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.

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.

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.

The College of Engineering, in cooperation with the School of Business, has launched a new program offering interdisciplinary training in the rapidly evolving field of biomedical engineering product development. Supporting careers at the interface of engineering and business, this program provides both a flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum to address many needs. Students will learn in project-based classes and gain advanced knowledge in design, prototyping, and manufacturing as well as general business fundamentals, entrepreneurship, and project management.