Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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    - Project Manager, Roche NimbleGen
  • Alumni Case Study: Darcia Schweitzer, Class of 2016"I was a science teacher interested in a career change."
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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 I: Biotechnology Operations
Session 3: BioManufacturing - Process Design, Fermentation and Cell Culture; Regulatory Affairs  Roles and Responsibilities, Meeting with Agencies, Regulatory Submissions; and Introduction to Microsoft Project
Thursday, February 23, (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
and Friday morning (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MG&E Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructors: Derek Hei, PhD and Ed Elder, Ph.D., R.Ph.

The primary objectives of this session are to review the essential elements and principles of process development, fermentation and cell culture in biomanufacturing; outline the process for regulatory submissions; define the primary role of Regulatory Affairs; discuss how to communicate with regulatory agencies; and introduce a tool for project management.

Featured Speaker

  • Derek Hei, Ph.D.
    Senior Vice President for Clinical Manufacture, Quality and Regulatory
    Cellular Dynamics International, a FUJIFILM Company
    Topic: BioManufacturing - Process Design, Fermentation & Cell Culture
Year I: Molecular Technologies II
Session 3: Introduction to Fermentation and Chromatography; Tour of BioTechnique
Friday, February 24, (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
and Saturday morning (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Biomanufacturing Teaching Lab, MG&E Building, University Research Park

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

In Session 3a, students will inoculate and induce a fermentation culture of bacteria containing the target protein (zbFGF) using BioFlo 110 fermentors from New Brunswick Scientific. Students will be introduced to the concepts of fermentation, how to perform optimization, and batch record generation. In addition, the students will be instructed on the use of the BioFlo fermentors.

In Session 3b, the students will process the induced bacterial culture by centrifuging and will prepare a crude cell lysate, which will be subsequently purified in Sessions 4 and 5 and analyzed in Session 5. Further discussion of batch record generation and product specifications will continue, with regard to our zbFGF target protein. Finally, students will begin preparing solutions required for the chromatography downstream purification steps in Session 4.

Featured Speakers

15th Anniversary

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