rNPV explained

The animation walks you through a practical example of how rNPV is calculated for a life sciences R&D project. rNPV (risk-adjusted Net Present Value) is a common way to assess R&D projects.

This resource is free and is included with the course Clinical Development Online.

It is calculated by adding the present value of all future cash flows and subtracting the initial investments (NPV) and then adjusting for the estimated risk (rNPV).

Part of the blended course Clinical Development

Question Based Clinical Development facilitates the design of a rational and efficient development pathway for new medical interventions. Learn the principles behind QBCD and how to apply it to real R&D projects.

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Your teacher

Saco de Visser


  • at least a master's degree in a subject related to (bio)medical science
  • a few years of relevant working experience
  • basic understanding of clinical trial designs’
  • no previous experience with QBCD is required
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