RVC in conjunction with the I.M.Sechenov First MGMU will develop a specialized course on technological entrepreneurship for inclusion in the educational programs of medical and classical universities. The students of the course will learn to develop their own projects and work on the commercialisation of technologies in the field of medicine, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.
The biotechnology and digital healthcare segment is one of the fastest growing markets, however it places particular demands on the professionalism of teams. The cycle of development of core projects takes significantly longer than in IT or industry. In addition, biotechnology is notable for the high cost of research, the need for multiphase clinical trials of drugs and medical devices. In 2018, deals in the biotech segment accounted for only 3.3% of the total venture capital market in Russia. The introduction of the RVC course will expand the number of potential projects in this area.
The course will be practical. During the training, students, masters, graduate students will work in a team on an entrepreneurial project and study real examples from the industry. The training materials will include video lectures by leading industry experts, which can then be used for online training.
The course will be tested in the spring semester of 2019–20 academic year at the Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, then he will be replicated to other universities. St. Petersburg State University of Chemical Pharmaceuticals, Samara State Medical University, and Novgorod State University have already showed interest in the introduction of the course.
Representatives of the pharmaceutical industry and government regulators are also involved in the course development process. The purpose of this involvement is the maximum practicality of educational content. Industry experts can act as guest speakers or as mentors for specific projects.
In 2018, RVC jointly with Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov and ITMO University developed a training course "Innovative Economics and Technological Entrepreneurship." The course has been introduced into the programs of more than 50 universities in 32 regions of Russia.