Biotech 101 for Non-Scientists, Spring 2014

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 on looking to work within a science-based industry.   

Participants will benefit from several hands on activities using Lego DNA models, Agarose Gels, in addtion to a DNA exercise featured here:

LEGO DNA: Assembling Proteins from subunits using specially designed Lego DNA models, and produce proteins from mRNA message translation; Build proteins to illustrate protein structures, and compare mutations for genetic outcomes -- the basis for which companies develop drugs to treat diseases.

Pipetting and Gels: Work with agarose gels and pipettes to understand the process of separating molecules - work that goes on in every scientific lab.

Class Topics Include:

Day One:

  • Biology – Basic Concepts, & Life’s Building Blocks: DNA - RNA - Protein and Genetics
  • Cells and Cancer
  • Genomics and Gene Expression
  • Personalized Medicine & Diagnostics
  • Ethical and Topical Issues

Day Two:

  • Industry Overview
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Bioinformatics & Drug Discovery
  • Biosimilars & Biomanufacturing 
  • Drug Development: from Discovery to Clinical Trials

Other topic areas covered during the course of both days are:  Genomics, Proteomics, Stem Cells, Diagnostics, Small Molecules, Biologics and Orphan Diseases and Drugs

Target Audience:

  • 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

A reference guide containing all of the material used in the presentation along with a  glossary of biotech terms will be given to each participant, along with a copy of The Bluffer's Guide to Genetics. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.


  • $1,095 for MassBio Members
  • $1,245 for Non-Members
  • $895 for Non-Profits


May 15-16, 2014
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Corporate Professional Development


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

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