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Forward BIO Institute: Innovators in Training Program

The Forward BIO Institute’s Innovators in Training program expands on graduate and post-graduate preparation, providing experiential-based training in skills necessary to successfully transition into the entrepreneurial and technology development workforce.


Contemporary biotechnology innovation necessitates interdisciplinary training

The Forward BIO Institute’s Innovators in Training program serves existing doctoral candidates or postdoctoral trainees who wish to augment their technical training with experiential-based training in skills necessary to successfully transition into the entrepreneurial and technology development workforce

In addition to understanding how advanced biotechnology products are discovered and developed, the next generation of scientists and engineers must understand how they are manufactured at scale, assessed for consistency, regulated by governmental agencies, and marketed for commercial use. The core elements of the IIT program consist of educational seminars and training in the skillsets necessary to successfully engage across the technology ecosystem spanning business, legal, regulatory, and scientific expertise. Importantly, these skills are readily transferable to the trainees’ ongoing research efforts and serve to connect trainees to a larger continuum of opportunities.

Expand and Hone an Expansive Knowledgebase

  • Obtain a comprehensive understanding of how to translate technology from concept to clinic
  • Utilize current field expertise in real-world applications within interdisciplinary teams
  • Expand subject matter expertise through cross-campus collaborations
  • Learn to contextualize and communicate across the spectrum of stakeholders

Participate in Unique Career Opportunities

  • Engage with the Institute’s workforce development programs to promote and advance training
  • Become educated regarding best practices through our industry seminar series
  • Synthesize new connections with diverse units on campus, as well as external organizations

Forge Connections at Events and Engagements with Our Industry Partners

  • Showcase research at Institute events, consortium meetings, and round-table discussions
  • Network with industry leaders, stakeholders, and entrepreneurs across the Madison entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Connect to internship and career placement opportunities via strategic interactions with our Industry Partners
  • Cultivate relationships which support trainee career goals and expand research interests



Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Workforce Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Placement
  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Training

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Life Sciences Development
  • Science/Bioscience Seminars


  • Formal Mentoring Programs

Networking and Associations

  • Industry Specific

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development

Regulatory Compliance

  • International Regulatory Compliance
Primary ContactPhilip Keegan
AddressM1050A Engineering Centers Building
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone(608) 262-6099