To the Incoming Class of 2021

First and foremost, we would like to congratulate you all on your acceptance to the Master of Biotechnology program and becoming a part of a close-knit group of professionals in the biotechnology field. The MBiotech program is a course-based professional degree offered through the Institute of Management & Innovation (IMI) at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The program is really like no other – by taking a unique teaching approach students are well-equip for a career in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industry.

As the program enters its 17th year, MBiotech has not only grown with increasing interest but has evolved with the demands of the ever-changing healthcare space by introducing a second stream focused on data science. As representatives speaking on behalf of the Class of 2019, we can confidently say this program has given us many opportunities that we would have likely not seen had we chosen a different path. By working so closely with our 40 peers and even closer with our teammates, we were able to learn from one another and grow with each other – creating a bond that will last well past our graduation date.

MBiotech operates at the intersection of science and business by offering a unique breadth and blend of courses that you will not find in other professional (or otherwise) programs. Throughout the program, you will find that the coursework strongly emphasizes the importance of collaboration and teamwork. This emphasis is intentional as it fosters relationships and networks with your academic peers, many of which will become future industry coworkers and colleagues. The courses kick-off in May with a wet lab where you not only get a better understanding of the science behind biotechnology but also get a sense of what it’s like to run a business. The other courses help to round off your science knowledge with topics including protein chemistry, biotechnology and ventures, and a unique team-building course in effective management practices. The fall offers an increased focus on learning more about business with learning based on marketing, finances, accounting, and economics. You finish off the semester with a Biopartnering project aimed to test your teamwork, networking, and problem-solving skills. This final project will push you to your limits and test the knowledge and skills you’ve accumulated. All of these projects and courses are well suited to prepare you for the next step: co-op placement.

The eight to twelve-month long co-op placement is what really differentiates MBiotech from other programs of its kind. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) houses many of major biotech companies in Canada. The long-standing relationship that the MBiotech program with the industry gives rise to a breadth and depth of placement opportunities; thereby, satisfying everyone’s curiosities in the job market. This co-op placement opportunity allows you to learn, network, and build relationships with your employer to set you up for success in future opportunities. The co-op placement truly is one of the most valuable aspects of the program.

The MBiotech program is not just about the piece of paper and the credentials you get at the end of the program, it is about building those meaningful, long-lasting relationships with your peers that you will likely see in high ranking positions throughout the industry. MBiotech can take you down many different paths, whether it is employment within a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company, opening your own business, or pursuing further education. The world-class education and the network you have gained through MBiotech will set the foundation for your next steps.

On behalf of the Class of 2019, we thank MBiotech for the opportunity and wish everyone luck in the future classes.


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Rhys Powers and Michelle Joseph

Class of 2019 Representatives