Life Sciences & Biotech
Research & Development Capacity
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Specialized Biotechnology Training Initiatives
- City College of San Francisco offers a Certificate in Biomanufacturing.
- The “Biotech Partners Program” is a nonprofit organization created in 1993 through the collaborative efforts of Bayer HealthCare and the city of Berkeley, with support from more than 35 corporate, government, education and industry partners. “Biotech Partners Program” focuses on hands-on science and technology curriculum and serves 110 to 125 students annually; the number of students served is expected to double to 250 by 2016. Upon completion, students receive a “Certificate of Achievement in Bioscience”.
- In 2015, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded more than $10 million in grants to universities and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area for scientific research and environmental preservation.
- USF offers a Professional Science Master’s degree in Biotechnology, as well as a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Biology. USF Graduate Program in Biotechnology
- Stanford University offers a Graduate Degree in Biotechnology, as well as biotechnology research opportunities in its Department of Chemical Engineering. Stanford Biotechnology Graduate Certificate
- UC Berkeley offers an Extension program in a variety of Life Science and Biotechnology fields. It also offers the Amgen Scholars Program for undergraduate research in Biotechnology. UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars Program
- UCSF offers several PhD and Master’s Graduate programs in Bioscience and Bioengineering. UCSF Bioscience and Bioengineering Degree Programs
- UCSF also has ongoing industry partnerships with the following Biotech companies: Pfizer, Genentech, GE Healthcare, Nikon Instruments and Technical Instruments, and Abbott Diagnostics. UCSF Industry Partnerships
Available Talent Pool & Employment Outlook
- The San Francisco Bay Area enjoys a unique collaborative effort between industry and academia in developing the region’s biomedical workforce. The Bay Area’s learning institutions and private companies guide, shape and in many instances help fund faculty, develop curricula and provide hands-on training.
- By 2020, it is predicted that San Francisco Metropolitan regional jobs in the fields of Biomedical Engineering, Microbiology, and Computer and Information Research Science will grow by 123.7, 76.3, and 57.6 percent, respectively.
- As of December 2014, the Biotech sector (Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services) employed 186,100 workers in the San Francisco Metropolitan area.
- In 2014, the San Francisco Bay Area employed 63,907 workers in the Life Sciences sector.
As of May 2015
(Updated June 2016, Latest Available)
Resident Labor Force: 548,004
Employed: 528,074 (3.8% Unemployment)
Annual Visitors: 18.01M
Annual Visitor Spending: $10.67B
Population Between 20-54 Years of Age: 55.75%