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This demo includes the outline of the current course Clinical Development and some open chapters. Every week we start the course by following the story of Claire, a bright young neurologist and her new employer: Innovatica Therapeutics Ltd. Her struggle to address development risks in a rational, science-driven manner in a business environment exemplify the learning objectives of this course. We will meet Claire in the first open chapter.


In the full course, you will see messages from your course instructor, uploaded assignments and comments from your fellow course participants.

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Who are your classmates and where are they from? Add a picture to your profile and it will appear here. In the course you will have a chance to introduce yourself and to chat with your fellow participants.

In this 5-week online Futurelab course, you are introduced to the question-based method of clinical development. This approach, which is based on the Real Options Theory, facilitates the rational and efficient design of developmental pathways for novel medical interventions.

With a blend of internationals with both scientific and industry backgrounds, the course has started to spread its wings. Many of these online learners have participated in the same on-campus and on-campus extended course.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  1. Design the optimal path to develop a novel medical intervention. Specifically, you will compare the advantages and disadvantages of using the NPV vs the question-based approach;
  2. Identify the most important questions that arise during the development process;
  3. Identify the uncertainties that are associated with tackling these questions; and
  4. Identify the costs associated with the development process and estimate the potential after successful development.

Study load

The study load for this course is 5 hours per week.