13 April 2015

Becoming a master in all things related to the bioeconomy

ESRC Innogen Centre laid the foundation for newly established Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences

In 2002, the ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (Innogen) was formed to study the evolution of genomics and life sciences and their far-reaching social and economic implications. As part of the ESRC Genomics Network, Innogen’s research provided a sound base for decision-making in science, industry, policy and public arenas related to the life sciences.

Building on this strong body of work, the ESRC Innogen Centre laid the foundation for the newly established Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences.

Launched in 2013, the Innogen Institute is a dynamic collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Open University that explores the social and economic impact of innovation in the life sciences.

Now at Innogen you can earn a Masters in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance (MSc BIG), an innovative and dynamic postgraduate qualification designed to meet the increasing demand for skilled people in the growing global bioeconomy.

The MSc BIG programme responds to the central challenges of the bioeconomy: 1) Developing sustainable innovation in a responsible manner; 2)Identifying and exploiting value throughout innovation ecosystems; and 3)Bringing new technologies to existing and emerging markets.

To meet these modern challenges, MSc BIG provides students with a dynamic set of competencies, skills and knowledge about life science innovation, as highly desired by prospective employers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Students also have the opportunity to conduct placement-based dissertations with organisations or companies that are involved in the bioeconomy.

Basic scientific knowledge and expertise is no longer sufficient for building a successful career in the growing bioeconomy. Therefore, MSc BIG provides a rich combination of theoretical perspectives on life science innovation with a practical focus on the dynamics of the bioeconomy and its value chains.

Visit here to learn more about the program.

Source: Biotechnology Industry Organization, press release, 2015-04-03.

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