LUMC/PJ Futurelab offers online learning-by-doing courses. The courses are for post-graduate biomedical professionals currently working in academia, industry, Knowledge Transfer Offices (KTOs), or regulatory authorities. In these courses, you will be guided by world-renowned experts, including real-time video conferences with teachers and other participants, providing a highly interactive experience.

In addition, the courses give you access to unique tools designed to help you draft a license agreement (the License Agreement Builder), develop the most efficient clinical development program (the Questions Optimizing Calculator), find your way through the regulatory jungle (the Market Approval Navigator), and to find out which committees and other organizations are involved in the review of your clinical trial application for clinical research in the Netherlands (the Committee Finder). 

For the first three courses described below, there are a limited number of scholarships available for participants currently working at a Dutch university, university medical center, research center, or hospital. You can read more below. The fourth course described below is a free course. 

Intellectual Property course, starting date: January 17, 2022

Obtaining a patent is a key step in safeguarding the intellectual property of a new biomedical product and to raise funding for development. In this course you’ll learn the pros and cons of intellectual property, as well as the main do’s and don’ts to help you protect your biomedical invention in a timely manner.

You can register here.

Clinical Development course, starting date: March 14, 2022

Question-based clinical development (QBCD) can facilitate the design of a rational, efficient development pathway for new biomedical products. In this course, you’ll learn the principles behind QBCD and how it can be applied to real-world R&D projects as we described in the PJ Futurelab paper Integrating scientific considerations into R&D project valuation by De Visser et al., Nature Biotechnology, Jan. 2020, p.14-18.

You can register here.

Market Approval course, starting date: March 7, 2022

Obtaining market approval is an important step in the development of a new biomedical product. In this course you’ll learn how to find and interpret the relevant regulatory guidelines that will steer you through the development process. Real-world case studies, including the development of a gene therapy product and a fictitious mRNA-based vaccine, are presented to familiarize you with issues that can arise during development, as well as how to assess an Investigational Medicinal Product Dossier (IMPD).

You can register here.

Free online course Clinical Research Regulations: start whenever you like

LUMC/PJ Futurelab also offers a free online course on the regulations on clinical research in the Netherlands. The course includes the Committee Finder, a versatile tool to find out to which committees and other organizations you will need to submit your clinical trial application to get approval for your study in the Netherlands. You do not need to register for this course. You can find the course here.

Scholarships available

For the first three course described above a limited number of scholarships are available for post-graduate biomedical professionals currently working at a university, university medical center, research center, or hospital in the Netherlands. These scholarships provide a 50% discount off the course fee. For more information, and to apply for a scholarship

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