Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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Course Descriptions

Business of Biotechnology: Sustaining Growth


  • Russ Coff, Ph.D.
  • Susan LaBelle, M.B.A.
  • Hart Posen, Ph.D., M.B.A.
  • Charlie Trevor, Ph.D.
  • Jessica Martin Eckerly, M.B.A., M.S.
  • Organizations spend significant time and resources attempting to map out effective strategies to outperform competitors and achieve lasting success.

    How does a firm choose which technologies to develop—and which strategic partners are the best fit?

    This course tackles critical management issues in the industry and explores how senior leaders manage knowledge, weigh bundles of potential opportunities, make choices and deal with uncertainty.

    By deepening your understanding of business strategies, you'll be prepared to understand firm-level strategic development and apply strategy principles in day-to-day operations.

    Here are some of the topics taught in this course:

    Session Topics from Spring 2020

    Session 1: Course Introduction, Classic Business Strategies

    Session 2: Strategic Analysis Frameworks

    Session 3: Multi-business Strategy; Mergers and Acquisitions

    Session 4: Global Strategy

    Session 5: Dynamic Strategies

    Session 6: R&D Management Strategies

    Session 7: Advanced Negotiation Strategies

    Question about the degree?
    Contact Bryan

    Bryan Husk
    Assistant Director
    Phone: (608) 265-0773
    Contact Bryan Husk, Assistant Director, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison
    Class of 2021 Schedule

    Fall 2019 | Spring 2020
    Fall 2020 | Spring 2021

    Class of 2022 Schedule

    Fall 2020 | Spring 2021
    Fall 2021 | Spring 2022

    Class of 2023 Schedule

    Fall 2021 | Spring 2022
    Fall 2022 | Spring 2023

    Class of 2024 Schedule

    Fall 2022 | Spring 2023
    Fall 2023 | Spring 2024