The Master of Science in Biotechnology program welcomed its 15th cohort of working professionals during its annual new student orientation this August. The 20 new students embarking on a two-year study of biotechnology product development and commercialization represent one of the most diverse groups ever admitted to the program, hailing from as far as India, Brazil and Kazakhstan.
The regional biotechnology community is prominent in the Class of 2018, with students employed by nine different Madison biotechnology companies and others students from companies in Marshfield, WI, Lake Forest, IL, and Minneapolis, MN.
Three of the Madison biotechnology companies employing students are located in UW-Madison’s University Research Park (Illumina, Inc., InvivoSciences, Inc., and Varigen Biosciences), while two more arrive from research labs and centers at the UW-Madison (Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and UW-Madison Potato Breeding Program). With a course schedule designed so students can work while earning their degree, employer companies are rewarded with workers who can immediately apply the cross-functional knowledge and expertise gained from their studies.
The incoming students anticipated to graduate in spring of 2018 join a network of over 300 program alumni trained as versatile biotechnology professionals to apply knowledge of technology assessment, patents and licensing, product development, business strategy and entrepreneurship in the continually expanding field of biotechnology sciences.