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  • Alumni Perspectives VideosHear M.S. in Biotechnology alumni in their own words.
  • Alumni Case Study: Kim Hartz, Class of 2010"I wanted a program with meaning and value."
  • Alumni Case Study: Chuck Dokken, Class of 2009"I wanted this program to be a game changer for me—and it was."
  • Alumni Case Study: Sridevi Kameswaran, Class of 2011"Biotechnology is the future—and I'm prepared for it."
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A program as unique as you are.

The Master of Science in Biotechnology offers:

  • A curriculum like no other that integrates topics in science, business and law
  • Powerful skills that bring the "big picture" of life science product development into clear focus
  • Exclusive evening/weekend courses allowing you to work full-time while enrolled, and
  • A completed degree in less than two years

What Is Being Taught This Week

Year II: Early Drug Discovery
Session 1: Introduction to Drug Discovery and Target Identification
Thursday, September 4, (6:00 PM - 12:00 PM)
and Friday morning (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MG&E Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructors: Hansi Dean, Ph.D. and Gene McNally, Ph.D.

After this session, the student should be able to outline the drug discovery process beginning with target identification up to pre-clinical trials and illustrate one reiterative (loop) process within the process . Students will learn to identify common reasons that drugs fail before they are introduced to the market and describe approaches that could lead to fewer failed drugs. Furthermore, they should be able to illustrate how a microarray works for analysis of gene expression and understand how metabolomics and transcriptomics technologies are employed in drug discovery.

Year II: Business of Biotech: Commercialization Pathways
Session 1: Course Introduction; Intro to Value Creation through Technology Commercialization and Guest Speaker on IP Strategies and Introduction to Business Law
Friday, September 5, (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MG&E Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructor: Cheryl Vickroy, MBA

After an introduction to the course, we will have an overview of technology commercialization as a key, value-producing activity. We will touch on how successful commercialization affects society and why it underpins many economic development efforts. We will begin to understand why a technology is not a business and how different technologies are brought to market in dis-similar ways. This session will also introduce concepts of business strategies to defend and challenge IP and we will touch on entity formation and common business law practices.

Featured Speaker

Year II: Molecular Technologies III
Session 1: Introduction to Molecular Technologies III and Data Analysis; Kinase Assay Laboratory
Saturday, September 6, (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute lab

Faculty Instructor: Natalie Betz, Ph.D.

Featured Speaker

Question about the degree?
Contact Kurt

Kurt Zimmerman
Phone: (608) 262-0685
Contact Kurt Zimmerman, Director, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

Question about admissions?
Contact Lynn

Lynn Schroeder
Program Manager
Phone: (608) 262-9753
Contact Lynn Schroeder, Program Manager, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison