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:
To succeed, biotechnology companies must juggle a host of complex technological and managerial functions.
This course takes a close-up look at seven interdependent functional specialties key to developing products for human health: regulatory affairs, quality assurance, biomanufacturing, quality control, non-clinical development, clinical development and project management.
You'll understand how companies plan, manage, coordinate and synchronize these disciplines to support a specific marketing plan—and how the underlying principals and practices are relevant to product development in other areas of biotechnology.
You'll also learn how to design a development strategy, communicate objectives and lead a team through implementation.
Here are some of the topics taught in this course:
Session 1: Course Introduction; Overviews of Product Development; Project Management; Quality Systems – Introduction, Quality by Design, Risk Management; and Hallmarks of Quality Systems
Session 2: Quality Control — Specifications and Procedures; and Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls Introduction and Overview; From CMC to BioManufacturing
Session 3: Application of Quality Systems; BioManufacturing — Facilities, Equipment, and Utilities; and Overview of Regulatory Affairs — Roles and Responsibilities, Meeting with Agencies, Regulatory Submissions
Session 4: BioManufacturing — Process Design, Fermentation and Cell Culture; and Clinical Development – Clinical Research, Clinical Operations, and Good Clinical Practice
Session 5: BioManufacturing — Concentration and Purification, Aseptic Processing and Sterilization; and Introduction to Nonclinical Research — Pharmacology, Toxicology, Pharmacokinetics and Good Laboratory Practice
Session 6: BioManufacturing — Overview of Validation; Managing Non-FDA Compliance; Class Lectures – Current Issues in Biotechnology; Team Presentation Workshop
Session 7: Phase I Clinical Study Design and Implementation – A Case Study; Final Team Project Presentations (Location: MG&E, Irving Shain Conference Room)
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