To the Incoming Class of 2022

From both of the class of 2020 representatives, we first want to say congratulations on your acceptance into the Master of Biotechnology program! The MBiotech program is a course-based professional degree offered through the Institute of Management & Innovation (IMI) at the University of Toronto Mississauga. By enrolling in this program you have begun your journey to become a valued member of the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industry and part of a vast network of professionals who are leaders in their field. The MBiotech program prepares you for this journey like no other, providing a diverse set of experiences to build skills you will use to succeed in your future careers.

The unique blend of courses in the MBiotech program provide incredible depth in both science and business. The program structures itself around the entire process of biotechnology product development from their initial discovery to sales and marketing. The program starts with two engaging wet labs where you will have the opportunity to have hands-on experience with foundational biotechnology techniques while simultaneously developing an entrepreneurial mindset. The other courses taken at this time will allow you to bolster your scientific understanding of protein chemistry and drug development strategies all while learning effective managerial practices to successfully operate as a team.

The program continues in the fall with the beginnings of the business orientated courses involving finance and marketing. It also involves a thorough look at biotechnology in both medicine and agriculture. The first year will end with a final project in BioPartnering I where you and your team will utilize all of the skills acquired to develop a strategy to solve a unique set of problems. This course will challenge your teamwork, networking and problem solving skills and will help develop your ability to effectively communicate complex ideas in an engaging way.

The courses and experiences in the first year ultimately prepare you for one of the most valuable features of the MBiotech program: the co-op placement. Throughout the last 17 years, the MBiotech program has garnered relationships with a diverse set of prominent Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies in the GTA. These companies offer a wide variety of incredible jobs that are sure to align with everyone’s unique interests. The co-op placement allows you to build relationships, learn the ins and outs of an innovative industry and ultimately allows you to kick start your career.

The MBiotech program is always adapting and offering new ways of preparing you for your future. The program always looks for ways to connect you with your peers and alumni to build relationships that will last a lifetime. We can both say that our lives have been forever changed by this program's ability to teach us new skills, develop relationships and provide unparalleled opportunities. This is a once in a lifetime experience that will have lasting effects on your future.

On behalf of the class of 2020 we would both like to thank the MBiotech program for everything it has provided us. Best of luck to the class of 2022!

Sincerely,

   Abbas Godhrawala    Devon Prontack

Abbas Godhrawala and Devon Prontack

Class of 2020 Student Representatives