Become BioLingual

Work in the Biotech Industry

The BioLingual program is a 4-week intensive that enables MBAs and engineers to gain an understanding of the science and the language behind Biotech in order to work in this emerging field. 

What You Gain

The Biolingual program will help you get practical learning opportunities through interactive activities during the live sessions, learn how the latest technologies can be used to engineer biological solutions within a given problem-set, and develop your network and meet startups and biotech scientists looking for co-founders and team members.

Active Learning & Workshops
Hands-On Analysis
Networking & Job Opportunities

We are witnessing the rapid emergence of the bioeconomy revolution that is set to define the next decades with innovations in synthetic biology, genomics, biological engineering, and much more. There’s a blue ocean of opportunities to work in this field.”

Xavier-Henri Hervé, Founder & Executive Director of District 3

Our Program

The program is composed of 8 units offered online via live stream; each unit spans 2-hours with 30 minutes dedicated to interactive activities, moderated by the instructors. The program will culminate with a speed networking session with biotech scientists and founders looking for team members for their startups.

What is synthetic biology?
Gene expression
Enzymes and enzymatic pathways
Introduction to anatomy and physiology
Introduction to immunology
Future of translational research in biotech

Meet the Team

Christopher Gregg, Ph.D
Course Instructor
Christopher Gregg, Ph.D
Course Instructor

Instructor, Biolingual Program 

Christopher is currently the coordinator of the Biology department at Vanier College. He is very passionate about bringing interesting research opportunities to students and received funding to work on projects in collaboration with some of his former colleagues at Concordia University and McGill University. Christopher continues to be rewarded by a career that allows him to bring the world of Biology into focus for students. Through his role as an instructor for the Biolingual program, he is training participants on the fundamentals of biology to help them get involved in Biotech.

Christopher completed his graduate work at Concordia University in the lab of Dr. Vladimir Titorenko. His thesis studied certain metabolic changes that lead to lifespan extension in eukaryotic cells on a calorie-restricted diet, which was published in the Journal of Cell Biology. After a brief but rewarding post-doc in the lab of Dr. Vincent Martin, Christopher was hired to teach at Vanier College.

Houda Jawhar
Instructional Designer
Houda Jawhar
Instructional Designer

Instructional Designer, District 3

Houda Jawhar designs and develops learning experiences at District 3 to help entrepreneurs acquire entrepreneurial knowledge, skills, and competencies effectively to move along the startup journey faster and better. Houda is passionate about innovative and disruptive pedagogies and the implementation of learning analytics to design learning experiences that impact individuals and their businesses.  

Prior to District 3, Houda completed an MA in Educational Technology at Concordia University and was actively involved in the maker and innovation ecosystem at Concordia, studying how individuals develop and advance skills that are pertinent to the 21st century by collaborating with others across the ecosystem. Before that, she completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing where she worked as a neonatal intensive care unit nurse and as a nursing educator. She worked closely with multidisciplinary healthcare teams to evaluate and improve quality and safety guidelines and policies in clinical settings. She designed, developed, and facilitated learning experiences for future nurses and supervised and trained 300+ nursing students across various clinical settings.

Michael Mee, Ph.D
Course Instructor
Michael Mee, Ph.D
Course Instructor

Principal, Amplitude Ventures

Michael is a firm believer that the biggest impacts of the age of biotechnology are yet to be discovered. He is passionate about providing the necessary capital and entrepreneurial insights to pull visions of the future into reality. Having completed a Bachelor of Biosource Engineering from McGill University, he went on to a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University.

Michael formerly worked at Flagship Pioneering, based in conceiving, founding and building novel platform companies. He then went on to become the co-founder of Sana Biotechnology, a startup focused on creating and delivering engineered cells and gene therapies as medicines. At Amplitude, Michael aims to build world-class Canadian companies in precision medicine and next-generation medical devices.


Who is eligible?

You are eligible if you have completed or are currently completing an MBA or an engineering degree. You must be willing to commit a minimum of 7 hours per week.

What is the length and time commitment of the program?

The program is from July 6-29, 2020. The live sessions will be held online on Mondays and Wednesday from 7-9 pm.

What are the fees associated with the program?

The only cost is an administrative fee of $20 due upon admittance to the program.

Do I need a background in biology to participate?

No, this program does not require any preliminary knowledge in the field.

Will I earn a certificate or credit for completing the program?

This program does not give you credits towards your degree, but you will receive a certificate of completion.