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This free course, The life sciences industry: An introduction, covers the emergence of the life sciences sector out of its precursor the pharmaceutical industry. After examining some historical perspectives, the course uses case studies to look at developments in the science, business and, primarily, management strategies used in life sciences. It also briefly considers the place of life sciences in the wider story of health provision. This introductory course will be of interest to managers in the life sciences sector and to the general reader.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the scope of the study of Life Sciences and its history for managers.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 What does ‘life sciences’ mean?
- 2 The life sciences sector – some historical perspectives
- Keep on learning
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The life sciences industry: An introduction
This course looks at human healthcare concentrating on the life sciences sector. You will see the historical development of the pharmaceutical industry and examine the relevant management strategies used.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Business Studies courses or view the range of currently available OU Business Studies courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 21st July 2011
Last updated on: Thursday, 11th February 2016
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