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New Masters Programme in UCC: MSc in Entrepreneurial Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology (MESBB)

8 Jul 2016

A new Masters Programme in Entrepreneurial Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology (MESBB) has just been launched in UCC.

Synthetic Biology offers unprecedented opportunities to design, innovate, build and engineer products of commercial value in the biotechnology sector. The Masters in Entrepreneurial Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology (MESBB) is a 1-year research programme providing entrepreneurial students with a unique opportunity in biotechnology, namely to identify an innovative biotechnological product that can be generated using synthetic biology approaches and b) to design and implement a research plan to generate a prototype of the identified product for commercialisation purposes.

The initial phase (months 1-2) of the MESBB will be focused on identifying and developing a potential product idea, carrying out a market feasibility study for the product, designing a synthetic biology approach to develop the product, and assessing the technical feasibility of the technology.

The initial phase will culminate in a pitch to the course board to enable progression to the design and implementation stage using modern synthetic biology methods. The course board will be comprised of senior personnel with advanced expertise in scientific and commercial evaluation of biotechnology products.

The implementation stage (month 2-10) will be aimed at research and development leading to production of a prototype encapsulating the product idea and enabling preliminary testing and / or evaluation.

Month 11 will be dedicated to writing a Masters thesis on the research and development of the product. Month 12 will be dedicated to production of an evaluation report on commercial aspects relating to the product and will be incorporated into the thesis. The final stage will be an exit presentation to the course board including a detailed road map for commercialisation of the product.

Students will attend high intensity workshops throughout the course on key areas including


-intellectual property


-partnerships, networks and strategic alliances.

Each student will be assigned a scientific and entrepreneurship mentor to facilitate their progression through the programme.

Further information about the MSC is available from the Postgraduate Courses section of the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology website.


School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

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University College Cork