Masters in Biomedical Technology

The MBT curriculum is both diverse and practical, opening doors to several career paths in biotech. 

Where Business and Science Intersect

The Master of Biomedical Technology program (MBT) is an innovative one-year-long, course-based, professional degree program that provides students with an education in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.  MBT curriculum is both diverse and practical, opening doors to several career paths in biotech. 

 As an MBT student you will complete 8 months of business and science courses and 12 weeks of paid industry work experience.  Team work is embodied throughout the MBT curriculum to prepare for the interdisciplinary team culture of the biotech industry.  The knowledge, technical skills, soft skills and experience acquired during the year will enable you to bridge from the academic to the corporate world.

Mission

To provide education and practical experience in basic science disciplines related to biotechnology, and communication and business skills required for successful careers in biotechnology.

Industry Partners

Full List of MBT Partners

Career Opportunities

Careers in Biotechnology are varied and rewarding.  For more information about the biotech industry, check out the following:

Internship/Practicum placement inquiries can be sent to our Employer Relations Coordinator, Dr. Zenobia Ali.

Information Brochure

Course-based Program

The MBT is a one year program that combines courses in basic biomedical sciences with training in business aspects such as scientific, market, patent & financial analysis.

All students are considered full-time.

MBT/MBA Joint Degree Program

The MBT program offers a joint degree with the Haskayne School of Business' MBA program. Students interested in this option would need to apply to both the MBT and MBA programs and gain admission into both to be eligible.

There is no requirement for which year you take MBT courses, and which year you take MBA courses, but you would start with one program's requirements to start, and upon completion of those, you would move on to the other program's requirements.

Students who take the joint MBT/MBA program have a reduction in their MBA course load (2 courses). There is no reduction in course load for the MBT portion.

For questions about the MBA program contact amanda.ramsey@ucalgary.ca

MDBT course inquiries can be emailed to cmschill@ucalgary.ca

Aggie Chan
Graduate Program Administrator
mbtgrad@ucalgary.ca
Phone: 403.220.8306
Fax: 403.210.8109

Sabiha Zaman
Operations Manager and Alumni Engagement
snzaman@ucalgary.ca

Dr. Zenobia Ali
Employer Relations Coordinator
zali@ucalgary.ca

Dr. Janice Braun
Graduate Program Director
braunj@ucalgary.ca


 

Business Pitch Winners

2019 Winners

First Place: Rachel Livergant -- recipient of the Dr. Ron Mathison MBT Graduate Scholarship

Second Place: Fraser Osiowy

Third Place: Reid Collins

2018 Winners

First Place: Aiofe Collins

Second Place: Owen Mushisha

Third Place: Tyler Chudiak

2017 Winners

First Place: Virginia Goetz

Second Place: Nikki Gee

Third Place: Gavin Naicker

Student Association


2019-2020 Executive Committee

MBT GSA 2019-2020

MBT GSA 2019-2020

President: Sydney Toutant (smtoutan@ucalgary.ca)

VP Finance: Alessandra Bosco (alessandra.bosco@ucalgary.ca)

VP Social Affairs: John William Harrison (johnwilliam.harrison@ucalgary.ca)

VP Academic Affairs: Nadia Narendran (nadia.narendran2@ucalgary.ca)

VP ExternalRacheal Githumbi (racheal.githumbi@ucalgary.ca)

MBT Class of 2007, Lisa Allen Scott 

MBT Class of 2004, Fabrizio Chiacchia

MBT Class of 2002, Sabiha Zaman

MBT Class of 2001, Chad Walton

"The MBT Program has been one of my favorite educational and professional development experiences in my career thus far. Something that stood out to me in comparison with other educational programs I’ve attended was it’s remarkably practical and hands on nature. Students are given the tools needed to assess new research/technologies, and critically evaluate their scientific merit and commercialization potential. With these tools in hand, you then get to apply them on your own entrepreneurial journey to create a novel technology and surrounding business model. I found this experience invigorating because I was challenged in a new way and I had the freedom to be creative and produce an idea I was truly proud of. Presenting my novel technology at the end of year business pitch to a room full of academics and industry professionals refined my ability to answer tough questions on the spot and heighted my confidence speaking to them on their level. In addition to fostering academic rigor, the program also provides an opportunity for personal and professional development. I found the block week activities associated with the program helped me learn more about my strengths and weaknesses as well as how I can best translate them into career opportunities. The diverse and friendly MBT alumni network allowed me to conduct informational interviews with a variety of professionals in different fields and I was able to clearly see what my options for career development looked like. Ultimately, the MBT program was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend it for students who are motivated to grow both academically and professionally."

~ Virginia Goetz, MBT 2018

 

"The Master of Biomedical Technology (MBT) program exposes students to a diverse curriculum, opening doors to several career paths. Over the first eight months of the program, the MBT provides foundations in the quintessential components necessary for developing a novel healthcare product or therapy from discovery to commercialization. The integration of self-directed, literature-based learning with lecture-style classes allowed students to develop a deeper appreciation for topics that interested them the most. Graduates of the MBT program offer a unique set of inter-disciplinary skills to the workforce because of the range of topics with which they become familiar.

My personal experience with the MBT was highlighted by the opportunity to learn more about clinical development, finance and business development – topics I was never exposed to in a Microbiology and Immunology undergraduate degree. The hands-on learning approach and professional development aspects of the program gave me the skills and confidence to initiate contact, through cold calls, with a company that fits well with my future career aspirations. After completing the program, I feel a stronger sense for my career direction, and I feel confident that the combination of my past experiences and the skills that I have gained from the MBT program will position me favorably throughout my career."

~ Rod Vafaei, MBT 2017

 

"The Master of Biomedical Technology (MBT) program is as unique as it is career-oriented and up-to-date on the latest technologies in the medical field. This program has a specific focus on the various stages of drug and medical device development. These include the discovery process in the laboratory, clinical trials and regulations, and commercialization of products. In addition, business aspects are also taught including the financial components of starting up a biotechnology company. This knowledge has already proven to be very useful to me in my career path.

During the MBT program, students worked on an independent project that involved designing a novel technology. I chose to create a new drug for a neurological disease that has no current treatment and that is inherited in my family - Charcot Marie Tooth. I found the experience of conducting in-depth research on a topic of such relevance extremely rewarding. Students then made a hypothetical company surrounding their new technology, drafted a business plan, and conducted a business pitch. This business pitch was similar to the television show 'Dragon's Den' where students presented their product and company financials to a panel of mock Venture Capitalists in order to secure investments. This project was a great example of how MBT combines both science and business in the curriculum.

After the academic term, students are required to partake in a three-month internship in the summer. I was hired by Genome Alberta as a Program Coordinator. The MBT program developed my networking, presentation and science writing skills in addition to enhancing my knowledge on the topics of intellectual property, genomic science and business analyses. These were all critical components in my internship. The MBT program prepared me for the field of biotechnology, which allowed me to succeed in my internship and I was subsequently offered full-time employment.

The MBT is a great program that provides practical knowledge and internship experience that is valuable for students to begin their career path."

~ Adrianna Clapp, MBT 2013

 

"This program takes a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching, and ensures the learner has, at the end of the program, a solid foundation of knowledge in both the underlying scientific components as well as the business aspects of the Biotech Industry. By combining classroom learning with practical experience, students are well prepared to enter into any area of the Industry.  Coming from a science background myself, I found the ability of the MBT program to teach practical business concepts, and the quick application of these concepts to be very effective for learning. I felt very prepared to enter into the Industry at the end of my MBT practicum, and with the strong networking skills the MBT program allowed me to cultivate, I was able to search out and secure job opportunities that were relevant to my interests."

~Carolyn Graham, MBT 2012

 

"Biomedical research shapes and saves lives, but sharing it with the world requires business savvy. The University of Calgary’s MBT program provides me with a unique opportunity to marry both elements for the betterment of society. By coupling an understanding of the mechanics and culture of business, with my undergraduate studies and research experience, I will be in a unique position to develop new biomedical technologies into viable business opportunities.”

~ Aileen Cormican, MBT 2007

 

“…Having ten plus years of university education in the field of biological science and engaged in molecular biological research for another three years, I have witnessed that biotechnology becomes deeply involved in every aspect of human health and well-being. My strong interest in harnessing the unlimited power of biotechnologies to improve the quality of human life prompted me to pursue my career in the field of biotechnology commercialization and business development; the MBT program has been at the forefront in assisting me to do this.”

~ Frank Su, MBT 2005

 

"I think that without the MBT program, I would not have been able to carry out my current work and future planning. You can say my foundation has become very solid due to the MBT program coupled with my previous work and experience. If someone wants to pursue a career as a scientist, they can get into a more intensive Ph.D. program after the MBT. As well, many of my colleagues used this program to boost their credentials in order to get into medical school. A few of us chose to pursue a business career in biotechnology and intellectual property or quality assurance. I think this program is a hit due to its revolutionary and unique approach rather than a strict, single track philosophy, and, in my opinion, it should stay this way."

~ Kuldeep Singh, DVM, MBT 2003

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