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.
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 Extension 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.
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
Learn the foundational skills and best practices for successful project management. Understand the lifecycle of projects and the skills, tasks and issues associated with each stage. Utilize a biotechnology project case study to practice new skills and gain an in-depth understanding of project management issues.
Master project planning and execution utilizing a biotechnology team project. Apply key skills in project communications and leadership in your virtual project team process. Learn and practice the project management skills necessary at each step in the project lifecycle.
The need for project management in research stage projects is commonly overlooked. There is skill set required to manage projects and certain tools and techniques that mobilize productive interactions between project managers and technicians. This course will explore the project management approach for research stage projects implemented in your organization and demonstrate different project management approaches across companies and industries. You will learn how to set a project vision, gain buy in from technical team members, and how to develop a project plan by breaking a project down into manageable components. You will also discuss the role of project managers in decision making, the growth of knowledge-based assets; the organization structures that impact the management of R&D projects; and the challenges in managing a portfolio of research stage scientific projects.
Life science industries are very complex and require the management of large portfolios and programs where best project management practice is essential to successful product completion and subsequent enduring market leadership. The umbrella of programs required to feed the pipeline of therapeutic candidates and their subsequent development into commercial products are much diversified and range from exploratory research, determination of novel biological pathways, lead discovery and development, pre-clinical studies, clinical trials, regulatory compliance and filings, manufacturing and sales and marketing. This course will address most major components and phases of the drug, biopharmaceutical and medical device product development and cover in detail the various project management methodologies and core competencies associated with each of the essential elements of the product development cycle. Candidates will be invited to apply the principles learned in class to their real-life environment via custom designed projects.
Participants will take 2 online courses developed and offered by UW Extension and two biotech courses offered from UCSD Extension. When students complete all 4 courses, they will receive a UW-UCSD joint certificate.
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Participants must have a BS or BA and a minimum of 2 years of project-related work experience. The Fall 2017 program begins in September 2017 and the Spring 2018 program begins in March 2018. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 start dates. To apply, please visit the University of Washington's Biotech Project Management certificate website.
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