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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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Microbial Fermentation Workshop
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$200 Early Enrollment Discount Ends June 1! Don't miss this 3-day workshop designed to provide a deep dive into bioreactor operations for microbial fermentations and equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to optimize your processes.
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Environmental Policy Clinic
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Mondays, Jul. 13-Aug. 17
Don't miss this interactive training program! Learn to effectively engage in environmental policy, communication, and advocacy. Discover how to analyze current environmental policies, regulations, and legislation, identify issues of concern, assess alternatives, and develop policy priorities and recommendations.
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Explore the Biofuels Industry
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A 2014 analysis conducted by the San Diego Association of Governments’ economic bureau, reports the estimated economic impact of algae biotechnology research & manufacturing is approximately 1,020 jobs, $80 million dollars in wages, and over $175 million of economic output to the San Diego regional economy annually. Explore courses in this dynamic area.
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Mammalian Cell Culture Technology Workshop
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June 3-5
Developed in partnership with UC San Diego’s Center for Continuing Education in Biosciences (CCE|BIO),this 3-day workshop is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the performance of mammalian cell culture operations throughout the product and process life cycle from process development to full scale manufacturing under Good Manufacturing Practices.Learn more

Explore how SAS can be used across many industries
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SAS is a software suite used in the statistical analysis of data, data preparation, reporting, data mining and analytics. Explore "SAS Programming I: DATA Step and PROC Fundamentals" and "SAS Programming II: Advanced DATA Step Programming", both online this Summer.
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Biotechnology Project Management
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Specialized Certificate
The biotech industry has a distinct set of requirements for the project manager. The complex environment poses unique challenges. The Biotechnology Project Management Certificate is a joint program, developed in partnership with University of Washington Extension, giving you the practical, hands-on experience necessary to succeed. Next program begins in September 2015!
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