Biotechnology industry projects

The Industry Project puts small teams of final-year Master of Biotechnology students to work for you. You provide the brief, and all work is carried out at no cost to your organisation.

About the project

The Industry Project is open to companies in the biological, pharmaceutical, agricultural, food, device and related industries.

Partners define a project of value to the organisation and provide a brief. All work is carried out by final year Master of Biotechnology students, supervised by leading academic staff at the University, at no cost to the partner organisation.

Projects are two semesters long with a final report delivered in October. The final report and all associated IP belongs to you. Meetings, progress reports other interactions with the student group are at your discretion.

Past projects include: market research; competitor analysis and intelligence, client surveys, intellectual property (IP) analysis and landscaping, business and product planning, and identifying partnership opportunities.

Benefits to your organisation

  • Access students with the latest knowledge in their field
  • Gain valuable IP and business intelligence
  • Meet and ‘road-test’ potential future employees
  • Develop connections with the Faculty of Science
  • No financial cost.
We are passionate about our work at Sienna and actively engage in the development of young people seeking to establish careers in the biotechnology industry. Sienna Cancer Diagnostics has hosted industry projects since 2015. Read more about Sienna's experience with the program here

About the Master of Biotechnology

The Master of Biotechnology combines specialised scientific studies with professional training in business, communications and management.

By their final year, students studying the Master of Biotechnology have developed an understanding of scientific breakthroughs and technologies at the forefront of emerging biotechnology industries, and insights into commercialisation, regulation, leadership and decision making.

Insurance and agreements

The University's Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance covers liability for the University and any of its students in relation to industry projects.

Host organisations will be asked to sign the University's standard Professional Placement Letter Agreement. This outlines the terms and conditions, managing confidentiality and the assigning of IP. We recognise the sensitive nature of these projects and can provide a sample agreement to you on request.

Please note that the final report and all associated IP belongs to your organisation.

Interested in discussing an industry project partnership?

Contact Fiona Simpson, Careers and Industry Consultant, or call +61 3 9035 9522.

2017 Biotechnology Industry Project partners

2016 Biotechnology Industry Project partners