MBA 505: Genomics for Business

This course is a unique experiment at the intersection of state-of-the-art technology and business. Drawing on the world-class research in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), and taught by faculty from both IGB and the College of Business, the course will be based on a foundation of breakthrough developments in genomic biology.  Using this basis, the course will cover the opportunities for business in addressing some of the most pressing grand challenges facing society today. 

The course will be interactive and hands-on, with students working in groups taking on the role of an entrepreneurial startup.  They will use cutting-edge research and technology to develop a product (good or service) as well as a business plan. Additionally, students will complete a number of individual assignments about genomic technology and business and participate in a Code-a-Thon involving rapid idea generation and business plan development.

Genomics forTM Business Applications will drive a number of important outcomes for students:

Develop a practical, working understanding of genomic science, Understand the diverse commercial implications of genomics, and Translate the technical understanding of genomic science to applications in business.

The course meets on Tuesdays from 12:30-3:20pm during the 2nd 8-weeks of this semester in 3039 BIF. This is taught by Professor Madhu Viswanathan and Dr. Gene Robinson, Director of the Institute for Genomic Biology.

For more info, contact:

Nadine L. Gleason

Associate Director, Illinois MBA Student & Academic Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2019 Business Instructional Facility, 515 East Gregory Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

217-333-4241 fax: 217-333-1156