Dual Degree for Biotechnology Management
new dual degree program in business and biotechnology was recently
announced. Students will earn an MBA from Wharton and a Master's
of Biotechnology, which is jointly offered by SEAS and SAS.
with Wharton's participation in our Biotechnology Program,
we can serve business managers who seek in-depth biotechnology
training. Such training is an increasing need in today's biotechnology
business world in which smart business decisions are often
driven by a fundamental grasp of modern molecular biology,
from pharmacogenomics to drug discovery," says Dr. Scott
L. Diamond, director of the Biotechnology Program.
the collaboration of its three sponsoring schools--Wharton,
the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences--the
dual degree Biotechnology Management Program is uniquely positioned
to supply such training. Dr. Diamond explains, "Where
else can an MBA student look at DNA microarray data in the
morning and learn about biotechnology licensing in the afternoon?--only
at Penn and particularly at Wharton."
the growing interest in the business applications of biotechnology,
this is a critical time to establish this multi-disciplinary
dual-degree program," says Wharton School Dean Patrick
Harker. "Students will get a solid grounding in the core
business disciplines to prepare them for leadership in emerging
bioscience industries. The program will benefit from the work
of Wharton's William and Phyllis Mack Center for Technological
Innovation and our extensive entrepreneurial course offerings."
how viable this new dual degree is, immediately after the program
was announced, several students enrolled. Even before collaborating
with Wharton, the Biotechnology Program, which began in 1997,
has offered specialized tracks in Molecular Biology, Bio-pharmaceutics,
Bioinformatics and Biomedical Technologies. It has grown to
be one of the largest biotechnology master's degree programs
in the U.S. This fall, with an enrollment of more than 100
students combined in all its tracks, the Master of Biotechnology,
provides a source of talent for the region.
more information on the Master of Biotechnology Program, see www.upenn.edu/biotech.
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 12, November 12, 2002