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Biotechnology for Non-Scientists Courses

The biopharma industry has its own technical jargon and ever-evolving science, which is especially challenging for non-scientists. Our courses teach you and your team the language of biotech so you can better communicate with clients and colleagues!

ON-Demand and live Courses

We offer on-demand, online, and onsite courses. All are developed and delivered by industry experts with 20+ years experience. Upon successful completion receive your course certificate that can be added to your LinkedIn education profile. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us! We have been customizing training for the biopharma industry for over 20 years!

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BioBasics 101: The Biology of Biotech for the Non-Scientist 8-hour course

BioBasics 101: The Biology of Biotech for the Non-Scientist is an intensive eight-hour course that explains the foundational science upon which all biopharma therapies are based. Day one focuses on the function of DNA, RNA, proteins, and cell signaling and how each interacts in both healthy and diseased tissue. Day two builds on your new-found molecular biology knowledge. This includes a more in-depth look at genetic disease and how genetic engineering is used to create personalized medicine options for patients. The course ends with a survey of small molecule drugs, biologics, and vaccines and explains how each mitigates disease at the molecular level. BioBasics 101 will increase your scientific knowledge so that you can converse more effectively with colleagues, clients, regulators, and scientists.

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BioBasics 201: Targeted Biologics for the Non-Scientist 9-hour course

BioBasics 201: Targeted Biologics for the Non-Scientist is an intensive, nine-hour course focused on vaccines, cell therapies, gene therapies, therapeutic antibodies, and RNA-based drugs. Biopharma’s inspiration for the development of targeted biologics is our own human immune system, so we begin with an in-depth explanation of immunology. The course then focuses on the science, challenges, and medical promise of next-generation targeted biologics. BioBasics 201 is designed for the non-scientist who has taken BioBasics 101 or for those who understand the basics of DNA, RNA, proteins, and cell signaling. BioBasics 201 is taught by industry experts who explain how these complex drugs work in a simple, engaging manner.

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Gene Therapy Primer 3-hour course

Gene Therapy Primer explores how gene therapy works, the type of vectors used, and why/when certain vectors are employed. Many believe gene therapy is the key to curing cancer, inherited illnesses, and rare diseases; this course reviews the most important factors determining which diseases should be targeted using gene therapy. As with any treatment, there are risks, so this course looks at the FDA approval process and how safety and efficacy are measured. Take Gene Therapy Primer and gain a foundational understanding of this versatile therapeutics’ science and regulatory environment.

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BioBasics 101: The Biology of Biotech for the Non-Scientist two-day course .

BioBasics 101: The Biology of Biotech for the Non-Scientist is an intensive two-day course that explains the foundational science upon which all biopharma therapies are based. Day one focuses on the function of DNA, RNA, proteins, and cell signaling and how each interacts in both healthy and diseased tissue. Day two builds on your new-found molecular biology knowledge. This includes a more in-depth look at genetic disease and how genetic engineering is used to create personalized medicine options for patients. The course ends with a survey of small molecule drugs, biologics, and vaccines and explains how each mitigates disease at the molecular level. BioBasics 101 will increase your scientific knowledge so that you can converse more effectively with colleagues, clients, regulators, and scientists.

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BioBasics 201: Targeted Biologics for the Non-Scientist two-day course .

BioBasics 201: Targeted Biologics for the Non-Scientist is an intensive, two-day course focused on vaccines, cell therapies, gene therapies, therapeutic antibodies, and RNA-based drugs. Biopharma’s inspiration for the development of targeted biologics is our own human immune system, so we begin with an in-depth explanation of immunology. The course then focuses on the science, challenges, and medical promise of next-generation targeted biologics. BioBasics 201 is designed for the non-scientist who has taken BioBasics 101 or for those who understand the basics of DNA, RNA, proteins, and cell signaling. BioBasics 201 is taught by industry experts who explain how these complex drugs work in a simple, engaging manner.

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BioImmersion three-day course

BioImmersion is a three-day, in-depth course that delves into the scientific details on many biotechnology topics. BioImmersion is divided into three distinct sections: the fundamental biology upon which the healthcare industry is built; the science driving the innovative therapeutics that are saving lives; and the business of biopharma including drug discovery, development, and manufacturing. Become fluent in the science and business of biopharma by taking this comprehensive course.

BioBriefing One-Day Course

BioBriefing is a fast-paced one-day course that explains the science driving today’s hottest biopharma innovations. Learn how the industry mimics and manipulates foundational biology to create checkpoint inhibitors, CRISPR, CAR-T, gene therapy, and many more technologies. BioBriefing is ideal for non-scientists who work on the business side of biopharma or provide services to the industry.

On-Demand Short Classes

The Biology of Biotech 85-minute online class

The Biology of Biotech provides an overview of biotechnology’s most important biological molecules and systems to make novel therapies and diagnostics. This online course lays the groundwork for understanding the biopharma industry by focusing on cells, DNA, and proteins and how these are manipulated by researchers to develop new health care products. This class is the perfect place to start if you are a non-scientist who wants to understand the science driving research and discovery.

Introduction to Genetic Engineering 50-minute online class

Introduction to Genetic Engineering explains the process and the power of genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is the deliberate modification of genetic material (DNA). It is used extensively in research, drug discovery, drug development, and biomanufacturing. Biotechnology is built on genetic engineering; therefore, it is a “must-know” topic for those working in or with the biopharma industry.

Immunology 101 40-minute online class

Immunology 101 explains how the human immune system fights infectious diseases and cancer. Learn how pathogens cause disease, distinguish between the non-specific and specific immune systems, and understand the critical role of white blood cells. Many of biopharma’s blockbuster biologics are modifications of the molecules and cells used by our immune system, including T-cells, B-cells, antibodies, and cytokine inhibitors. This course is an introductory course designed for those new to immunology.

Immunology 201 55-minute online class

Immunology 201 builds on Immunology 101 class to describe the two types of immune systems, the non-specific immune system, and the specific immune system. This class puts all the immune system details into practice, taking you on a journey from how disease occurs to how your body fights disease. By understanding this complex process, you will better understand how these steps are exploited by the biopharma industry to create cutting-edge immunotherapies in biotechnology.

Antibodies 70-minute online class

Antibodies examine the versatile role of antibodies, including how they are used in research and the clinic. Learn how monoclonal antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates, bispecific antibodies, and checkpoint inhibitors mitigate disease. Understand how common diagnostics such as ELISA, bead immunoassay, and lateral flow immunochromatographic assay use antibodies for testing. Increase your fluency in the science of antibodies and appreciate their importance in today’s healthcare industry.

Biosimilars 65-minute online class

Biosimilars explain the science, manufacturing technology, and regulatory requirements for receiving approval to market biosimilar products. Beginning with an overview of protein structure, function, and production, the class hones in on different types of biologics and how each mitigates disease. The Manufacturing section highlights how conditions can alter a biosimilar, causing it to function differently than its reference product. The Safety and Regulation section examines immunogenicity and approaches to demonstrating biosimilar safety and efficacy that have been acceptable to the FDA and EMA. The class ends with four case studies demonstrating the real-world complexity of biosimilar science, manufacturing, and regulatory challenges.

Introduction to Gene Therapy 90-minute online class

Introduction to Gene Therapy provides a foundational understanding of this versatile therapeutic’s science and regulatory process. Learn how gene therapy works—the type of vectors used, and why/when certain vectors are employed. This course reviews the most important factors determining which diseases should be targeted using gene therapy. As with any treatment, there are risks, so Introduction to Gene Therapy explains the FDA approval process and how safety and efficacy are measured. Take Introduction to Gene Therapy and gain a basic understanding of gene therapy.