Management of Biotech, Medtech & Pharma Ventures

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)

Led by top European Professors and Executives from Industry, this Certificate of Advanced Studies aims at increasing managerial competences and raising competitive advantage in the Life Sciences.

The Certificate is based around the modules below, which address key managerial issues within the Life Sciences.


Each module consists of 3 full class days (Tuesday -Thursday), in person at the EPFL campus, along with pre-course and post-course work. Participants can choose to follow the whole program or select the modules they have an interest in.

A Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) is granted upon successful
completion of at least 5 modules

Strategic Alliances, Partnerships & Outsourcing

Jan 19-21, 2021

Enterprises in life sciences require considerable resources. Alliances, partnerships or outsourcing are often required for success. This module provides a framework to select partners; to identify the appropriate form of partnership (joint-venture, alliance or outsourcing) and to implement it.

Managing Data for Value in Life Sciences

Feb 9-11, 2021

Understanding the challenges and opportunities in data and the strategies around data are highly important in domain such as medical devices, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and generic pharma. This module will address strategic issues of how to approach opportunities with data at the heart and how projects are created, managed and delivered with value in different systems.

Intellectual Property Management in the Life Sciences

Mar 2-4, 2021

International intellectual property protection issues and strategies are highly important in domain such as medical devices, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and generics. Strategic issues of IP and how patent, trademark, etc. are created, managed and enforced will be addressed.

Clinical Trial Management & Regulatory Affairs

March 23-25, 2021

Getting the authorizations and approvals for new medicines and devices is critical. The module will address how to manage and carry out clinical trials, while respecting the legislative framework. It covers good practices management and the regulations applying to medical devices & therapeutics.

Marketing in Life Sciences

April 13-15, 2021

The key challenge in life sciences sector is to grow the business in increasingly competitive & global markets. With this module you will grasp the global market environment (customers, competitors, channels); improve your command of concepts & methods to design/ implement marketing strategies.

Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP)

May 4-6, 2021

Manufacturing facilities occupy a growing share of an enterprise’s strategic horizon. Planning, design, construction, qualification, validation and operation are key steps to deliver a production facility. Quality systems, GMP and their impact on Medtech and Biotech new process validation will be addressed.

Project Management

June 1-3, 2021

The development of new devices and medicines is a long process. A thorough planning of different steps/ milestones of the project is key for reaching success. You will learn how to give project solid foundations, with due considerations for stakeholders, precise objectives and key success factors.

Tuition Fee

The fee for the CAS (5 modules) is CHF 11’500
Itemised fee for individual modules is outlined in the FAQs.

Admission Requirements

A University Degree & Fluency in English

Applications and Registrations

All applications for the CAS or individual modules should be done online. See the FAQs for required documents, then apply online:

Apply for the Certificate of Advanced Studies (5-7 modules)

Apply for one or more individual modules (1-4 modules)

Our most common questions are listed below, however feel free to get in touch at [email protected] if you have further questions.

COVID-19 Notice
The program is fully operational and is ready to adapt it’s delivery method as needed, in line with the directives set by EPFL. We are continuing to accept and process applications in our normal, timely manner. For any specific questions regarding the mode of delivery of classes in view of the Covid-19 situation, please contact us at [email protected]


Per Module
CHF 2’450
2 Modules
CHF 4’800
3 Modules
CHF 7’150
4 Modules
CHF 9’500
5 Modules (minimum to obtain the CAS)
CHF 11’500
6 Modules
CHF 13’400
7 Modules
CHF 14’900

Although it is possible to take the CAS over two years, the progressive pricing as stated above is only applicable if the full amount is paid in the first year, by June 30th

A minimum of 5 modules must be successfully completed in order to obtain the CAS. 

  • Each module consists of 3 days of live classes
  • These are consecutive Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Class days start at 9h15 and finish at 17h45
  • Each module includes pre- and post-course work

A University Degree & Fluency in English

Follow the online application link below. You will need:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy & transcript for each degree
  • A scan of your passport
  • One passport photo (minimum 300 dpi .jpg file)

Online application:

You can start the CAS program from any module, and finish the remainder of the modules the following year.

Yes. You will receive a Letter of Attendance for each completed module. You need to successfully complete 5 modules to gain a CAS.