Learn about the program's unique curriculum, world-class faculty and convenient schedule. In just two years, you can earn your degree while still working full-time.
Richard Moss, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies
Executive Director and Co-founder, M.S. in Biotechnology Program
Kurt Zimmerman, M.S.
Director, Industry Engagement, SMPH
Director, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
Natalie Betz, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Faculty Instructor, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
Bryan Husk, M.A.
Assistant Director, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
Michele Smith, MS SCT(ASCP)
Program Manager, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
The Master of Science of Biotechnology Program brings together the expertise of the University of Wisconsin's world-class faculty, and the applied experience of the region's most successful biotechnology leaders from private industry.
Natalie Betz, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Faculty Instructor
Master of Science in Biotechnology
Dave Lewis, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer (former)
UW Carbone Cancer Center
The M.S. in Biotechnology program has over 350 alumni since its first graduates in 2004.
Each year the value of the alumni network strengthens as more students graduate and grow their careers.
Alumni by Graduating Class:
When Heather Gerard entered the Master of Science in Biotechnology in 2004, she was working in a medical research laboratory at the UW as a Research Specialist. Through her duties at the bench, she developed proficiency in a wide variety of molecular biology applications and techniques.
At a crossroads, she pursued the degree in order to explore the broadest range of topics possible. Her goals centered on understanding the fusion of science and business and how that combination drives not only the biotechnology industry, but the power of that industry to improve the health and welfare of society.
Shortly after enrolling in the program, she accepted a position as a Technical Service Scientist at Madison-based Promega Corporation, providing technical support on products and related molecular biology applications to domestic, international, and internal customers.
While she had crossed one bridge from academia to industry, courses in the M.S. in Biotechnology helped her identify and explore new career paths.
"...the business courses and introduction to legal aspects of biotechnology really opened my eyes. I did not know much beyond the actual science. These courses confirmed that I wanted to be something other than a bench scientist. They also paved the way to my current position, as I developed an understanding of the legal aspects of the field."
Gerard's promotion to her current position—Patent Liaison—allows her to have a major impact on the protection of valuable new discoveries and their conversion into long-term product lines.
"As a Patent Liaison at Promega, I work with R&D and legal staff in the determination of patentability, preparation and prosecution of patent applications and coordination of additional filings in the US or internationally. I also assist in the review of patents being considered for acquisition, assessments of infringement and enforcement of Promega patents and freedom-to-operate analyses. I also oversee the invention disclosure process and serve as the primary contact for R&D scientists in the technology platforms Cellular Analysis, Reporters and Genetic Identity."
Having graduated from the program in 2006, Gerard looks back at the experience as the ideal meeting of preparation and opportunity:
"One of the advantages of the program was networking with different people in the industry. Learning about their career paths helped me see the potential of my own. Having guest speakers from different aspects of biotechnology opened my eyes to different professional opportunities. Just because I had a science degree did not mean I was restricted to being a bench scientist."
Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Established in 2002, the Master of Science in Biotechnology at UW-Madison is a two-year cross-disciplinary program for scientists, technical professionals, business strategists and attorneys seeking to advance their career in the biotechnology field without having to put their career on hold. The hands-on curriculum focuses on the development and commercialization of new technologies and provides a diverse mix of science, business, bioethics, public policy, law and intellectual property. Students are instructed by some of the best academics, professionals and lawyers in the biotechnology field.
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