The Biotechnology Training Program at Northwestern University, which is funded by a grant from NIGMS (T32 GM008449), supports a series of core activities for training a select group of students. Yet, these activities have also served to nucleate the biotechnology community and provide numerous training opportunities for the Northwestern community. The program stresses the interdisciplinary nature of biotechnology training through course work, research, industrial internships, seminars and other opportunities that broaden the students’ training in and understanding of modern biotechnology. The emphasis lies primarily with the technical aspects of biotechnology, though the students are exposed to organizational and ethical aspects of the biotechnology enterprise, professionalism, and opportunities for trainees to enhance their understanding of the industry. Successful research and training in biotechnology requires collaborations among researchers working in diverse areas, a strength of the Northwestern environment. In this spirit, this program brings together faculty and trainees from engineering, life sciences, and chemistry that represent multiple schools and departments within the University.