BioPh • Curriculum Overview

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 Biopharmaceuticals 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  Biotechnology in Medicine { Sep‑Oct }  bar-1800 cal googlecal
BTC1810H  Biotechnology & Drug Manufacturing { May‑Aug }  bar-1810 cal googlecal-grey
BTC1820H  Biotechnology 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-grey
Business Series (BTC20x0)
BTC2030H  Management of Technological Innovation { Jan‑Apr }  bar-2030 cal googlecal-grey


The Electives (E)


 YEARS 1 & 2

Hybrid Series (BTC18x0)
BTC1860H  Generations of Advanced Medicine: Biologics in Therapy (GAMBiT) { Jan‑Apr }  bar-1860 cal googlecal-grey
Work Term Series (BTC19x0)
BTC1920Y  Work Term III { Sep‑Dec }  bar-1900 cal googlecal-grey
Business Series (BTC20x0)
BTC2040H  Change Management { Jan‑Apr }  bar-2040 cal googlecal-grey
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-grey
BTC2120H  Decision Analytics in Business, Healthcare & Management { Jan‑Apr }  bar-21x0 cal googlecal-grey
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-grey


Course Descriptions

All courses 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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)

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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)

Course Description:
The ‘Biopartnering’ seminar series is a program requirement for all MBiotech students — in both the Biopharma and Digital Health 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)

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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)

Course Description:
The course is designed to enable the students to gain 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 an industry setting. Students are expected to be complete two 4-month full-time work terms that has been coordinated by the course coordinator to ensure that the role, responsibilities and activities are at a graduate level. Credit-granting responsibilities reside with the course coordinator.

Required preparatory exercises and assignments must be completed in the Summer and Fall sessions, leading up to the start of the work term in Winter, in order for students to qualify for the first Work Term itself. These preparatory requirements can involve resume workshops, one-on-one meetings with the MBiotech staff, attendance at the annual Career Day and more.

Students in Work Term II may continue with the same employer from their first work term or with a new employer or department. Evaluation of students’ performance and their work experiences will be done in a manner similar to that of the first work placement. Students will receive a credit/no credit grade for their second work term.

Note: BTC1920Y, Work Term III is an optional elective course.

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

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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flag-2040BTC2040H Change Management { Elective }
Session: Winter
Instructor: Ann Armstrong
Credits: 0·5 (E)

Course Description:
Managing change well has long been considered a key leadership skill. Many organizations are experiencing significant rates of change now! Knowing about change management will provide you with a significant competitive advantage in your careers.
 
In this course, you will learn about some current models of change management as well as examples of change management done well and not. The course is interactive. Central to the course and your learning is participation in a sophisticated change simulation, used by universities, corporates, and non-profits, to let you experience change. You will create—and implement—a change plan that will help you develop not only your understanding of change models but will provide you with tactics that you can use in any future change management work.

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flag-imiIMI3001H  Biocommercial­isation I: Analysis of Technology Driven Innovation { Elective }
Session: Fall
Instructors: Duncan JonesTim Lee
Credits: 0·5 (E)

Course Description:
In this course through a series of lectures and case discussions, students learn about the formation, financing, and management of early-stage ventures especially as it relates to the (bio)technology and associated medical device space. Topics include opportunity identification and assessment, preclinical and clinical phases, regulatory procedures and pathways, legal issues including patents and venture finance. Students will each be required to select a young, publicly-traded company in which to complete an in-depth analysis, presentation and report.

Classes will be held every Monday from 6:30-8:30PM commencing on 13-Sep, 2021 and ending on 13-Dec, 2021. There will be no class on Monday, 11-Oct (Thanksgiving) nor on Monday, 15-Nov (Reading Week). Recommended preparation for this course: Three essays by Paul Graham, http://www.paulgraham.com/

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flag-imiIMI3003H  Biocommercial­isation II { Elective }
Session: Winter
Instructors: Duncan JonesTim Lee
Credits: 0·5 (E)

Course Description:
This course is a compliment to IMI3001, in which student teams are given the opportunity to learn more about the issues and opportunities facing early-stage (bio)technology ventures through direct experiences working on real projects for select early-stage firms within the community. This experiential learning involves working in teams on select, negotiated work packages in conjunction with the company founders in addition to mentoring by the instructors or TAs. This project work is supplemented with lectures covering practical and applied topics such as project management, client communications, research methods, patent searching and analysis, market research, competitive intelligence and financial modelling. The final assessment involves a presentation and client report.

Classes will be held Monday from 6:30-9:30PM commencing on 10-Jan, 2022 and ending on 4-Apr, 2022. There will be no class on Monday, 21-Feb (Family Day).

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

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