2017 Biomedical Technology and Social System I

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Graduate major in Technology and Innovation Management
Sengoku Shintaro 
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Course description and aims

The biohealthcare industry currently forms a huge market with a wide range of fields and spreads across academic, industry and public sectors.
This lecture course provides the overview of the biohealthcare industry, facilitates discussion on the perspective of strategic planning, R&D and management of related technology elements, and encourages practical learning from representative business cases.

Student learning outcomes

This lecture series aims to provide the overview of biohealthcare industry for corrective understanding of industry structure and dynamics, issues and persiectives.


Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and medical products, regenerative medicine, industry structure, corporate management, ecosystem.

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each industry topic has two classes. The part 1 provides the overview and dynamics of the industry of topic to nurture basic understanding and to discuss current issues and perspectives. The part 2 consists of a case study on firms of interest or a guest lecture by industry experts to discuss implications from the MOT and innovation management viewpoints.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction None
Class 2 Pharmaceutical products: part 1 The overview and dynamics of the industry
Class 3 Pharmaceutical products: part 2 Cases studies of the industry
Class 4 Medical devices: part 1 The overview and dynamics of the industry
Class 5 Medical devices: part 2 Cases studies of the industry
Class 6 Regenerative medicine, cell & gene therapy: part 1 The overview and dynamics of the industry
Class 7 Regenerative medicine, cell & gene therapy: part 2 Cases studies of the industry
Class 8 General discussion None


To be circulated via OCW-I before each class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be provided in every class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Physical attendance, proactive participation in the lectures and the performance of case study practices are considered. Details are to be informed of in the first lecture.

Related courses

  • TIM.C515 : Biomedical Technology and Social System II

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Not required, but taking 'Biomedical Technology and Social System II' (TIM.C515) is desired.


This lecture plan is a model case. Please check the lecture schedule of each academic year.

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