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Biomanufacturing Program

Biomanufacturing Program

Practical SynBio course starting Jan. 21st!

Join the synthetic biology revolution that is happening in the Bay Area! Learn from leaders in the biotech industry about the tools that drive innovation in biotech. Get hands-on experience with techniques like Gibson cloning, Golden Gate assembly, and CRISPR! Join projects with our industry customers and get paid!

The Laney College biomanufacturing program is offering a unique opportunity to do all of this in our fully equipped biotech lab just a block from the Lake Merritt BART station. The class is called “Biology 484A Occupational Work Experience in Biotech” starts January 21st, 2020. Here are the instructors for the course:

Douglas Bruce, Biomanufacturing Instructor
Expertise: fermentation and chromatography, optimization and scale-up

Pallavi Lal, Biomanufacturing and Microbiology Instructor
Expertise: molecular biology, cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, CRISPR

Ron Shigeta, Co-Founder of Indie Bio and Wild Earth, Scientist in Residence VC, BABEL Ventures
Expertise: bioinformatics, biotech start-ups, synthetic biology

We will start the course with an overview of the tools of biotechnology and then move to working on both student-designed projects and projects provided by our industry partners (that pay as internships/apprenticeships). The meeting times are to be determined. No lab experience? We highly recommend you also enroll in one of our “Fundamentals of Biotechnology” lab courses to get caught up on the basics of working in a lab. See below for a complete list of our spring semester course offerings.

You can enroll in just one unit of Biology 484A to gain full access to the class. The fee is just $46 per unit. There will be a mandatory meeting for students in Biology 484A during the first week of class. During that meeting, we will introduce ourselves and set out the goals for the semester. Prior to the meeting, a survey will be sent out to the email on file with the college asking for available times to meet. Please be aware of what email college communications are sent to you at. That is how the instructors will contact you the week before classes start.

Additional Spring 2020 course offerings:

Biology 75 “Fundamentals of Biotechnology Lab” (2 units) – CO-ENROLL IF YOU HAVE NO LAB EXPERIENCE!Two options: Tuesday night from 6 pm to 9:50 pm (section #23266) OR Wednesday from 1 pm to 4:50 pm (section #21571)

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

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

Biology 79 “Bioreactor, Cell Culture, and Protein Recovery” (4 units)

Go to https://web.peralta.edu and click on “Apply and Enroll.” Once you have established your account, enroll in biomanufacturing courses.

Our program brochure is here.

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: http://www.solano.edu/biotech/baccalaureate.html.

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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