How to Know When Biotech is Booming? The Need to Train Non-Scientists

How to Know When Biotech is Booming?  The Need to Train Non-Scientists

Kalorama knows there’s more than one way to detect market growth.  Company results and investment dollars tell tales, but tangential trends often indicate large market movement.  the mortgage boom can be seen with an influx of new mortgage providers.  A boom in real estate can be seen in the amount of people becoming realtors.  In the case of biotech, could it be, the need to learn DNA with Lego?  We know (our recent biotech report finds it) there is an increase in interest and funding of biotech 2012-2014.  But perhaps a greater indication is the proliferation of courses to teach non-scientists concepts of biotechnology.  


 It’s clear there was a record year for IPOs put billions in the hands developers who might discover the next blockbuster - or find a company willing to see them through that.  Last year, one out of every eight dollars invested in any company was invented in biotech companies.   


This means a whole group of professionals need to start to know what RNA, cell culture and PCR mean.   To the rescue, colleges and private companies willing to train:

  •   Rady College of University of San Diego offers Biotech for Non-Scientists, as part of Rady School of Management in collaboration with UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  the course boasts that attendees will get an overview of key areas of the science behind the biotechnology industry  The course also allows an opportunity to do hands on work with key industry tools like the PCR.
  •  "Lego DNA" - MassBio’s Biotech 1010.   Biotech 101 for Non-Scientists Mass Bio’s course covers two full days of biotechnology information for non-science professionals who may be working on looking to work within a science-based industry.  Assembling Proteins from subunits using specially designed Lego DNA models, and produce proteins from mRNA message translation; Build proteins to illustrate protein structures, and compare mutations for genetic outcomes -- the basis for which companies develop drugs to treat diseases. Participants will benefit from several hands on activities using Lego DNA models, Agarose Gels, in addition to a DNA exercise   
  •   Fierce Healthcare and Biotech Primers offer " Basics of Biotech Webinar Series"   specifically geared toward the non-science professional who needs to better understand industry terminology, science, techniques and issues. This 3-part webinar series provides an overview of the science and technology used to enable discovery and the processes scientists use to discover new therapeutics.  Each webinar comes with access to download the full slide deck and a transcript of the complete audio file.
  •    Biotech and Beer:   Of course Northwestern University might be on to something with their "Pint of Science" lectures.  http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=230706  Participants can learn a bit about science while drinking beer.