M.S. in Biotechnology Program, 15 Year Anniversary
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Celebrating 15 Years

What are the future educational needs for the biotechnology industry?

A panel of alumni and faculty led by Kevin Conroy, CEO of Exact Sciences, addressed this question and others on March 23, 2017 at the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research (WIMR).


Post-event New Releases

"The University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Biotechnology Program Celebrates Its 15 Year Anniversary"
Published June 2, 2017 by Natalie Betz, Associate Director of the MS in Biotechnology Program

"MS in Biotechnology Program Proves Pivotal in Boosting Wisconsin Biotech Industry"
Published April 7, 2017 by Andrew Hellpap

 

Pre-event News Release

"MS in Biotechnology Program Celebrates 15 Years"
Published March 20, 2017 by Andrew Hellpap

Complete Panel Discussion Audio:


Download the Full Podcast:
170323_15yr Panel Discussion_Complete.mp3 ( ~100 MB)

Download High-Res Photos: 17032_15yr panel photos.zip (~80 MB)
*Photos should be credited to Focal Flame Photography

Download Panel Member Bios: Download Panel Member Bios (pdf)

Kevin Conroy, CEO of Exact Sciences


Introductions, Opening Remarks by Kevin Conroy, JD
CEO, Exact Sciences Corporation


Opening Remarks (Conroy):

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Richard Moss Introduction:

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Natalie Polinske Introduction:

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Pilar Ossorio Introduction:

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Mike Polewski Introduction:

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Scott Fulton Introduction:

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Abdalla Saad Introduction:

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Alana Davis Introduction:

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Kevin Conroy Introduction:

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Framing the Discussion (Conroy):

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Abdalla Saad, Class of 2008

Questions for Abdalla Saad, MS
Co-Founder, President & CEO at Co-D Therapeutics, Inc.
Class of 2008, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

"Tell us about your company, Co-D Therapeutics." (Saad)
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"How did you become aware of Dr. Kwon's work?" (Saad)
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"What excites you about your company's technology?" (Saad)
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"How did the MS in Biotechnology Program help prepare you to become a CEO and enterpreneur?" (Saad)
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"Speak to the Wisconsin environment for biotech entrepreneurship." (Saad)
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"How can various organizations help the biotech industry in Wisconsin?" (Saad)
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Alana Davis, Class of 2011

Questions for Alana Davis, MS
Sr. Sales Planning Specialist at FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
Class of 2011, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

"Talk about your current role with Fujifilm." (Davis)
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"What made you decide to earn your MS in Biotechnology degree?" (Davis)
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"Compare opportunities in Wisconsin to those in North Carolina and Research Triangle Park (RTP)?" (Davis)
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Dr. Pilar Ossorio

Questions for Pilar Ossorio, PhD JD
Professor of Law and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin Law School
Professor, Biotechnology Regulation and Ethics
Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, SMPH, UW-Madison

"How does the curriculum in the MS in Biotechnology Program uniquely prepare students?" (Ossorio)
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Kevin Conroy states the value a legal background when leading biotech companies. (Conroy)
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"What practical knowledge do you try to impart to your students?" (Ossorio)
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Natalie Polinske, Class of 2011

Questions for Natalie Polinske, MS
Manager, Biorepository & Specimen Resource Center (BSRC), Aurora Health Care
Class of 2011, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

"How is biotech changing and driving health care?" (Polinske)
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"How are biorepository specimens collected?" (Polinske)
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"How do patient data and data analytics lead to discovery?" (Polinske)
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"How do you see the field of biotech merging or intersecting with big data?" (Polinske)
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Mike Polewski, Class of 2015

Questions for Mike Polewski, MS
Assistant Research, Reed Research Group, UW-Madison
Class of 2015, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

"As an academic researcher, why did you choose an MS in Biotechnology degree emphasizing product development and commercialization?" (Polewski)
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"What do you think the university should do to help inventors balance academic freedom with the increasing expectation that discoveries be translated into commercially viable products?" (Polewski)
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"What can the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) do to help?" (Polewski)
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Pilar Ossorio adds to the academic research question. (Ossorio)
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Scott Fulton chimes in to the academic research question. (Fulton)
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Scott Fulton, MS

Questions for Scott Fulton, MS
Adjunct Faculty, Advanced Biotechnology: Global Perspectives
Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, SMPH, UW-Madison
Founder, BioSystems Development

"What can Wisconsin do to create 21st century biotech companies?" (Fulton)
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"Do you have a positive outlook for biotech in Wisconsin?" (Fulton)
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Dr. Richard Moss, PhD

Questions for Rick Moss, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies
School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), UW-Madison 
Co-founder and Executive Director, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program

"How was the program originally conceived 15 years ago?" (Moss)
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"What do you predict for the future of the MS in Biotechnology Program?" (Moss)
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Closing Question for the Group

"What needs can biotech education address for the future?" (Full Panel)
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Kevin Conroy shares his experience with Exact Sciences and offers closing remarks. (Conroy)
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