MIT Biotechnology Group

Fall healthcare/biotech courses to check out!

Fall semester is almost upon us, and with it comes another opportunity to take a deep dive into a new subject. The breadth of course offerings at MIT can be a little intimidating, so we’ve put together a list of some exciting classes for the Fall that can help scratch your entrepreneurial biotech itch (mostly skewed toward graduate level courses and active learning labs). If your interests are a bit more broad and you like spreadsheets, we’ve also prepared a list of 170+ courses that involve biotech or healthcare to at least some degree. Some of these listings change, so make sure to check the MIT registrar for the most up to date class listings!


Please let us know if you’ve enjoyed the list or think we’ve missed anything at or @MITBiotechGroup. Happy class hunting!

Edit (8/30/2015): 10.53 was erroneously listed as beginning on November 9. The class actually begins on October 27, 2015. We apologize for the error.

HST.920[J] Principles and Practice of Drug Development

(Graduate, Fall)

(Same subject as 7.547[J], 10.547[J], 15.136[J], ESD.691[J])

Prereq: Permission of instructor

Units: 3-0-6


Lecture: R EVE (3-6 PM) (56-114)

Description and critical assessment of the major issues and stages of developing a pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical. Drug discovery, preclinical development, clinical investigation, manufacturing and regulatory issues considered for small and large molecules. Economic and financial considerations of the drug development process. Multidisciplinary perspective from faculty in clinical; life; and management sciences; as well as industry guests.

  1. J. Allen, C. L. Cooney, S. N. Finkelstein, A. J. Sinskey, G. K. Raju

No textbook information available


HST.973[J] Evaluating a Biomedical Business Concept

(Graduate, Fall)

(Same subject as 15.124[J])

Prereq: None

Units: 3-0-6

Lecture: W2.30-5.30 (E25-119)

Involves critical analysis of new biomedical business ideas. Inventors or principals of early stage companies present their ideas and provide background material including scientific papers and patents. Student teams interact with the companies, potential customers, other stakeholders and experts to develop a series of analyses concerning the critical issues. Company and student presentations supplemented by topic-specific lectures and presentations by biomedical entrepreneurs. Enrollment limited.

  1. J. Cohen

Textbooks (Fall 2015)


HST.978[J] Healthcare Ventures


(Graduate, Fall)

(Same subject as 15.367[J])

Prereq: 15.910; 15.390 or 10.391 or 10.579

Units: 3-0-9

Lecture: T EVE (5-8 PM) (E25-117)

Focuses on entrepreneurship, with emphasis on startups bridging digital health and high-tech. Explores US and global macro trends and case studies. Features lectures by leading healthcare entrepreneurs and venture investors, and provides practical experience in networking through team projects. Evaluation based on team participation and assignments, including two team presentations. Video conference facilities provided to facilitate remote participation by Executive MBA and traveling students. Enrollment by application only. Enrollment by application only

  1. Gray, Z. Chu

No textbook information available


15.128[J] Revolutionary Ventures: How to Invent and Deploy Transformative Technologies

(Graduate, Fall)

(Same subject as 9.455[J], 20.454[J], MAS.883[J])

Prereq: Permission of instructor

Units: 2-0-7


Lecture: R2-4 (E15-341)

Seminar on envisioning and building ideas and organizations to accelerate engineering revolutions. Focuses on emerging technology domains, such as neurotechnology, imaging, cryotechnology, gerontechnology, and bio-and-nano fabrication. Draws on historical examples as well as live case studies of existing or emerging organizations, including labs, institutes, startups, and companies. Goals range from accelerating basic science to developing transformative products or therapeutics. Each class is devoted to a specific area, often with invited speakers, exploring issues from the deeply technical through the strategic. Individually or in small groups, students prototype new ventures aimed at inventing and deploying revolutionary technologies.

  1. Bonsen, E. S. Boyden, R. Ellis-Behnke,

No textbook information available


15.232 Business Model Innovation: Global Health in Frontier Markets

(Graduate, Fall); first half of term

Prereq: None

Units: 3-0-3

Ends Oct 16. Lecture: TR1-2.30 (E51-149)

Examines how new approaches to operations, revenue, marketing, finance, and strategy enable improved health care in resource-limited settings across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Draws on system dynamics, design thinking, and strategic analysis. Explores success and failure in innovative healthcare delivery. Analysis of novel business models draws on case studies, videos, industry reports, research, and guest speakers. Students present their assessments of innovative base-of-the-pyramid health enterprises that aim to do more with less. Students who have not taken at least three management or business classes must apply to the instructor for permission to enroll before the first day of class.

  1. Sastry

No textbook information available


15.371[J] Innovation Teams

(Graduate, Fall, Spring)

(Same subject as 10.807[J])

Prereq: 15.911 or permission of instructor

Units: 4-4-4

Fridays in 32-155. Lecture: W4.30-7,F9-11.30 (32-124)

Students work in teams to develop commercialization strategies for innovative research projects generated in MIT laboratories. Projects cover critical aspects of commercialization, from selecting the target application and market for the technology to developing an intellectual property strategy and performing a competitive analysis. Instruction provided in communication and teamwork skills, as well as analysis of the challenges and benefits of technology transfer. Includes lectures, guest speakers, and extensive team coaching. Designed primarily for students in engineering, science, and management. Applications, resumes, and a brief statement of interest are required prior to registration.

  1. Murray, L. Perez-Breva, N. Afeyan

No required or recommended textbooks


10.53 Advances in Biomanufacturing

(Graduate, Fall, Spring); second half of term

(Subject meets with 10.03)

Prereq: None

Units: 1-0-2

Begins October 27. Lecture: TR11 (66-148)

Seminar examines how biopharmaceuticals, an increasingly important class of pharmaceuticals, are manufactured. Topics range from fundamental bioprocesses to new technologies to the economics of biomanufacturing. Also covers the impact of globalization on regulation and quality approaches as well as supply chain integrity. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

  1. C. Love, A. Sinskey, S. Springs

No required or recommended textbooks