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Science of Biotech 101 is designed for the non-scientist. The class acts as a survey of the basic biological processes that are foundational to the biopharma and life sciences industry. Participants will apply their new understanding of basic cell and molecular biology to the work of life sciences companies that research and develop therapies and products to improve lives, enhance agriculture, and decrease the dependence on fossil fuels.

“Hearing others questions and comments during discussions really helped to drive the lessons home.” – Science of Biotech 101 Attendee, September 2021


  1. Monday, December 6th, 2021 9:00-11:30 AM EST
  2. Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 9:00-11:30 AM EST
  3. Thursday, December 9th, 2021 9:00-11:30 AM EST


Session 1:  Introductions Industry Overview The Raw Materials of Biotechnology: Protein and Cells Industry Applications: The Raw Materials of Biotechnology: DNA
Session 2: Molecular Biology: From DNA to Protein Genetics: Chromosomes, Genes and Genomes Industry Applications
Session 3: Genetic Engineering The Immune System Industry Applications: Mitigating Disease


Sowmya Chary, MD, MMSc
Associate Medical Director, Global Medical Safety and R&D, Biogen

Sowmya is an Associate Medical Director in Global Medical Safety at Biogen, focusing in the Neuromuscular and Movement Disorders Therapeutic Area. A Massachusetts native, she completed her medical training at Sri Ramachandra University in India and received her Master of Medical Sciences in Clinical Investigation from Harvard Medical School. She completed her thesis work at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital on sex-specific differences in metabolomic profiles and responses to intervention in the critically ill. Sowmya is a 2021-2022 Fellow at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and serves on the Boston Board of Peer Health Exchange, an organization improving health equity and outcomes for young people in under-resourced communities. She is a passionate educator and mentor and has given numerous talks on navigating career paths and roles in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry. She brings her medical, research, and industry expertise to the classroom to create an engaging and collaborative learning environment.