The Forward BIO Institute is dedicated to training the next generation of leaders in Wisconsin’s biomanufacturing industry by establishing innovative educational programs that teach both biomanufacturing and relevant business concepts.

Innovators in Training

Targeted to existing doctoral candidates or postdoctoral trainees, the Forward BIO Institute has established the Innovators in Training program. The core elements of our program expand on the participants’ graduate and post-graduate preparation, enabling their transition into the entrepreneurial and technology development workforce by providing experiential-based training in skills necessary to successfully engage across the technology ecosystem spanning business, legal, regulatory, and scientific expertise.

Master of Science Degree in Biomanufacturing Innovation

The Forward BIO Institute is establishing a new master’s degree program in biomanufacturing innovation at UW-Madison. The program will have a hands-on emphasis, including course content in internship preparation, bioentrepreneurship, biotechnology development, and biomanufacturing. Research projects will focus on understanding industry dynamics and translating new technologies into products with potential for broad societal impact.

Career Enhancement Opportunity Program

The Career Enhancement Opportunity program facilitates mentored career exploration for graduate students in biotechnology fields by providing internship opportunities in career environments outside of academic research. In partnership with the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center, Institute-supported efforts will expand the program to engage a broader range of students throughout UW-Madison, and at partner institutions across the U.S., in preparation for understanding and solving problems in biomanufacturing-related industries.