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San Diego's biotechnology pharmaceutical industries are exciting and dynamic growth sectors in the California economy. With this expansion comes ongoing challenges and the need for innovation.

UC San Diego Extension offers a broad array of courses and certificate programs to meet the continuing education needs of the life sciences community, support high-level skills development for industry professionals and career transition for those interested in entering the biotechnology field.

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Mammalian Fermentation
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April 30-May 2, 2014
This 3-day workshop is designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of the performance of mammalian cell culture operations throughout the product and process lifecycle from process development to full scale manufacturing under current Good Manufacturing Practices.

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In Vitro Diagnostics Product Development
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May 9 & 10, 2014
As biotech and In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) companies mature, the need for professionals with a broad understanding of the skills required to be effective in a biological product development environment will increase. In this course, learn the requirements for moving an IVD product from concept to regulatory approval and market launch..
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New! SAS Programming
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Specialized Certificate
The versatility and power of SAS is excellent for meeting the increasing needs of data scientists. You will find this statistical package in almost every industry. Learning SAS is a huge asset. This hands-on certificate program give you a deeper understanding of this powerful statistical programming language.
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FREE Climate Change Course
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Developed and taught by four world-renowned scientists at UC San Diego and Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO), this free, massive open online course (MOOC) will review climate change from a variety of perspectives. Continuing education credit is available for nominal fee. Next course starts in April!
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Explore Biofuels!
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Explore two new certificate programs focusing on Biofuels. The programs will give a comprehensive view of the landscape of biofuels research and production.

  • Biofuels Processes (Online program)
  • Biofuels Science (Hybrid program with 3-week laboratory component)

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