Best Practices 
in Biotechnology Education: 22 International Best Practices in K-12, College, Certificate, Master's, Doctoral, MBA, Distance Education Programs and Student Groups

Yali Friedman, Ph.D., Editor
First Edition, March 2008
Perfect Bound, 340 pages, US$74.95
ISBN: 978-0-9734676-7-3

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Editorial Reviews

this book reveals that a lot of imagination has gone into devising courses … for those contemplating setting up a course there are lots of ideas

Bioscience Education, June 2008


Yali Friedman

Biotechnology Entrepreneurship and Education: A South African Experience
Karl Kunert, Juan Vorster, Rachel Chikwamba, and Urte Schlüter

The Biotechnology Certificate Program at Ball State University
Carolyn Vann

The Colorado Bioentrepreneurship Program Fellowship
Arlen D. Meyers

Establishment of a Successful PSM Degree in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics and an Innovative MS Biotechnology and MBA Dual Degree Program
Ching-Hua Wang, Gary A. Berg, and William P. Cordeiro

A Model for Connecting Students and Teachers to the Biotechnology Industry Cluster in San Diego County
Sandra Slivka and Ashley Wildrick

Florida Community College at Jacksonville's Biotechnology Laboratory Technology and Bioinformatics Programs
R. Kevin Pegg

UC Davis Biotechnology Program
Judith A. Kjelstrom and Denneal Jamison-McClung

University of New South Wales Diploma in Innovation Management
Wallace Bridge and Laurence Osen

The University of Calgary Master of Biomedical Technology Program
Melissa Belluz, Wendy Hutchins, Kent Hecker, and Derrick Rancourt

Creating 'Business-savvy' Bioscientists at the University of Auckland
Joerg Kistler, Wendell Dunn, Claire McGowan, and Geoff Whitcher

Masters of Science in Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Program: One of the Professional Master's in Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Programs at Case Western Reserve University
Christopher A Cullis

An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Biotechnology Program at the University of Houston
Rupa Iyer

Distance Education
Richard Conroy

Moorpark College Biotechnology Program in Industrial Manufacturing
Marie Panec

Johns Hopkins Biotechnology Education: An Integrated Program of Multiple Degrees, Concentrations, and Collaborations
Lynn Johnson Langer

The University of Toronto Master of Biotechnology Program: A New Model for Graduate Education in Biotechnology
Leigh Revers and R. Scott Prosser

Columbia University M.A. Biotechnology Program
Carol S. Lin

Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing at the Community College of Baltimore County: Integrating Research and Production
Thomas J. Burkett

The Role of the Regional Biotechnology Center: The Development of an Emerging Convergent Technology as Curriculum
James Harber

Biotechnology in Emerging Technologies: A Case Study
Linnea Fletcher

The Professional Master of Bioscience Program at Keck Graduate Institute
Jane G. Tirrell and T. Gregory Dewey

Carolina Student Biotechnology Network
Jessica R. McCann, Shantanu Sharma, Brant Hamel, and Justin T. Brown

Best Practices in Biotechnology Education
22 International Best Practices in K-12, College, Certificate, Master's, Doctoral, MBA, Distance Education Programs and Student Groups



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Cities, states, provinces, and countries around the world are aggressively developing strategies and initiatives to develop local biotechnology industries to boost their exports, to realize increased tax revenues through more high-paying jobs, and to encourage spillover into and synergies with other high-technology areas.

Developing, attracting, and retaining a workforce to support biotechnology is a challenge in any location. Whether the motivation is to leverage existing resources such as diverse plant and animal species, to commercialize scientific discoveries from an existing research base, or to leverage an existing commercialization infrastructure, the challenge remains the same:

    Biotechnology industries need interdisciplinary workers who understand the diverse factors impacting the biotechnology industry and who can manage the development and growth of biotechnology companies
Best Practices in Biotechnology Education answers this call with clear guidance on key issues such as curriculum planning, student recruitment, funding, connecting with workforce needs, measuring performance and efficacy, and developing student clubs.

Best Practices in Biotechnology Education is directed at faculty seeking to start or expand biotechnology education programs; policy-makers and economic developers seeking to help meet workforce needs; and, students, scientists, and business professionals looking to enter the industry or upgrade their existing skills.

The cases herein describe a wide variety of programs from high school through Ph.D. programs. Some are in their first years, whereas others are quite mature and have diversified to offer myriad degree and certificate options. There is also strong international representation, with programs from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States.