Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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    - Science Writer, Promega Corporation
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A program as unique as you are.

The Master of Science in Biotechnology offers:

  1. A curriculum like no other that integrates 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, and
  4. A completed degree in less than two years

What's Being Taught This Week?

Year II: Early Drug Discovery
Session 4: Antibody and Cell Therapies; Lead Optimization and Medicinal Chemistry; Vaccine Development
Thursday, October 19, (6:00 PM - 12:00 PM)
and Friday morning (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MG&E Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructors: Gene McNally, Ph.D.; Thomas Machleidt, Ph.D. and Dave Lewis, Ph.D.

Students will hear from a variety of scientific experts from private industry addressing antibody and cell-base therapies, use of medicinal chemistry for lead optimization, and vaccine development.

Featured Speakers

  • Steve Kanner, Ph.D.
    Chief Scientific Officer, Caribou Biosciences
    Topic: Antibody and Cell-Based Therapeutics: Current Designs and New Frontiers

  • Hansi Dean, Ph.D.
    Vice President, Discovery Research at Takeda Vaccine Business Unit
    Topic: Vaccines
Year II: Business of Biotechnology: Commercialization Pathways
Session 4: Forecasting Cash Flows and Valuation
Friday, October 20, (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MG&E Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructor: Cheryl Vickroy, MBA

First, students will learn how to create pro forma financial statements for their team project. The rest of the class period will focus on the application of ratio analysis to forecasting financial statements and of time value of money concepts to valuation of companies.

Featured Speaker

  • Fabio Gaernter, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Accounting & Information Systems, Wisconsin School of Business
    Topic: Company Valuation
Year II: Molecular Technologies III
Session 4: Introduction to Fluorescent Microscopy, High Content Screening, and In Vivo Imaging; Basic Cell Culture Laboratory Activities
Saturday, October 21, (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute lab

Faculty Instructors: Natalie Betz, Ph.D.; Tracy Worzella, M.S. Biotech and Chad Zimprich

This session will introduce students to fluorescent microscopy, high content screening (HCS), in vivo imaging, and how these areas fit into biotechnology and the drug discovery process. This session will also involve three different laboratory activities to highlight the importance of cell culture and fluorescent microscopy in drug discovery. Laboratory demonstrations will expose students to the detection of natural fluorescent proteins and targets fluorescent reporters using confocal microscopy. In addition, basic cell culture techniques will be performed (phase contrast microscopy, cell passage, and cell counting) and aseptic technique demonstrated.

Featured Speaker

  • Georgyi Los, Ph.D.
    Promega Corporation
    Topic: Optical Imaging: From a Single Molecule to a Whole Animal and Beyond

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) 263-0773
bthusk@wisc.edu
Contact Bryan Husk, Assistant Director, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison