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 300 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:
Gabe Gross, who joined the M.S. program's first class in 2002, earned three degrees from UW-Madison, including a bachelor's degree, law degree and a master of science in biotechnology. After 13 years in Madison, Gross was recruited to work with the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP in California's Silicon Valley following completion of his M.S. in Biotechnology degree. He continues to work today in the San Francisco area as a business trail lawyer and Partner at Latham & Watkins specializing in patent infringement cases and other intellectual property disputes.
His time at UW-Madison allowed him to participate in national discussions regarding complex topics in biotechnology. In 2002, he wrote an article for the Law Review on the regulations of stem cell research. "I was at a press conference with Orrin Hatch and he cited Gabe's research," recalls Alta Charo, Professor in the Law School and M.S in Biotechnology Program. Charo notes that while Gross, who graduated from the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program in 2004, moved to California to practice law, "the seeds for success were planted in Wisconsin."
Gross joined the M.S. program because he wanted to speak the language of the biotech industry and better understand the issues of science, law and business. And as biotech expands, he notes, "So do intellectual property needs. When there are breakthroughs in science, there are primary legal concerns including patent infringements." he says.
Gross says the work ahead of him, which may include high profile intellectual property disputes, will be exciting. "The seeds for these opportunities were planted in Madison. When you are competing with lawyers for a position that focuses on intellectual property and biotechnology, you need a level playing field. The M.S. Biotechnology Program leveled the playing field for me."
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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