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May 16, 2006

UCSD Launches Unique Program to Teach
the Science of Biotechnology to Business Professionals

By Keri Minehart

The University of California, San Diego today announced the launch of a unique program, “Biotechnology Demystified: The Science Behind the Business,” which will provide insight into the basic science behind the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The program is open to business professionals with a desire to understand the rapidly changing world of biotechnology and will run June 4-8 on the UC San Diego campus.

Through a collaborative effort among three UC San Diego departments— the Rady School of Management, Division of Biological Sciences and Extension’s Life Science Department— a team of world-class instructors were assembled from UC San Diego’s faculty and San Diego’s biotechnology industry leaders to provide participants with the tools necessary to thrive in the industry.

San Diego is widely known as one of the top biotech clusters in the United States, providing an environment that allows participants to immerse themselves in the industry, learning from top quality faculty and interacting with leaders in the biotech community.

“Biotechnology Demystified is a unique executive education program that combines the world-renowned science knowledge at UC San Diego, the business expertise at the Rady School and the San Diego practitioner’s experience of transforming innovation to commercial reality,” said Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan. “This venue gives participants an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best in the field.”

“By participating in Biotechnology Demystified, business professionals will benefit from UC San Diego’s highly ranked education programs,” said Dr. Eduardo Macagno, dean of the UCSD Division of Biological Sciences. “The university received top 10 rankings for its cell biology, genetics and biochemistry programs and for interdisciplinary programs in bioinformatics, neurosciences and neurobiology.”

“Scientific discoveries and new technology are altering the playing field and rewriting the rules of competition in biotechnology,” said Dr. Mary Walshok, dean of University Extension and associate vice chancellor of public programs. “A fundamental understanding of the science enables executives to effectively recognize commercial opportunities and position their companies for success.”

The five-day program will cover topics such as basic biochemistry, molecular biology, stem cell research and drug development. The optional laboratory class will provide participants with the opportunity to gain hands-on appreciation of the science.

One of the key lecturers for the program is Dr. Larry Goldstein, internationally recognized professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at UC San Diego. Dr. Goldstein is best known for his involvement in the passage of Proposition 71, the 2004 ballot initiative that committed $3 billion for stem cell research in California.

UCSD is a powerful magnet for those seeking a fresh, next-generation approach to education and research. Since its founding over four decades ago, UC San Diego— one of the 10 campuses in the world-renowned University of California system— has rapidly achieved the status as one of the top institutions in the nation for higher education and research. UC San Diego’s interdisciplinary ethos and tradition of innovation and risk-taking underlie its research strength and ability to recruit top scholars and students.

Media Contacts: Keri Minehart, (858) 534-0855

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