BioPh Curriculum ♙

biophMBiotech’s Biopharma­ceuticals (BioPh) curriculum comprises both required courses, as well as elective courses. Our curriculum map was developed to provide a visual overview of the BioPh course curriculum, detailing not only all of the courses offered but also the topics covered in each course.


Credit Requirements

Students enrolling in the Biopharma ceuticals specialisation of MBiotech commencing May 2022 are required to complete 9·5 graduate course credits over a 24-month period on a full-time basis. These 9·5 credits comprise the following—

  • 8 Science courses (0·5 credits each, for a total of 4·0 credits)
  • 4 Business courses (0·5 credits each, for a total of 2·0 credits)
  • 2 Work Term courses (1·0 credit each, for a total of 2·0 credits)
  • Electives (1·5 credits)

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 Graduation requirements are changing. Students commencing the Program prior to May 2022 need only complete 9·0 graduate course credits in order to graduate.


Our Required Courses (R)

 YEAR 1
Seminar Series (BTC16x0)
BTC1600H  Biopartnering I { Sep‑Dec } bar-1600 cal googlecal

Science Series (BTC17x0)
BTC1700H  Molecular Biology Laboratory { Jun‑Jul } bar-1700 cal googlecal-grey
BTC1710H  Biomaterials & Protein Chemistry Theory { Jun‑Aug } bar-1710 cal googlecal-grey
BTC1720H  Biomaterials & Protein Chemistry Laboratory { Jul‑Aug } bar-1720 cal googlecal-grey

Hybrid Series (BTC18x0)
BTC1800H  Biotech nology in Medicine { Sep‑Oct } bar-1800 cal googlecal
BTC1810H  Biotech nology & Drug Manufacturing { May‑Aug } bar-1810 cal googlecal-grey
BTC1820H  Biotech nology in Agriculture & Natural Products { Oct‑Dec } bar-1820 cal googlecal

Work Term Series (BTC19x0)
BTC1900Y  Work Term I { Jan‑Apr } bar-1900 cal googlecal

Business Series (BTC20x0)
BTC2000H  Effective Manage­ment Practices { May‑Dec } bar-2000 cal googlecal
BTC2010H  Fundamentals of Managerial Concepts { Sep‑Dec } bar-2010 cal googlecal
BTC2020H  Society, Organis­ations & Technology { Jan‑Apr } bar-2020 cal googlecal
 YEAR 2
Seminar Series (BTC16x0)
BTC1610H  Biopartnering II { Sep‑Dec } bar-1600 cal googlecal

Work Term Series (BTC19x0)
BTC1910Y  Work Term II { May‑Aug } bar-1900 cal googlecal

Business Series (BTC20x0)
BTC2030H  Manage­ment of Technological Innovation { Jan‑Apr } bar-2030 cal googlecal


The Electives (E)

 YEARS 1 & 2
Hybrid Series (BTC18x0)
BTC1860H  Generations of Advanced Medicine: Biologics in Therapy (GAMBiT) { Jan‑Apr } bar-1860 cal googlecal

Work Term Series (BTC19x0)
BTC1920Y  Work Term III { Sep‑Dec } bar-1900 cal googlecal

Business Series (BTC20x0)
BTC2040H  Change Manage­ment { Jan‑Apr } bar-2040 cal googlecal

Special Topics Series (BTC21x0)
BTC2100Y  Thesis Project in Biotech­nology COMING SOON bar-21x0 cal googlecal-grey
BTC2110H  Structural Biology in Drug Develop­ment & Biotech­nology { Jan‑Apr } bar-21x0 cal googlecal
BTC2120H  Decision Analytics in Business, Health­care & Manage­ment { Jan‑Apr } bar-21x0 cal googlecal

IMI Series (IMIxxxx)
IMI3001H  Biocommercial­isation I: Analysis of Technology Driven Innovation { Sep‑Dec } bar-imi cal googlecal
IMI3003H  Biocommercial­isation II { Jan‑Apr } bar-imi cal googlecal


Course Descriptions

All mandatory courses (but not electives) offered in the BioPh stream are described in this section.
 

flag-1700BTC1700H  Molecular Biology Laboratory { Year 1 }
Session: Summer
Instructor: Leigh Revers
Credits: 0·5 (R)
Pre-Requisites: None

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Formerly • Genetics & Molecular Biology Laboratory. Mantra • ‘This course provides hands-on experience in practical applic­ations of a major area in biotech­nology, and is an important breadth component.’

Course Description:
This laboratory-based course introduces fundamental experimental techniques commonly used in biomedical research and provides ‘hands-on’ experience working with nucleic acids and proteins over an intensive six-week schedule. Students receive a practical overview of key protocols over the first week and are provided with same-day, interactive technical demonstrations in a fully equipped ‘wet’ laboratory. This is followed by an extended research assignment in which students work in teams towards expressing and isolating a biomedically relevant, recombinant protein. Teams must design an appropriate research strategy, conduct experiments, collect and analyse data and submit their product with a final report to meet a tight deadline. The course concludes with a final presentation seminar day.

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flag-1710BTC1710H  Biomaterials & Protein Chemistry Theory { Year 1 }
Session: Summer
Instructor: Scott Prosser
Credits: 0·5 (R)
Pre-Requisites: bar-1720 (CR)

Course Description:
This course is designed to enable students to gain a more in-depth appreciation and understanding of the application of materials science and protein chemistry to the field of biotech­nology. We delve into advanced drug delivery and therapeutic strategies, biomaterials in medicine, pharmacology and drug discovery. We also consider new disruptive technologies as case studies for life science biotechnology students.

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flag-1720BTC1720H  Biomaterials & Protein Chemistry Laboratory { Year 1 }
Session: Summer
Instructor: Leigh Revers
Credits: 0·5 (R)
Pre-Requisites: bar-1710 (CR)

Course Description:
As a companion course to BTC1710H, this laboratory course is intended to provide students with hands-on experience with some concepts in protein and materials chemistry. The experience will focus on the use of advanced equipment and techniques and will include experiments involving protein PEGylation, nano­particles in drug delivery, and biodiesel synthesis, as well as bioinformatics. This is an intensive four-week course, operating five days a week. Students will complete these projects and experiments in teams. A significant component of this course involves a science-intensive, business assessment in which the students have an opportunity to apply what they have learned.

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flag-1810BTC1810H  Biotechnology & Drug Manu­facturing { Year 1 }
Session: Summer
Instructor: Tim Lee
Credits: 0·5 (R)
Pre-Requisites: None

Course Description:
Biotechnology & Drug Manu­facturing is a half-credit course that introduces students to some of the key aspects of the biopharma­ceutical process, with special emphasis on the biotech sector. The course focuses on the fundamental role played by corporate entities in the development of new therapeutic drugs in a highly regulated business environment. Topics covered include biopharma­ceutical manu­facturing, regulatory approval for drug products and medical devices, setting regulatory standards, quality-by-design, cGMP compliance, risk manage­ment and root cause analysis.

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flag-2000BTC2000H  Effective Manage­ment Practices { Year 1 }
Sessions: Summer & Fall
Instructor: Ann Armstrong
Credits: 0·5 (R)
Pre-Requisites: None

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Formerly • Organis­ational Skills. Mantra • ‘An intro­ductory course … to acclimatize a student to the relation­ships that will be encountered in the laboratory courses and the intern­ship course.’

Course Description:
This course introduces students to the basic skills and concepts needed to become an effective member of an organis­ation. It focuses on (1) team working skills, (2) funda­mental managerial skills, and (3) career manage­ment skills. The course is participative in its design and requires students to apply the material in the course. It provides the first opportunity for a team approach to problem solving and will provide a realistic preview of the work place.

This course will be used to define and organise groups of students who will work in teams to complete the subsequent laboratory modules.

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flag-1800BTC1800H  Biotechnology in Medicine { Year 1 }
Session: Fall
Instructor: Jayson Parker
Credits: 0·5 (R)
Pre-Requisites: bar-1700 bar-1710 bar-1720 bar-2000 (CR)

Course Description:
This course will introduce students to the development of a wide range of product categories. While the focus will be on drugs, the course will also touch upon medical devices, digital health, big data in health, medical apps, biomarkers, medical marketing, treatment guidelines, screening tools and diagnostics. Understanding clinical trial design and the regulatory pathway through the US FDA is a major focus of the course. Reimbursement is introduced for both drugs and medical devices. Each year, this course is usually able to negotiate some major project opportunities from teaching hospitals students can tackle, to expose them to the clinical world, an important target customer environment of pharmaceutical companies.

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flag-1820BTC1820H  Biotechnology in Agriculture & Natural Products { Year 1 }
Session: Fall
Instructor: Duncan Jones
Credits: 0·5 (R)
Pre-Requisites: bar-1700 bar-1710 bar-1720 bar-2000 (CR)

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1820 • Frenchmen Joseph  CaventouPierre-Joseph Pelletier were the first to isolate and name quinine, a treatment for malaria. 

Course Description:
This course will focus on the exploration and understanding of biotech­nology as applied to agri­culture, natural products, biocontrols and associated industrial biotech­nology. Students will work in teams and each team will present their assigned topics as oral presentations and written assignments. A number of written individual assignments plus an exam will also be evaluated. In the agriculture area, lecture topics include modern approaches to plant breeding, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the controversy surrounding them; genomics and its importance in agri­biotech­nology; nutraceuticals; the use of natural and engineered products for pest and herbicide control; and the use of plants as bioreactors. In the natural products/­​biocontrols/­​industrial biotech­nology areas, topics include the use of natural plant products for medicinal purposes; bioremediation of contaminated soils and the applications of biocatalysts as part of the green chemistry movement.

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flag-2010BTC2010H  Fundamentals of Managerial Concepts { Year 1 }
Session: Fall
Instructor: Kevin Yousie
Credits: 0·5 (R)
Pre-Requisites: None

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2010Derrick J. Rossi, former UofT alumnus, founds Moderna, Inc.

Course Description:
This foundational course introduces students to a broad range of the critical managerial concepts that are required to operate success­fully in today’s biotech­nologically focused organisations. Topics covered include forms of business ownership, an introduction to financial statements, auditor reports, financial statement analysis, ratio analysis, time value of money, net present value, internal rate of return, projected statements, marketing math, market segmentation, product positioning, the marketing mix, pricing decisions, channel strategies, customer value propositions, competitive strategies, marketing in the age of artificial intelligence, as well as some aspects of strategic manage­ment and organis­ational alignment. Theory and application are combined through the use of readings, case studies, in-class discussions and presentations, as well as a team project.

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flag-1600BTC1600H  Biopartnering I { Year 1 }
BTC1610H  Biopartnering II { Year 2 }
Session: Fall
Instructor: Duncan Jones
Credits: 0·5 (R)
Pre-Requisites: bar-1700 bar-1710 bar-1720 bar-2000 (CR)

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Formerly • Seminar in Bio­sciences/​Bio­tech­nology. Mantra • ‘All participants in the Program are linked by the seminar course during acad­emic and industrial terms.’

Course Description:
The ‘Biopartner­ing’ seminar series is a program require­ment for all MBiotech students — in both the BioPh and DHT streams. BTC1600H and BTC1610H are held in conjunction with one another, meaning all students (regardless of year or program stream) attend the seminar on the same date and time. The seminar is held once per week during the Fall semester, on Tuesday evenings for approximately two hours. It is comprised of both presentations by select speakers from industry as well as student presentations. The course challenges students to provide insights into industry issues that would be seen as a valuable contribution by experts in the area. Each student will participate in a formal group presentation, in their first year, and will complete other academic requirements such as critiques, team mentoring and an individual report in their senior year. The topics presented in this course will range from scientific (latest technologies and research, analysis of pre-clinical and clinical data) to business-oriented issues (e.g., market strategies for pharma and biotechnology products, government regulations, intellectual property, finance, ethics, etc.).

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flag-2020BTC2020H  Society, Organis­ations & Technology { Year 1 }
Session: Fall
Instructor: Andrew Steck
Credits: 0·5 (R)
Pre-Requisites: bar-1700 bar-1710 bar-1720 bar-1800 bar-1810 bar-1820 (CR)

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2020 • The UK Medicines and Health­care products Regulatory Agency became the first global medicines regulator in history to approve an mRNA vaccine.

Course Description:
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of economics and strategic manage­ment. Throughout the course, we will attempt to answer a funda­mental question posed by manage­ment scholars: how is it that some firms are able to repeatedly and consistently achieve great results, while others fail and crash out of the market? In search of an answer, we’ll explore a variety of decisions firms make, including pricing, product variety and scope, motivation of employees, and interaction with competitors. The course features a combination of lecture and case discussion; course readings include textbook excerpts, business press, and academic articles.

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flag-1900BTC1900Y / 1910Y / 1920Y  Work Terms I, II & III { Year 1 + 2 }
Preparation: Summer & Fall
Session: Year-Long (begins Winter)
Instructor: Leigh Revers
Coordinator: Nazeem Shamsuddin
Credits: 2·0 (R) + 1·0 (E)
Pre-Requisites: bar-1700 bar-1710 bar-1720 bar-1800 bar-1810 bar-1820 bar-2000

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Formerly • Placement Project in Bio­sciences/Biotech­nology. Mantra • ‘This course represents an intern­ship element of learning, which is considered … fundamental to [the] application of the academic course work.’

Course Description:
This series of centrepiece courses is designed to grant our students a more in-depth appreciation and understanding of the biotech­nology and biopharma­ceutical industry in a corporate and/or industrial setting, and to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world context. Students are required to complete two 4-month full-time Work Term placements that are arranged by the course coordinator to ensure that the role, responsibilities and activities are at a graduate level. Credit-granting responsibilities reside with the course instructor, based on assignments and feedback from students’ Work Term supervisors.

Required preparatory exercises and assignments must be completed in the Summer and Fall sessions, leading up to the start of the placement in Winter/Spring, in order for students to qualify for Work Term I. These preparatory requirements can involve résumé work­shops, one-on-one meetings with members of the MBiotech team, attendance at the annual Career Day, and more.

Students in Work Term II may continue with the same employer from Work Term I, or alternatively with a new employer or department. Students’ performance and their work experiences is evaluated in a manner similar to that for Work Term I.

Note: BTC1920Y, Work Term III is an optional elective course that extends the placement experience to a full 12 months’ duration. Students taking Work Term III share their experiences by means of a mandatory Networking Night component in late November.

Students receive credit/no credit grades for all three courses.

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flag-2030BTC2030H  Manage­ment of Techno­logical Innovation { Year 2 }
Session: Winter
Instructor: Ruben Gaetani
Credits: 0·5 (R)
Pre-Requisites: bar-1900

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Formerly • Manage­ment of Innovation.  Mantra • ‘A finishing course intended to tie together the academic and placement courses from the perspective of manage­ment and business.’

Course Description:
In this course, we will define techno­logical innovation as the process of leveraging new ideas to create economic value and deliver this value to share­holders, employees, consumers, and our society at large. This process involves critical strategic choices that are common to most organisations, from small startups to large established companies: What is the best way to bring an idea to the market, and to arrange production and distribution? How should we redesign our internal organisation, as well as the system of partnerships and relationships with external players? Should we redefine our vertical and horizontal boundaries, for example by outsourcing some activities or entering new geographical markets? Throughout the course, we will refine our ability to approach and find the best answer to these (and many other) questions. Using an applied and discussion-based method, we will learn how to effectively convert a creative idea into a valuable innovation.

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LEGEND: (R) Denotes a required course for graduation; (E) denotes an elective course; (CR) denotes a co-requisite.


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