sitem-insel AG

Translational Medicine and Biomedical Entrepreneurship

What to expect from this program?

Personalized continuous education
Depending on your needs we offer a CAS, DAS or MAS. The program consists of 6 modules covering different aspects relevant for the development and commercialization of medicinal products and medical devices. The program is open for all academic disciplines. For academics without a background in natural science, engineering or medicine, a special module «Prerequisites» has been developed. It will allow those participants to acquire fundamental scientific-medical knowledge required for the program.


Project-focused and practice-oriented
The study program is embedded in sitem-insel, which, in collaboration with partners, provides participants access to a vast amount of hightech facilities and services.

MAS students perform activities that are designed to specially address aspects relevant to their projects. This includes regular project discussions with peers and experts, the selection of applicable case studies and site visits at companies, which will give them the opportunity to apply knowledge, skill sets and techniques that they have gained from the classroom in real life situations.


Scientific and entrepreneurial translation
The program covers all relevant aspects of the translational process – i.e. entrepreneurial know-how in addition to all basic scientific, clinical and technical knowledge.


Expertise of teachers and supervisors
The teachers and supervisors of this program are from research and development oriented private companies, scientists from universities, ETHs and FHS, collaborators from regulatory agencies, financial experts and clinicians.


Academic requirements and benefits
The prerequisites for admission are the same as for entering the University of Bern. The program participants will be a group of postgraduate students at a high academic level. The program is approved by the University of Bern.


The study program offers «blended learning», i.e. e-learning complemented with face-toface concept lectures, peer learning sessions and interactive discussions with specialists. Consequently, the program permits you to organize your daily workload and study time according to your background and your specific needs, while the face-to-face sessions allow networking with experts and personal contact with your peers.


Program Plan

Program plan
Modules 1 to 5 consist of a kick-off event, face-to-face lectures, peer discussions, round table discussions, a wrap-up session and an e-learning part. Module 6 predominantly consists of face-to-face lectures, workshops and round table discussions.

More than 70% of the contributors and speakers are experienced people from the private sector, who can share their practical knowledge during the face-to-face sessions and will accompany you throughout the e-learning part.


Language and location
The course language is English. The University of Bern will be the location for all dates of presence (face-to-face sessions and audits).


Different curricula
Depending on the curriculum selected, different numbers of ECTS points are required:


  • CAS in Translational Medicine (CAS TM): Three modules of choice from modules 1 to 5 (min. 13 ECTS) and a certificate work (2 ECTS)
    (Start date depending on modules selected)
  • CAS in Biomedical Entrepreneurship (CAS BE): Module 6 and a certificate work (2 ECTS)
    (Start date: 15/16.01.2020)
  • DAS Translational Medicine and Biomedical Entrepreneurship: Combination of the CAS BE and the CAS TM (see above)
  • DAS Translational Medicine (DAS TM): Modules 1-5 (23 ECTS), electives (3 ECTS), DAS thesis (4 ECTS)
    (Start date: 06.09.2019) 
  • MAS Translational Medicine and Biomedical Entrepreneurship (MAS TMBE) : All 6 modules, Master thesis on a translational project and elective courses
    (Start date: 06.09.2019) 
  • Single modules can be attended depending on available space
    (see below)


After successful participation and dependingon the achieved ECTS points, the University of Bern awards the degree «Certificate of Advanced Studies» (CAS), «Diploma of Advanced Studies» (DAS) or «Master of Advanced Studies» (MAS). The corresponding certificates will disclose the content and achievements of the program.