Northern California Bay Area Biotechnology Center workshops this Fall

September 7, 2012

The new fall training schedule is now available. These workshops are designed for employees of the life sciences industry and are taught by recognized consultants and faculty in state-of-the-art facilities. Workshops have a registration fee and participants can register on line in advance.

We are offering:

Bioscience for Non-scientists: This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the language and basic concepts of molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics – the foundations of modern biotechnology. Participants will learn what monoclonal antibodies are and what they’re used for, the difference between small molecule drugs and biological therapeutics, the secrets of recombinant DNA technology, stem cell biology, and more. There will be hands-on laboratory activities with some of the basic tools of the biotechnology lab.

Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6 – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Ohlone College Newark Center, 1st Floor, Room 1100 – Registration fee: $100.

Quality Auditing, Basics, Tools, and Techniques: Quality auditing is a vital, changing and growing profession in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.  Quality is involved in every step of product cycle and the role of Quality Assurance professionals is ever increasing to get the product to market right the first time.  Quality oversight is required in all products that one uses in day to day life. From Concept to Prototype, Pre-Clinical, Clinical, Manufacture, Marketing, and Product Withdrawal, Quality has to be integrated to be successful the very first time. This one day workshop will provide the foundation for the four phases of the quality audit process (Preparation, Performance, Reporting and Corrective action follow-up, and Closure). The workshop will include a group exercise that will help participants create a draft audit plan and audit report and also focus on questions from an auditor and responses from an auditee.  Open to professionals directly or indirectly involved in internal audits and external audits for Biotech, Pharma or Medical Device companies.

Wednesday, October 31 – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Ohlone College Newark Center, 1st Floor, Room 1100 – Registration fee: $50.


Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for Biopharmaceutical Drugs: This two-day introduction to cGMP is designed for biopharmaceutical personnel. It is suitable for professionals responsible for compliance, regulatory affairs, project planning, QC/QA, R&D, and manufacturing. Participants will learn through lectures, case study discussions, and group exercises. Current approaches to quality, SOPSs, documentation and records basics, quality requirements and exceptions, inspections and audits including FDA and European approaches will be covered.  It covers 21 CFR 210, 211 and brief overview of Eudralex.

Wednesday & Thursday, December 5 and 6 – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Ohlone College Newark Center, 1st Floor, Room 1100 – Registration fee: $50.


Cell Culture Basics:  This three-day workshop is intended to provide a basic understanding of animal cell culture techniques. It would be of importance to Research Associates, who use cell culture procedures in research and to Scientists, who use cell culture products. The workshop is useful for those who are new to cell culture as well as those who have some knowledge and/or little experience in a cell culture lab and would like to review the theory and practice. The workshop will provide students with mammalian cell culture techniques and concepts needed in the biotechnology industry. Included are lecture and hands-on laboratory procedures utilized in biomanufacturing, quality control and research and development. This introductory course has no pre-requisite. A biology background would be good, but not required.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday December 13, 14 and 15 – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ohlone College, Newark Center, 1st Floor, Room 2424 – Registration fee: $300.


PCR-RT: This interactive course is a 2-day, introductory training that covers the Principles of Quantitative and End-Point Real-Time PCR. Users will learn the basic concepts behind Quantitative Real-Time PCR and gain hands-on experience in setting up a Real-Time PCR reaction.  The course is designed to teach proper experimental design and results interpretations for various experiments. The course teaches how to properly use the Real-time instrument and software. This is a customized course for new faculty and industry users who want to gain a better understanding of Real-Time PCR Applications and Data Analysis. Course topics include: Theory of the 5′ Nuclease Assay and the SYBR Green Dye Assay, experimental design, principles of designing an efficient assay, quantification with a standard curve, results interpretation and discussion, troubleshooting, and instrument (ABI 7300 RT) operation and maintenance.

Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10 – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Ohlone College Fremont campus, building 8, 2nd Floor, Room 8201 – Registration fee: $200

To register:  http://www.ohlone.edu/org/commed/register.html


Josie Sette
Northern California Bay Area Biotechnology Center
Hosted at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94539

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