Biotech Demystified: Making Science Simple

October 1. 2013
by Rachel H. van Gorp

September marked the 9th year that the Rady Center for Executive Development offered our unique Biotech Demystified program. Biotech Demystified was designed to give non-scientist business professionals in the Biotech and Pharma industries a practical understanding of the basic science powering their businesses. The goal is to give participants the essential tools needed to succeed in today's life science industries and provide executives and decision makers with a practical understanding of the basic science powering the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Topics covered included:

  • Science Fundamentals
  • Cell Biology        
  • Genetics             
  • Stem Cells and Research
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer and Oncology
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Pharmacology I
  • Biosimilar & Biobetters
  • Drug Delivery

Bring part of the UC San Diego campus, we are fortunate to have an array of distinguished faculty who are experts in their fields and been a part of this program for all nine years. Faculty come from UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and The Sanford consortium for Regenerative Medicine.

This year’s faculty included:

Testimonials from this year’s program included:

“I still can’t get over all of the excitement from the week. It was a great learning experience.”

“I have spent years in the industry, but for the first time I learned about terms used in areas like genomics, pharmaceutical development and immunology. The courses on DNA testing were fascinating. For business people who want to speak intelligently to professional scientists, this course is hugely helpful.”

For more about the program check out The Program is run once a year and spaces are limited. Next year’s program will run on June 16-18, 2013.

Rachel H. van Gorp is a Program Managers with the Rady Center for Executive Development. She has over six years of experience developing and managing Executive Education programs. Before joining the Rady team in January of 2011, she worked with the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Department. In 2008, Rachel earned her master’s degree in international Relations from Boston University. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband, Johannes van Gorp, who is a Professor of Political Science at Occidental College.