Biotech Demystified Certificate: The Science Behind the Business

This course provides a practical understanding of the basic science powering the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.


September 16-18, 2019


Includes tuition, books, course materials, parking, breakfast & lunch all 3 days & 1 welcome dinner.

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About the Program

This course, intended for non-scientist business professionals in the Biotech and Pharma industries, provides participants with a practical understanding of the basic science powering their businesses, giving them the essential tools needed to succeed in today's life science industries. This course provides executives and decision makers with a practical understanding of the basic science powering the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

San Diego is one of the nation’s top-ranking biotech centers and is home to more than 500 biotech and four major research institutions. This course is offered through the Rady School of Management in collaboration with UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


  • Science fundamentals
  • Cell biology and molecular biology
  • Stem cell research
  • Personalized medicine and drug delivery
  • Cancer and therapeutic approaches
  • Biosimilars and biobetters
  • Genetic and genome mapping
  • Hands-on lab experience with DNA testing

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Who Should Attend

  • CEOs and executives
  • Venture capitalists and angel investors
  • Service providers including attorneys, insurance brokers, real estate professionals
  • Business development executives
  • Consultants
  • Marketing and sales professionals
  • Government officials
  • Executive recruiters
  • Journalists covering related industries


UCSD Rady School of Management Building/Otterson Hall

All participants will meet in the lobby: Room 4E003/4th floor using the East Elevators.


This is a great class which provides an excellent overview of key areas of the science behind the biotechnology industry (e.g. cellular and molecular biology and biostatistics) by some of leading experts and researchers in these areas. Fortunately, the material is well tailored for the lay person (nonPhD scientist)--although there is an immense amount in a short time. The course also allows an opportunity to do hands on work with key industry tools like the PCR.

The course at Rady was very well put together and extremely informative. I found the mix of class instruction and hands on lab experience really helpful in understanding what we were learning. I thought the professors were great and able to clearly communicate technical information to non-technical people.