Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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A program as unique as you are.

The Master of Science in Biotechnology offers:

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

What's Being Taught This Week?

Year II: Business of Biotechnology: Commercialization Pathways
Session 2: New Venture Creation, continued, Including New Product Development and Funding Sources Panel
Friday, September 22, (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MG&E Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructor: Cheryl Vickroy, MBA

The class continues instruction on the underpinnings of technology commercialization, focusing in on customer development, new product development and sources of funding.

Featured Speakers

  • Mark Duerst, Co-Manager at Wisconsin Investment Partners; Adviser to Board at Standard Imaging, Inc.; Previously Sr. Vice President, Sales, Hologic and VP Sales, Lunar

    Irene Hrusovsky, Managing Director, Belle Capital USA; Previously CEO, EraGen Biosciences, Inc. and an Executive at GlaxoSmithKline and Abbot Laboratories

  • Vahid Aidun, Licensing Leader, Dow AgraSciences

    Chris Lynch, Director, Technology Licensing and Collaborations, AbbVie
  • George Arida, Managing Director, Venture Investors; Previously Chief Financial Officer, Capital Resource Advisors

    Todd Strother, Senior Technology Consultant, Center for Technology Commercialization, UW Extension
Year II: Molecular Technologies III
Session 2: Introduction to the Drug Discovery Process and Targets; Introduction to Kinase and P450 Enzymes and Assay Technologies; Thermo Fisher Drug Screening Service Laboratory Tour
Saturday, September 23, (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Thermo Fisher (5225 Verona Frontage Road, Madison, WI 53711)

Faculty Instructor: Natalie Betz, Ph.D.

A general overview of the drug discovery process will be introduced and how each session in MTIII fits into this process. In addition, the students will be introduced to kinase and cytochrome P450 enzymes, assay technologies, and their role in the drug discovery process. A description and tour of the Thermo Fisher Drug Screening Service will also be conducted. This should allow the students to gain an appreciation for the intricacies involved in this type of screening service and the nature of pharmaceutical customers, we well as demonstrations of various automated platforms.

Featured Speakers

  • Ben Buscher
    R&D, Thermo Fisher Scientific
    Topic: Biochemical Approaches to Drug Discovery: Kinases, Cytochrome P450s

  • Dave Lasky and Ryan Fisher
    Thermo Fisher Scientific
    Topic: Screening Laboratory Tour and Demonstrations

Year I: Business Fundamentals for Biotechnology
Session 2: New Product Development and Marketing; History of Biotechnology
Saturday, September 23, (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MG&E Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructor: Ben Seffrood, M.B.A., M.S. Biotech

In this session we will discuss how biotechnology businesses select and manage new product projects for development. We will also review how marketing places a central role in this process. An overview lecture on the history of biotechnology will be shared by Advanced Biotechnology: Global Perspectives faculty, Scott Fulton.

Featured Speaker

  • Scott Fulton
    Founder of Cellectar, LLC
    Topic: The History of Biotechnology

Question about the degree?
Contact Natalie

Natalie Betz, PhD
Associate Director
Phone: (608) 274-4330, Ext. 1272
nabetz@wisc.edu
Contact Bryan Husk, Assistant Director, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

Question about admissions?
Contact Bryan

Bryan Husk, MA
Assistant Director
Phone: (608) 263-0773
bthusk@wisc.edu
Contact Bryan Husk, Assistant Director, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison