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.
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Since biotechnology emerged as an industry, political and ethical legal issues have shaped its development.
This course will expose you to some of the most important areas of regulation, including FDA oversight of gene therapy and drug, device and biologics development; EPA/USDA regulation of agricultural applications of biotechnology; federal regulation of genetic testing services; and the politics and regulation of embryonic stem cell research.
You'll learn how regulation is developed and how it interacts with business and finance to influence the formation and growth of biotechnology companies.
You'll also explore the ethical issues that help shape public policies on biotechnology and its applications.
Here are some of the topics taught in this course:
Session 1: Introduction to the US Legal System; Introduction to the U.S. FDA
Session 2: FDA Regulation of Biotechnology I â€“ Drugs
Session 3: FDA Regulation of Biotechnology II â€” Biologics and Devices
Session 4: Drug Marketing and the First Amendment;
Ethics and Regulation of Research With Human Participants
Session 5: Regulation of Industrial Chemical Production Using Biotechnology: EPA, FDA, and USDA
Session 6: Regulation and ethics of genomic and other omic testing; Ethics of Gene Editing in Humans
Session 7: Discussion of Student Papers on US Senate Bill S. 204, "Right to Try Act of 2017"
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