This groundbreaking Bachelor-Master program unites passions for discovery research and the desire to understand its role in commerce.

Combines specializations for

Multifaceted Training

Opens doors to

Diverse Employment Opportunities

Offers a

Competitive Edge in the Biomedical Field
Professor Eric Brown


 From the Director

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization (BDC) program.  The multidisciplinary training program, concentrated in the biomedical sciences, equips graduates with strong discovery research skills, business acumen and a meaningful experiential connection to Health Sciences related sectors. This innovative ‘4+1’ Bachelor – Master program provides a unique entry point – level III of undergraduate studies – for students in the Health, Life, and Physical Sciences. Students in other programs may also be eligible to apply, depending on their educational background.

The BDC program provides students with both bachelor and masters level training at the interface of biomedical science, business and the health sciences sector.  Students receive intensive training in the biomedical sciences as well as essential business skills and street smarts.  The program prides itself on incorporating career development in the curriculum, providing routine occasions for reflection and mentorship by leaders in the community sector.  Further, a commitment among teaching faculty to active and team-based learning offers a remarkable training environment.

The undergraduate program begins in level III and emphasizes biomedical science courses while integrating key business elements with commerce courses.  Most all of these courses are purpose-built to expose students to real-world problems and thinking in modern drug discovery and development.  Students continue this in level IV while doing an intensive senior thesis in the biomedical sciences.  The graduate year builds on this training with MBA courses, new venture planning, career development skills and includes a four to eight-month internship in the pharmaceutical, therapeutic, biotechnology and consulting sectors.

I am thrilled to note that our masters graduates are successful in securing post-graduate employment in their field of study, which is a direct testament of the valuable skills and knowledge they acquired throughout the program. It’s an exciting time for the BDC program and I look forward to the journey ahead and seeing our students become leaders in their chosen field.

Eric Brown, Program Director, Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

These are the skills needed to thrive in the pharmaceutical, therapeutic, consulting and biotech sectors

The Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization (BDC) program is a limited enrollment offering by the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences with key contributions from the DeGroote School of Business. The training program encompasses level III and IV of undergraduate studies as well as a 12-month course-based Masters program. The latter includes a four to eight-month internship in health sciences related sectors.

This limited enrollment program affords a unique educational experience for students seeking first-rate training in the biomedical sciences with an emphasis on drug discovery and development. Advanced training in biomedical discovery comes from accomplished research faculty who provide individual mentorship in cutting-edge research investigations, and award-winning professors in the DeGroote School of Business instruct students in the fundamentals of commerce. At the nexus of science and business, the program reaches out in an extraordinary way to the commercial health sciences sector for its participation, both as guest lecturers in the classroom and as mentors in the community. 

In all, innovative educational methods using experiential, inquiry and team based learning approaches are a hallmark for this exciting program. Thus, students will benefit from a vanguard, multi-disciplinary educational experience aimed at positioning graduates for career success in health sciences related sectors.


 Learn more about BDC from our students and industry partners.


 What are people saying about BDC?

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Canada is very enthusiastic about McMaster’s  program in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization. It’s a privilege frankly to contribute as community mentors because we are supportive of drug discovery and passionate about developing future scientists, with the goal of improving patient outcomes with rare diseases. This is an exciting opportunity to help in the learning process.

Paul PetrelliGeneral Manager of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Canada

We’re very excited about the opportunity to work with McMaster’s Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization program. The team members at Bloom Burton & Co. have deep knowledge across many areas such as science, commercialization, business, investments and drug development. We see BDC students as future colleagues, and are enthusiastic to participate as mentors.

Brian BloomPresident of Bloom Burton & Co