Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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A program as unique as you are.

The Master of Science in Biotechnology offers:

  1. An unmatched curriculum that weaves together topics in science, business and law
  2. Powerful skills that bring the "big picture" of life science product development and commercialization into clear focus
  3. Exclusive evening/weekend courses allowing you to work full-time while enrolled
  4. A completed degree in less than two years
  5. A proven opportunity to significantly advance your career
  6. Extensive professional network and lifelong community

What's Being Taught This Week?

Year I: Project Management and Leadership
Session 1: Leadership; Project Management & Leadership
Friday, January 24, (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MG&E Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructors: Mary Westrick, Ph.D. and Terri McDonnell, MBA

This session focuses upon leadership: history, theory, practices and skills.

Featured Speaker

Year I: Molecular Technologies II
Session 1: Welcome to Molecular Technologies II; Introduction to Gene Cloning and Protein Expression/Purification; Introduction to Genetically Modified Organisms
Saturday, January 25, (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
and Saturday morning (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute lab

Faculty Instructors: Natalie Betz, Ph.D. and Eric Vincent, Ph.D.

Session 1a welcomes students to Molecular Technologies II. We present an outline of the course topics and activities. We also state our expectations, describe conduct and grading policies, and give a course schedule and overview of assignments with due dates. An introduction to Gene Cloning, Protein Expression, and Protein Purification will be given, as well as the first laboratory exercises for this topic.

In Session 1b we will review the genetic events associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how they may be detected in the laboratory, as well as some of the science, business, and regulatory impacts of GMOs in the agricultural biotechnology field. Our first laboratory activity leading to GMO detection will be performed (DNA purification from food).

Featured Speakers

  • Erik Dersch, M.S. (Class of 2004)
Year II: Business of Biotechnology: Sustaining Growth
Session 2: Strategic Analysis Frameworks
Thursday, January 30, (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MG&E Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructors: Hart Posen, Ph.D. and Susan LaBelle, MBA

This session will introduce several additional tools that can be applied to the strategic management process. Students will discuss the application of tools to the analysis of a case.

Year II: Advanced Biotechnology: Global Perspectives
Session 2: Successful Commercialization of Healthcare Innovations (Beyond Regulatory Approval)
Friday, January 31, (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MG&E Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructors: Laura Strong, Ph.D. and Stacey Gilbert, MBA

Historically, significant emphasis has been given to strategies for regulatory approval for innovative healthcare products. More recently, other commercialization issues, including use guidelines, reimbursement and pricing, have become driving success factors. The goal of this session is to learn about these areas to allow you to incorporate them into your product development plans from inception.

The session will begin with the student panel presentation with discussion of the landscape around how US prices are set for drugs and lab tests as well as organizations and guidelines that impact clinical adoption and reimbursement/payment. The second half of the class will be a case study of the commercialization for a successful lab test following regulatory approval.

Year II: Project Management and Leadership
Session 2: Group and Individual Behaviors; Communication in Project Management
Friday, January 31, (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MG&E Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructors: Mary Westrick, Ph.D. and Terri McDonnell, MBA

Students will how to identify and understand individual strengths and the effect on leadership style and effectiveness; understand team and group behaviors; why they exist and how individual behaviors influence group or team behaviors; identify and apply effective communication skills a team leader could use and would encourage team members to use; develop skills to plan, host and summarize effective team meetings; tailor team meetings to realities of time and space; consider communication and meeting strategies for managing virtual teams.

Question about the degree?
Contact Natalie

Natalie Betz, PhD
Associate Director
Phone: (608) 274-4330, Ext. 1272
nabetz@wisc.edu
Contact Bryan Husk, Assistant Director, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

Question about admissions?
Contact Bryan

Bryan Husk, MA
Assistant Director
Phone: (608) 265-0773
bthusk@wisc.edu
Contact Bryan Husk, Assistant Director, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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