Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology


Biotechnology is one of the region’s most promising, exciting and fastest-growing industries, and evolves through rapidly changing technologies, techniques and applications.

Concentration in Biopharmaceutical Process Development

This concentration is designed to prepare biotechnology students for a variety of technical careers in biomanufacturing. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and emphasizes inquiry, laboratory- and pilot-plant scale based learning, and team building. A primary learning outcome of the BPD concentration is to provide students with the basic professional skills to operate effectively in technical entry-level roles in biomanufacturing. Students also gain an understanding of the regulatory environment in which biomanufacturing operates. The curriculum prides itself on the team-based projects that pervade the courses and a focus on communication and teamwork skills, consistent with the learning outcomes for the courses, is evident as the students are required to demonstrate both written and oral presentation skills throughout the curriculum. Upon satisfactory completion of this concentration, either a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Biotechnology with Concentration in Biopharmaceutical Process Development is granted by Thomas Jefferson University.

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Why Thomas Jefferson University?

The Jefferson Biotechnology Program Prepares Students for Their Careers

Your education at Jefferson will prepare you to be an adaptable and knowledgeable scientist. Throughout the program, you will experience cutting-edge training with nationally recognized faculty. Jefferson Biotechnology students:

· Practice in clinical, academic, or industrial laboratory environments during their four months of practicum/internship experience. Practicum/internship positions are established for the student by the faculty and are based on individual student career interests

· Gain skills through a broad range of biotechnology-based courses with hands-on laboratory instruction, participation in the Biotechnology Research Program, and practicum/internship experiences providing you with the diverse research experiences that appeal to prospective employers.

· Communicate and work effectively with other biotechnology professionals through Jefferson’s interprofessional education curriculum.

· Learn flexibility and adaptability through collaborative projects conducted in innovative environments.


The job placement rates are very high for Biotechnology graduates, due to significant expansion of the biotechnology field in medical and commercial settings. Nearly 100% of our graduates are currently employed and/or attending graduate or professional school.

Here are some examples of careers available to Biotechnology graduates:

Academic Research


Pharmaceutical Industry

Biotechnology Industry

Healthcare and Medical Technology

Biomedical Engineering

Forensic Science

Bioprocessing (Antibody and Protein Therapy, Vaccine Production)


Agriculture Industry (Plant Sciences)

Fermentation Science

Energy industry (Biofuels)

Biochemical and Chemical Engineering

Environmental Monitoring

Quality Control and Quality Assurance