Corporate Professional Development


MassBioEd is committed to the development of the current biotechnology workforce. Its Corporate Professional Development's primary focus is to offer high quality professional development programs for members and non-members alike. Courses are taught by experts in the life sciences field who must stay current on regulatory changes and industry trends. Corporate Professional Development features seminars designed as refresher courses as well as courses that target skill building with hands-on training.


All of our programs are:

  • Designed by biotechnology industry experts.
  • Updated every six months to keep pace with scientific advances and government regulations.
  • Taught by practicing professionals who have years of experience in the life sciences industry.

MassBio Company Members are eligible for a $150 discount on all courses. All Companies with 100 or fewer employees may be able to take advantage of state workforce grant programs.

All of our courses can be tailored to meet company's individual training needs and delivered on-site. For more information, please contact Administrative & Community Affairs Coordinator Megan Schulz at or (617) 674 5137.

2016 Course Listings:

Biotechnology Project Management  October 12 – November 16, 2016 

Wednesday evenings, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This six-evening in-depth seminar examines critical aspects of project management, including an overview of the drug development process and regulatory agencies. Participants gain practical experience with project management tools, such as Product Development Plans, Responsibility Assignment Matrices, Communication Plans, and Work Breakdown Structures. Participants learn to use tools and strategies for working in a team environment to analyze risk, allocate resources, track projects, resolve conflicts, make decisions, and manage management. Most importantly, participants increase their ability to deliver project results.

Making the Transition to Leader/Manager  Wednesday, November 2, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The transition from individual contributor to leader or manager can be challenging because it requires a new set of perspectives, skills, and responsibilities. Individual contributors are often promoted because of their knowledge and expertise, but their success as managers depends directly on their ability to get things done through others. This session will provide insight on the main challenges in moving from technical contributor to manager, help identify the traits of successful leaders, and guide participants in how to acquire and strengthen leadership skills.

Biotech 101 December 20 - December 21, 2016

Are you new to the life sciences Industry? Do you need to have a better understanding of the science and technology driving the industry? Biotech 101 is a course designed specifically for the non-scientists. The program covers two full days of biotechnology information for non-science professionals who may be working or looking to work within a science-based industry. 

Looking for Ways to Maximize your Training Dollars?

Do you have 100 or fewer employees in your company?  If so, you may be eligible to receive up to 50% reimbursement for the cost of training under the State Workforce Training Express Fund.   All current MassBioEd Foundation courses qualify under the Express Program for reimbursement.  For more information contact Peter Abair.


Workplace Safety Training Dollars Available

The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) Safety Grants Program awards up to $25,000 to organizations to fund workplace safety training.  Eligible employers within Massachusetts covered by the Massachusetts Worker's Compensation Law (MGL CH. 152) may qualify for funding.