Biotechnology Project Management, October - November 2019

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The deadline to take this session through the Workforce Training Direct Access program has passed. You can still apply through the MTE to be approved for a 2020 course session. Please check back for course dates in 2020. 

We are pleased to announce the renewal of the Workforce Training Direct Access Grant for this course, which enables employees at Massachusetts companies with 100 employees or less to participate at no cost

It is simple to sign up:

1. Register your company through the Massachusetts Training Exchange (MTE).
2. O
nce approved, enroll your employees in the course through the MTE portal here and register on this page under Direct Access.

Directions on how businesses can register can be found hereNote, it can take up to 2-4 weeks for businesses to be approved. You can find more information on the Direct Access Program here.

The deadline to apply for the fall course through the Direct Access program is Thursday, September 12th. The program will be available for 2020 Biotechnology Project Management course sessions.


Course Overview:

This six-evening 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.

In this practical hands-on learning environment, participants gain understanding and skills in the responsibilities, activities, and competencies required of a successful Project Manager in the biotechnology industry. Experiential learning labs, class participation, and real life examples are used to maximize educational learning.

"Biotechnology Project Management" helps executives, researchers, technicians, and managers understand the role of project management and how their job fits into the overall drug development process.

p*Participants who complete the course will receive 21 Professional Development Units (PDUs) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).  MassBioEd is an approved, registered provider of continuing education credits under PMI.  This course does not qualify for PMP certification, nor does it prepare the participant for the PMP exam. 


Course Schedule:

  • Tuesday, October 8 - 4 to 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 15 - 4 to 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 22 - 4 to 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 29 - 4 to 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 5 - 4 to 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 12 - 5:30 to 9 pm

Course Topics Include:

  • Overview of Product Development
  • Understanding the Regulatory Environment
  • Project Management Organizational Structures
  • Working in a Matrix
  • Internal Governance Bodies
  • Project Initiation, Planning & Scheduling, Control and Close.
  • Working in an Alliance


This course is co-taught by several professionals actively involved within the biotech industry, including:

  • Lydia Harris, Course Director: Lydia A. Harris, C.P.M., PMP has worked in the Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical Industry for over 25 years.  Prior to starting her own consulting services, she worked at Millennium, Genzyme, and Whitehead Institute.
  • Susan G. Macdonald, PhD: Susan has over 15 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, in capacities ranging from discovery science to development project management, portfolio management and alliance management.  She is currently Vice President of Research and Development at Aldeyra Therapeutics.  Previously, she held positions at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, NKT Therapeutics, Archemix Corp., ArQule, TEI Biosciences and Onyx Pharmaceuticals.
  • Haroon Hashmi, PhD: Haroon is currently Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Ziopharm Oncology. Prior, he served as Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at Alynlam Pharmaceuticals, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives followed by Senior Director of Clinical Development at Biogen IDEC and worked in regulatory affairs and alliance management previously at Biogen. He worked in regulatory affairs and analytical development at Biomira.  
  • Barbara Rosengren, MBA: Barbara most recently was the VP of Strategic Product Development at Momenta Pharmaceuticals.  She was previously Vice President & Development Project Leader at Millennium Pharmaceuticals. She held the position at Vice President of New Product Commercialization at Novartis Pharmaceuticals and worked at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals prior.
  • Pamela Gustafson, MPH, PMP: Pamela has over 25 years of biopharmaceutical experience and is currently the Vice President of Clinical Research at Proteon Therapeutics, Inc.  Prior she worked at AAI International, Parexel, Alkermes, and Seragen.

Looking for Ways to Maximize your Training Dollars?

To see if you are eligible for 50% reimbursement on your program fee through the State Workforce Training Express Fund, apply here. The course ID for Biotechnology Project Management is 1091105. If you are applying through the Express Fund, your application must be filled out and submitted 6 weeks ahead of your intended start date of training. 

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  • $1,600 for MassBio Member
  • $1,800 for MassBio Non-Member
  • $0 for MassBioEd Administrative Use Only
  • $0 for Direct Access Program


October 8 - November 12, 2019
Tuesdays - 4 to 7:30 pm; See exceptions below.


Corporate Professional Development


MassBio Offices
300 Technology Square, 8th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

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