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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

(Courtesy of YU) In its commitment to expanding science and health education, Yeshiva University’s Katz School has launched a master’s degree in biotechnology management and entrepreneurship. The new program bridges biotechnology and science with practical business skills to prepare students for commercializing biopharmaceuticals and devices, managing product and customer development, overseeing compliance and regulatory issues, and managing clinical trials in the biotech and pharma industries.

“The MS in biotechnology and entrepreneurship is an exciting program designed for students who want to become entrepreneurs and product/project managers in technology and science-based fields,” said Dr. Herman Weiss, practitioner-in-residence for the new program. “Where scientists are developing life-changing health and pharma innovations, there is often a disconnect between science, productization and market development. This program provides students with hands-on mastery of what needs to be done at every stage in the process, whether in an existing company or in a startup environment.”

As a result, Weiss explained, “graduates will be armed with solid knowledge of the techniques used in modern biotechnology as well as a comprehensive business education that will help them identify market opportunities, bridge the relationship between scientists and managers and participate in biotechnology projects that change people’s lives.”

“All our faculty work in the industry, and many have startup experience,” added Dr. Paul Russo, Yeshiva University vice provost and dean of the Katz School. “If you’re not born with entrepreneurial tendencies, apprenticing with startups and their founders is the best way to build entrepreneurial skills and know-how.”

The program is ideal for recent graduates or working professionals who wish to bridge core science and technology principles with business and entrepreneurship skills. The program provides foundational courses in science and business so that students from any undergraduate major can have a smooth transition into the program.

Classes meet at YU’s midtown Manhattan campus, with full-time and part-time options. Courses are all project-based, with minimal use of tests and exams, and will be taught by industry practitioners. Program themes include biotechnology management; pharmacology product development and commercialization; and intellectual property, regulation, compliance and clinical trials and science management. Students are encouraged to participate in internships for credit and real-world work experiences that count toward the degree.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018-19 academic year. For more information visit https://www.yu.edu/katz/graduate/ms-biotechnology.