BioBasics: Biotech for the Non-Scientist, December 2012

Thursday, December 13 – Friday, December 14 2012
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Event Inquiries

Location: MassBio, 300 Technology Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge, MA

Are you a non-scientist working in or with the biotech industry?

Do you need to better understand the science & technology driving the industry?

Become more instrumental in your company's success by understanding the science and technology driving the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.  Be more strategic in your relationship-building by knowing who the industry players are and how they interact. Learn from credentialed instructors that have the skill and expertise to teach individuals with a wide variety of non-science backgrounds in an engaging environment.


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Class Topics Include:

Industry Overview

  • Evolution of Biotechnology
  • Industry Sectors
  • USA & Global Industry Clusters
Biology Basics
  • Biotechnology Goals
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • DNA Structure & Function
  • Chromosomes & Genes
  • Mutations
  • Genetic Variation
  • Pharmacogenomics

Gene Expression

  • DNA to Proteins
  • Protein Structure & Function
  • Measuring Gene Expression
  • RNA Interference


  • How to Study the Genome
  • PCR
  • Restriction Enzymes
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Microarrays
          Genetic Engineering
  • Recombinant DNA
  • Plasmids
  • Generically Engineered Cells
  • Disease Models
  • How to Study the Proteome
  • Microarrays & Chromatography
Stem Cells
  • Properties of Stem Cells
  • Types of Stem Cells
  • Promises & Challenges
  • Inflammation
  • T & B Cells
  • Monoclonal Antibodies
  • Vaccines
Drug Discovery & Development
  • Drug Discovery Timeline
  • Rational Drug Discovery
  • Target Validation
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Pre-Clinical & Clinical Trials
  • Generics & Biosimilars

Who Will Benefit:

  • Professional from all sectors of the biotech, pharma, and life sciences industries, including: sales, marketing, HR, legal, manufacturing, business development, finance, management, government relations, IT, safety, tech transfer
  • Policy makers, lobbyists, attorneys
  • Venture capitalists, angel investors, banks, analysts, financial managers
  • Insurance brokers, real estate professionals
  • Consultants, public relations specialists, journalists
  • University administrators, research institute support staff


A reference manual containing all of the slides used in the presentation & a glossary of biotech terms will be given to each participant.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. In addition, participants will be given access for 60 days to BioPrinciples Online , an 8 hour, highly interactive online course on the basics of biotech. This online course costs $595 if purchased alone.


Contact Julie Deschenes for more information.

Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, 300 Technology Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

$1160 for MassBio Members; $1310 for non-members.

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