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Intro to Biotech

One-Week Summer Engineering Program

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This one-week program is for students interested in understanding the process of drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Students learn Synthetic Chemistry techniques through hands-on synthesis of a simple drug molecule, its isolation, and purification.

The program provides an introduction to the knowledge required for a potential career in the pharmaceutical industry.

The program allows students to learn Biotechnology in the center of one of the biggest pharmaceutical hot-spots in the nation. Our location gives the students the opportunity to engage in hands on experience and instruction from leading pharmaceutical and bio-tech professionals. This year we have lined up guest lectures from industry experts and a field trip to a biotech/pharma company.

Looking for a program more focused on engineering? Consider our three-week Biomedical Engineering. 


July 8 – 12, 2024 | Gann/Bentley, Waltham

August 5 – 9, 2024 | Olin/Wellesley, MA

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Dr. Aaron Bradford

Dr. Bradford completed his undergraduate education in Chemistry from the prestigious Colby College before earning his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Integrative Toxicology from Michigan State University. He followed this with postdoctoral research in cell and molecular neurobiology where he collaborated with teams at institutions such as Brown University and the Broad Institute. Dr. Bradford is currently a professor at Bentley University and Lesley University.

Student Comments

‘I really enjoyed the program and my teacher. I learned a lot during the program like how difficult it is to get a drug passed by the FDA or to even make a drug that works with no side effects…I also learned what a successful Biotech company needs like marketing and money.

‘I liked the demonstrations and hands-on experiments.The field trip was also fun. The teacher was very good and organized, but she still let us be independent for research and didn’t control our debate as a class (which is a good thing)’

‘I liked how we learned about the industry of biotechnology and the different roles that are played there. I also liked how we observed drug discovery and the process which surrounds it.’

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Note: this page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

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