Industry Information

Program Description

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) and the College of Business and Economics (CBE) at the University of Guelph are offering a new Master of Biotechnology program. Students will take two semesters of courses in science, business and communications. In the third (and optional fourth) semesters, students will undertake a research project under faculty supervision.

The hands-on research project could include:

  • Conducting experiments in a faculty member’s laboratory
  • Conducting experiments in an industry laboratory, with oversight by a faculty member
  • Developing a business plan or commercialization plan under the supervision of a faculty member

How can an Industry Partner get involved with the program?

  • Be a guest lecturer in a science, business or communications course
  • Be a guest speaker at a student networking event
  • Host a site visit for students in the program
  • Collaborate with a U of G faculty member on a student research project

What does an Industry Partner need to know about research projects?

  • This is a course, not a co-op term. Industry partners do not pay a stipend or salary to the students.
  • Projects can be 4- or 8-months long.
  • Research can be conducted on the University campus, in external research/business facilities, or in a combination of both.
  • All students must have a University of Guelph faculty supervisor who oversees the project.
  • Students must present their work in a written report, as well as oral poster, at the end of the course.
  • Projects may be laboratory-based research projects or business projects involving the commercialization of innovation or business planning for the life sciences sector.
  • Projects must:
    • Be of interest to your company/organization
    • Involve hands-on research, analysis, or planning
    • Make a contribution to the industry
    • Provide students with employment skills relevant to the life sciences industry

What are the pathways for our graduating students?

  • Employment in the life science industry
  • Employment in non-profit/industry organizations, or the public sector
  • Continue graduate studies at the Ph.D. level
  • Start their own company

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