Biotech 101: The Science of Biotech, December 2019

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What is the science behind biotechnology? Explore the key concepts on which the industry is built through hands-on activities and simple lab techniques. This program is designed to provide non-science professionals with a better understanding of the molecular biology that drives the production of most biopharmaceutical products and to help them better understand the research activities in their organizations.

In this course you will learn: How medicines made through biotechnology differ from other medicines, what DNA does, how the body makes proteins, how genetic engineering works, what personalized medicine is, and how proteins are made in the lab.  Participants will perform agarose gel electrophoresis and protein purification.

 Target Audience:

  • Non-science professionals from all sectors of the biotech, pharma, and life sciences industries, including: sales, marketing, HR, legal, manufacturing, business development, finance, management, government relations, IT, safety, tech transfer offices
  • Patient advocacy groups, disease foundations
  • Policy makers, lobbyists, attorneys
  • Venture capitalists, angel investors, banks, analysts, financial managers
  • Insurance brokers, real estate professionals
  • Consultants, public relations specialists, journalists
  • University administrators, research institute support staff
  • Environmental & Health & Safety Engineers

Instructor: Michelle Mischke, PhD

Michelle is the Director of Biotechnology Education Programs at MassBioEd. She has extensive research, teaching, and administrative experience. She taught a range of undergraduate biology courses at MIT and was a course coordinator and content developer for 7.00x, the first large online biology course offered by edX. While at MIT, she was involved in K-12 science outreach and education programs. Michelle holds a B.A. in both Biology and Chemistry from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Prior to joining the Department of Biology at MIT, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. 

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 hereThe course ID for Biotech 101: The Science of Biotech is 111996. 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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  • $600 for MassBio Member
  • $800 for MassBio Non-Member
  • $495 for Non-Profit
  • $0 for MassBioEd Administrative Use Only


December 16, 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Corporate Professional Development


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

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