CSU Biocompass projects bring together California State University faculty and industry experts to address life science workforce development.  Project teams work together to provide website resources, career networking sessions, workshops, internships, courses and programs designed to close the gap between CSU-based learning and life sciences industry practice. CSU Biocompass is administered and managed by the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB).

Biocompass was piloted in the Los Angeles region as a private-public partnership involving the eight CSU campuses in the greater L.A. region, the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio), the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative (PBC), and the L.A./Orange County Biotech Center at Pasadena City College. In 2008 the L.A. consortium received funding from the eight CSU campus presidents, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the CSU Commission on the Extended University, and the CSU Office of the Chancellor. The funding received supported the development of this website and two certificate programs in Biotechnology Project Management that are now part of the Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies. Other Biocompass and CSUPERB-funded projects and partnerships led to the development of Professional Science Masters programs offered today across the California State University system.


Susan Baxter, Executive Director
California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)
Program Office: 619-594-2822 or
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