Rady School of Management

Biotech Demystified: the Science Behind the Business

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About the course

This course, intended for non-scientist business professionals in the Biotech and Pharma industries, provides participants with a practical understanding of the basic science powering their businesses, giving them the essential tools needed to succeed in today's life science industries. This course provides executives and decision makers with a practical understanding of the basic science powering the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

San Diego is one of the nation’s top-ranking biotech centers and is home to more than 500 biotech and four major research institutions. This course is offered through the Rady School of Management in collaboration with UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


  • Science fundamentals
  • Cell biology and molecular biology
  • Stem cell research
  • Personalized medicine and drug delivery
  • Cancer and therapeutic approaches
  • Biosimilars and biobetters
  • Genetic and genome mapping
  • Hands-on lab experience with DNA testing

Who should attend

  • CEOs and executives
  • Venture capitalists and angel investors
  • Service providers including attorneys, insurance brokers, real estate professionals
  • Business development executives
  • Consultants
  • Marketing and sales professionals
  • Government officials
  • Executive recruiters
  • Journalists covering related industries

Trust the experts

Stefan Aigner

Stefan Aigner is an RNA biochemist, neuroscientist and stem cell biologist. Among his many responsibilities in the lab, he is the project coordinator for an NIH-funded U19 academic/industrial collaboration dubbed Copacabana (Collaboration On Preclinical Autism Cellular Assays, Biosignatures And...


Brookie Best

Dr. Brookie Best is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) and the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine (SOM). She completed a Bachelor of Science degree at ...


Keefe Reuther

Keefe Reuther received undergraduate degrees from the University of California Berkeley in Integrative Biology and Geology. This is where he began research in the evolution of social behavior by studying reproductive and aggressive behavior in East African lake cichlid fishes. After taking a year...


Jean Wang

Dr. Jean Y. J. Wang received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, where she discovered the first prokaryotic protein kinase and elucidated a protein phosphorylation-regulated metabolic switch between the Krebs cycle and the Glyoxal cycle in the laboratory of Dr. ...


Randy Hampton

Randy Hampton was born in New York State a surpassingly long time ago. He earned a A.B. in Chemistry and Mathematics as Ohio Wesleyan University, and by a circuitous route that included doing research at University of Michigan, running the office at Zingerman’s Delicatessen, and participating in ...


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