Program Objectives

What You'll Gain

  • The advanced education, knowledge, technical and business expertise required to qualify for a wide range of biotechnology jobs
  • The skills to communicate scientific knowledge effectively and place it in a business context
  • Academic and intellectual growth through interactions with other graduate students, faculty, the university administration, the wider research community and the private sector
  • Training to become a competent, independent and creative researcher/manager who can integrate science and business perspectives
  • Biotechnology industry connections that reach far beyond Guelph
  • Entrepreneurial skills crucial to launching companies that commercialize innovations
  • Opportunities to do collaborative, real-world biotechnology research on campus with other graduate students and faculty
  • Skills that help address Canada’s shortage of researchers with biotechnology and business training

Strong Industry Connections

Our program faculty members conduct research for a wide variety of biotechnology companies including those specialized in nutraceuticals and natural health products. Many of our industry partners are companies founded and led by University of Guelph alumni. These companies cover a wide range of sectors. Here are just a few examples:

  • NuBiyota is developing and commercializing microbial ecosystems for therapeutic medical use
  • Escarpment Laboratories produces high-quality yeast cultures on an industrial scale for beer microbreweries
  • Mirexus Biotechnology has developed the world’s only safe and natural nanotechnology with applications including personal care and nutraceutical products
  • PlantForm Corporation has developed an innovative, low-cost manufacturing system for a wide range of plant-made pharmaceuticals

Industry Testimonials

Escarpment Labs

“MCB has been critical in helping us start and grow our business in multiple ways. After founding Escarpment Laboratories, a domestic yeast supplier for craft breweries, we were faced with a problem: we had isolated a number of wild yeasts from around Ontario, but had no way to rigorously test these yeasts in order to produce the data required to get truly new strains of yeast to market. Our solution was partnering with Dr. van der Merwe. In doing so, we were able to set up a pilot beer fermentation facility, with downstream analysis of beer through sensory panels as well as flavour metabolite analysis through the Advanced Analysis Centre. This project enables us to generate a pipeline of high quality data, which we can use to inform commercialization decisions.”

Richard Preiss
Escarpment Labs

Frontier Agri-Science Inc.

“The University of Guelph is a top university with state-of-the-art facilities and world-renowned researchers. Our interaction with Professor Steven Rothstein and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology over the past year has been key to advancing a particular research goal within our company. Aside from gaining access to the tremendous resources available at the University, you’ll more than likely gain ideas, excellent feedback and mentorship that is typically difficult to find for a small or medium-sized companies at such a high level.”

Julian Northey, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Frontier Agri-Science Inc.

PlantForm Corporation

“As our company continues to grow, PlantForm hopes to continue working with MCB faculty on research projects that will improve our company’s production processes and product pipeline, and we anticipate that the new Masters of Biotechnology program will become a source of ready-trained employees with valuable experience.”

Dr. Mike McLean
Director Research
PlantForm Corporation

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