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About the Biotechnology Project Management Program

During this trying time brought on by COVID-19, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. All courses within this certificate program are offered entirely in an online asynchronous format.

The biotech industry has a distinct set of requirements for the project manager. Managing various discovery, development, testing and manufacturing processes within a highly-regulated and creative environment poses unique project management challenges, not usually covered in foundation curriculum or traditional industry experience. Developing new biotechnology and pharmaceutical products is an extremely complex and highly regulated process. Specialized, highly trained project managers play an essential role in shepherding these valuable products through the pipeline and bringing them successfully to market.

Seattle and San Diego are two west coast centers of the biotechnology industry with the ability to address this professional challenge. The joint online Biotech Project Management Specialized Certificate Program through UC San Diego Extension and University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education is intended for product managers, manufacturing managers, quality managers and scientific, clinical research or regulatory specialists engaged in biotech product design, development and control. The program is ideal for individuals who are trying to move into the biotech industry by learning project management processes for completing and delivering a biotech product within budget and on schedule.

In this four-course online certificate program, we’ll cover the product development process from start to finish. You’ll explore the key skills needed for project management within the biotech environment from a clinical, technical and regulatory perspective. Then you’ll practice applying this knowledge to the biotech and drug development life cycle. Get prepared to make an impact in this exciting, rapidly changing field.


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Tuesday, June 29, 2021 
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To apply, you must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in a scientific major
  • Two years of biotech or pharmaceutical industry experience or research experience

The Autumn program begins in September 2021.To apply, please visit the University of Washington's Biotechnology Project Management certificate website.

Format: Online


Estimated Cost: $5,140

does not include required textbooks

Duration: 9 months

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Required Courses - University of Washington

Project Management Standards & ProcessesPTNR-UW901

Units: 0.00


This course introduces formal Project Management techniques and applies them to biotechnology projects. You will learn the foundational skills and best practices for successful project management and...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Biotechnology Project CapstonePTNR-UW902

Units: 0.00


In the Capstone course, students apply knowledge learned to create a Project Management Plan for a biotech product. This ~100 page document will contain the key documents which define a Project, incl...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Required Courses - UC San Diego Extension

Project Management within a Scientific/Research EnvironmentBUSA-40693

Units: 2.00


Biotechnology companies, universities and research institutions are driven by a constant need to push the frontiers of our understanding of life processes and their translation into therapeutic produc...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Applying Project Management Principles to Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Product DevelopmentBUSA-40694

Units: 4.00


Life science industries are very complex and require the management of large portfolios and programs which ultimately lead to the discovery and development of innovative therapeutic products. The umbr...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Meet the Instructors

Yves Theriault, PhD, PMP

YvesTheriault-Photo-12-2020-v2-(2).jpgYves has a much-diversified background which includes multi-disciplinary expertise in the fields of life sciences, nanotechnology, systems engineering, pharmaceutical and biotechnology strategic product research and development, leadership, organizational performance, strategic program and project management. He is Program Manager for Education and Outreach Programs at the UC San Diego-based Qualcomm Institute (QI). At QI, he develops and implements educational programs focused on convergence education at the vertex of science, technology, and society. He also develops and teaches courses involving highly integrated multidisciplinary science and engineering program and project management, leadership in the science and technology environments, and nanotechnology convergence and its multiple distributive applications.

Bart Staker, PhD

Bart-Staker.PNGBart Staker has more than 15 years of project management experience in both industry and academia. He has been a founding partner in three biotech startups and managed projects as part of a contract research organization. Staker is currently a project manager at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and has a passion for applying project management principles to product development in biotechnology. He has a Ph.D in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in biology from the University of Washington.

Certificate Guidelines

Participants will take two online courses developed and offered by UW Professional and Continuing Education and two biotech courses offered from UC San Diego Extension. When students complete all 4 courses, they will receive a UW-UCSD joint certificate.

Special Notes

Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis. Estimated tuition for the program is $5,140 excluding textbooks.

Advisory Board

Sylvia Chang, MBA

Senior Director, Program Manager

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.

Sanjiv Erat, PhD

Associate Professor

UC San Diego, Rady School of Management

Sara Hudson, PhD, PMP

Director of Project Management

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

George Smith, PhD, MBA, PMP

Pharmaceutical Project Management, Scientific Operations

Business Development and Strategy, Quintiles

Yves Theriault, PhD, PMP

Vice President, Portfolio & Project Management

BlueNovo Biosystems, Inc.

Saeid Yazdani,, MBA, PMP

Global Head of Portfolio and Project Management

Nestle Health Science

Tring Zhu, PhD, PMP

Core Team Leader

Becton Dickinson

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $50 fee to apply to this program.