it is possible that an interview with a member of our Alumni network may be scheduled, depending upon availability. This interview will allow the Alumni to give their opinion of the student’s candidacy, and that opinion will then be shared with the admission committee. Therefore, candidates are advised to treat the Alumni interview with respect as it can be an important factor in the admission process. The above notwithstanding, the Alumni interview also allows the student to ask questions about the program and gain the perspective of a former student.
You will be notified for one of the scheduled interview sessions between January and June.
Visa requirements may apply to International Students in order to study or work in the country. All international students are expected to verify requirements with their local French consulate and plan accordingly. Grenoble Ecole de Management has no influence over this process. For more information, please download the relevant student guide.