CSU alumni talk with current students (photo)

The life sciences industry is fueled by exciting, cutting-edge science and technology.

But the task of translating new technologies and discoveries into therapies, diagnostics, environmental monitoring systems and medical devices is not straightforward.

The realities of customer, process and product development within this highly regulated business environment require employees to have industry-specific skills and expertise, whether they work in large companies or start-up ventures.  An up-to-date understanding of regulatory affairs, quality assurance, and project management are needed by industry professionals, in addition to their scientific or technical expertise.

Most professionals gain this knowledge on-the-job in response to changing business environments, regulatory frameworks, and licensing requirements. But we also know best practices and current knowledge can be learned in classroom settings, in person or online. In answer CSU campuses develop courses and programs – often paired with experiential learning opportunities – to close the gap between CSU-based learning and life science industry practice.

The 23 different CSU campuses offer a diverse program portfolio – from post-baccalaureate certificates to master’s degree programs. Together CSU faculty and industry professionals develop high quality programs to transfer knowledge specific to the life sciences industry. Use the drop-down program menu above (or the footer menu) to explore different programs relevant to the current biotechnology job market.

For students and others interested in life science industry careers, we share information about the industry, hiring trends and different career tracks on the CSUPERB Facebook page. You might also find the 2014 California Talent Report of interest; it articulates many of the life science industry’s workforce needs.