Biotechnology industry projects

The Biotechnology 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 their 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 your 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
  • Make use of the extensive resources of the University of Melbourne, including experienced academics, subscriptions to thousands of journals, and access to industry databases and research tools, including Cortellis Competitive Intelligence
  • Develop connections with the Faculty of Science
  • No financial cost.
Master of Biotechnology student in a lab coat works at a computer in a biotechnology company.
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. We select projects that deliver research and results that will help us to deliver on our strategic goals. Sienna Cancer Diagnostics. Sienna has hosted industry projects since 2015. More about Sienna's experience with the program

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.

Recent industry partners

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.

This is not simply an academic exercise. This is working in real life – live business issues that we’re trying to address today. Bringing in the students gives us the opportunity to have a fresh pair of eyes, fresh perspective, fresh energy and perhaps even some knowledge and experience of the very latest thinking in biotech that’s coming up through academia that we’re not aware of.CSL

Example projects

Examples of previous projects are:

  • International benchmarking study of biotechnology industry development
  • Application and market attractiveness of extrusion food technology
  • New biomaterials for a medical device
  • Client survey of a scientific instrument’s use in the life sciences
  • Potential partnerships in DNA-directed RNA interference applications in cancer
  • Market potential of chemiresistor sensor technology in the life science industries
  • Market assessment of technologies in the development of drug conjugates
  • Market intelligence of complementary technology companies
  • Development of standard operating procedures in a oharmaceutical manufacturing plant
  • Plans to reduce waste and improve productivity in biomanufacturing
  • Global regulatory requirements for complementary medicines and dietary supplements
  • Business case for a microfluidic device
  • Gap analysis of topical treatments
  • Market price points vs competition in the Australian laboratory market
  • Asia Pacific regulation of cellular and tissue therapies.

Contact us

Interested in discussing an industry project partnership? Contact Fiona Simpson, Careers and Industry Consultant, fiona.simpson@unimelb.edu.au or call +61 3 9035 9522.