Biomanufacturing Program

Biomanufacturing Program

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Spring 2021 enrollment update: We are continuing our partnership with The Odin to bring biotech learning TO YOUR HOME during the pandemic! Sign up for Bio 75 and get all the materials to do synthetic biology experiments in the comfort and safety of home! All the materials are covered in the cost of the class. You will just need to come to campus once to pick up your kit. Then drop it off when the course is complete.

Hands on labs covered in Bio 75, at home edition:

Bioluminescent bacteria 
and much more!!!


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Spring 2021 course offerings:

Biology 75 “Fundamentals of Biotechnology Lab” (2 units) – remote with take home biotech kits for the first half of the semester, then there is a possibility to meet face-to-face in the second half, should conditions permit. Meetings would be Tuesday night from 6 pm to 9:50 pm should we be allowed back on campus.

Biology 76 “Principles of Biomanufacturing” FULLY ONLINE (3 units)

Biology 77 “Business and Regulatory Practices in Biomanufacturing” ONLINE (3 units)

Biology 577 mirrored, non-credit version of Biology 77 above.

Biology 79 “Bioreactor, Cell Culture, and Protein Recovery” (4 units) – first several weeks will be online but as this is a capstone lab course we anticipate being face-to-face once other CTE programs are back on campus.

Go to and click on “Apply and Enroll.” Once you have established your account, enroll in biomanufacturing courses.

What can you do with a certificate or degree in biomanufacturing from Laney College?

With a certificate or degree in biomanufacturing from Laney College, you will have the skills to gain employment in over 240 biotech companies in the Bay Area. These companies include major drug manufacturers such as Bayer, Genentech, Boehringer-Ingelheim, and BioMarin and hot new food tech and biomaterial companies such as Zymergen, Geltor, Advanced Biofuel Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU), and Pivot Bio. The starting pay for entry-level jobs is competitive and there are opportunities to advance rapidly within the industry. The Laney College Biomanufacturing Program has placed over 220 graduates in various biotech companies in the past six years.

Transfer to get a B.S. in biomanufacturing at Solano College

Solano Community College now has one of two B.S. programs in biomanufacturing at a California community college (with the other being at Mira Costa College in San Diego). Since the program is at a community college, the 4-year cost is estimated to be approximately $10,000 for a B.S. That’s far less than a bachelor’s degree at CSU or UC.

Furthermore, Solano’s Vacaville campus (located right next to Genentech) houses the program’s new $40 million science building. The building is built to match industry facilities with clean rooms, upstream and downstream sections, cell culture lab and bioreactor suites, protein purification suite, and more.

Classes from Laney’s biomanufacturing program are transferable to Solano, so it will be possible now to complete the first two years of the A.S. degree at Laney and then transfer to Solano to finish the upper division classes and obtain the bachelor’s. Students pursuing this pathway will need to substitute a few classes in order to meet admissions requirements at Solano. Please consult the biomanufacturing faculty for more information.

See more about Solano’s program and admission requirements here:

What is biomanufacturing anyway?

Biomanufacturing is a term that refers to the production, isolation and purification of medicines made by pharmaceutical companies. It also includes any manufacturing that uses cells to make the product, like food companies making artificial meat. This is an exciting and expanding new field. The Bay Area is the world’s leader in biomanufacturing.

The Biomanufacturing Program provides students with the necessary training in the basic skills of biology, biomanufacturing, chemistry and math, as well as an introduction to biomanufacturing careers to enter the workforce. Two certificates and an Associates of Science degree are offered. Each certificate/degree prepares the student to work as an entry-level technician and other positions in the manufacturing component of the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.  Please see the descriptions of the different programs on the Biomanufacturing Degrees page.


There is a demand for workers with the skills gained in the Laney Biomanufacturing Program.  In addition, biotech companies will frequently pay for the continuing instruction of students as they progress toward bachelor’s and graduate degrees.

No prior training in biomanufacturing, biotechnology, or other scientific fields is required; however, a desire to learn new high tech skills and a commitment to hard work are important.

Graduates from our program have launched their careers in biomanufacturing at companies like:

The Laney College Biomanufacturing Program is a member of Bio-Link, a national consortium of higher education institutions and high schools that promotes biotechnology through workforce education.

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