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  Prof. Alicia Löffler  Photo © Evanston Photographic

Kellogg School, Johns Hopkins join forces

Professor Löffler spearheading initiative to bring biotechnology and business leadership together

The Kellogg School and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have established an alliance that will create opportunities for students interested in the biotechnology field.

The two schools are collaborating to deliver a variety of offerings, including executive programs, joint conferences and exchange programs, all focusing on the business of biomedicine.

"We are very excited about this new alliance," said Alicia Löffler, professor of biotechnology and director of the Kellogg School's Biotechnology Center. "The synergy will create tremendous opportunities for both the Kellogg School and Johns Hopkins."

Kellogg students will benefit from the cutting-edge biotechnology research being conducted at Johns Hopkins, whose students will have access to the most current management thinking at the Kellogg School. The alliance has already borne fruit in the form of a March program for Johns Hopkins faculty members, designed to help them better understand the entrepreneurial environment of biotechnology, Löffler said.

In September, the schools will offer a four-day certificate program, "Science for Managers," to address the science and process of bringing biotechnology breakthroughs to market. The course is designed for investors, venture capitalists, business development executives, consultants, analysts and government officials who make legislative decisions about biotechnology. It will feature faculty from both schools, as well Northwestern University's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Feinberg School of Medicine.

A third program, one that will enable senior executives "to extend, renew and invigorate their strategic thinking in the biomedical sector," is on the horizon, Löffler said.

The academic partners also are planning student exchange programs. This fall, the Kellogg School will welcome several Johns Hopkins doctoral students into the Kellogg four-quarter program, enabling them to earn a Kellogg MBA. Kellogg students, in turn, will have the opportunity to study science and biotechnology at Johns Hopkins.

Eventually, the partnership should yield a joint-degree program, Löffler said.

Said Kellogg School Dean Dipak C. Jain: "This partnership with Johns Hopkins illustrates the continued relevance of management education across diverse fields. Kellogg will remain a thought leader, helping solve important challenges and exploring creative partnerships that produce enormous value throughout society." – Rebecca Lindell

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