Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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  • Alumni Case Study: Tanesha Norris, Class of 2015"I gained skills and knowledge to accompany my ambition."
    - Senior Global Project Manager, Roche (Pleasanton, California)
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    - Director, Product Strategy - Life Sciences, McKesson (Houston, Texas)
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A program as unique as you are.

During this global pandemic, the importance of biotechnology and its contribution to human health and society is clearer now more than ever.

The Master of Science in Biotechnology offers:

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

What's Being Taught This Week?

Year I: Intellectual Property, Patents and Licensing
Session 2: Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets
Thursday, September 24, (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MGE Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructor: Michael Falk, JD, MBA

After completing the session the student will develop a more in-depth understanding of trademark, copyright, and trade secret law and also gain an appreciation of how the various types of intellectual property fit together to protect a service or product.

Featured Speaker

Year I: Business Fundamentals for Biotechnology
Session 2: Marketing Concepts; Marketing Biotech Products; The 4 P's
Friday, September 25, (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Online in BBCollaborate thru Canvas

Faculty Instructor: Ben Seffrood, M.B.A, M.S. Biotech

This session has three distinct objects, which will prepare students to address the marketing topics later in the program and complete their final project. We will discuss the requirements for the final project. This will provide students an opportunity to ask questions and insure that they understand what is expected of them.

Featured Speakers

  • Bill Patton
    Executive Creative Director, 6AM Marketing
    Topic: Marketing 101

Year I: Biotechnology Regulation and Ethics
Session 2: FDA Regulation of Biotechnology I: Drugs
Friday, September 25, (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Online in BBCollaborate thru Canvas

Faculty Instructor: Pilar Ossorio, J.D., Ph.D.

Students explore the basics of the approval process for new drugs, including the clinical trials processes, post market surveillance, and policy considerations that shape FDA drug regulation.

Year I: Molecular Technologies I
Session 2: Mutation Detection Technologies and Nucleic Acid Purification Laboratory, Introduction to Bioinformatics and Big Data - Part 1
Saturday, September 26, (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute lab

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

We will go over the basics of preparation for the bioinformatics and DNA analysis workshop in Session 3. We will also discuss various mutation detection technologies, as a comparison for the technologies we will use in the laboratory in Session 5. You will be divided up into two groups and perform nucleic acid purification, for either genomic DNA or total RNA. Each of the two groups will evaluate three different commercially-available purification kits from either Promega, Qiagen, or Sigma.