Fall 2011 Biotech Professional Development Courses NEW SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

June 2, 2011

MassBio and MassBioEd have announced the Fall 2011 schedule of biotechnology professional development courses offered through the Biotech Learning Center.

The Biotech Learning Center offers several options for courses, seminars, and hands-on training targeted toward life sciences professionals. All of the programs are designed and taught by biotechnology industry experts, and updated every six months to keep pace with scientific advances and government regulations.

Employees of MassBio member companies receive $150 off all course registrations. The courses have also been accepted under the state’s Workforce Training Fund’s Express Program, meaning companies can be reimbursed 50% of the employees’ registration fee.

For more information, contact Julie Deschenes at 617-674-5100 or Julie.deschenes@massbio.org.


On the schedule this fall:

BioBasics: Biotech Industry Knowledge for the Non-Scientist

2 Full Days, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Lunch Provided!)

September 22 & 23, 2011

December 8 & 9, 2011

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 BioTech Primer instructors that have the skill and experience to teach executives with a wide variety of non-science backgrounds in an engaging environment.

Leadership Training Program for Scientists, Managers, and Support Services
2 Full-Day Sessions from 9:00 PM to 5:00 PM
September 27 and October 25, 2011
Effective scientific work requires high levels of leadership competence in communications and collaboration.  Successful science requires both excellent technical skills and high performance in leadership, communications, and collaboration throughout the organization.  Participants in this course improve their performance and comfort in key leadership tasks: informal influencing, motivating, strategic planning, leading meetings, building teams, and partnering with customers and other organizations. This course features 360 surveys for each participant to provide objective information about how key others perceive their communications effectiveness.

Overview of Clinical Research
11-week course, evenings 6:00-8:30 PM
September 29 - December 15, 2011

This in-depth program examines the many details that must be considered in the clinical research process, including Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and corporate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Students gain practical knowledge about the complex interrelationships between sponsors, contract research organizations (CROs), the FDA, site management organizations (SMOs), and investigative site staff.


Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) Training

Wednesday October 18, 2011 9:00AM -5:00 PM

Are you in compliance with the FDA requirements for GMP training (21CFR211.25)? The FDA requires manufacturers (even those in clinical trials) to have their employees trained on the GMP regulations with retraining on a continuing basis so that each employee remains familiar with the GMP requirements.This training will provide participants with an understanding of how the 211 regulations relate to their functions, and thus allow manufacturers to remain in compliance with the FDA.


Biotechnology Project Management
6 Weeks on Wednesdays, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
November 2 - December 14, 2011
In this practical hands-on learning environment, participants gain understanding and skills in the responsibilities, activities, and competencies required of a successful Project Manager in the biotechnology industry. Experiential learning labs, class participation, and real life examples are used to maximize educational learning.


Improving Biotech Presentation Skills

2 Full-Day Sessions from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
November 16 & December 14, 2011
How many excellent biotech ideas have been lost not because of their content because they were not presented effectively?  Whatever your job in biotech, you encounter two challenges when you present:  explaining complex information and convincing a skeptical audience.This seminar improves participants' effectiveness in scientific, marketing and organizational biotech situations:  presenting findings, making recommendations, exploring concepts, etc.  Participants practice extensively in the program, work with video and real time feedback to deliver their own intelligent, persuasive presentations.

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