BioBriefing: Biotech for the Non-Scientist


Fri, October 30, 2015, 9:00am – 4:30pm




BioBriefing is a one-day, fast-paced course giving a high-level overview of the key science concepts required for understanding basic biotechnology applications in healthcare. Using industry-specific examples, participants will discuss biologic drugs, personalized medicine, and drug discovery and development. Gain an understanding of the fundamental terms and concepts needed to navigate the rapidly changing healthcare landscape.

IndustryOverview 9:00-9:30
Biotechnology Defined
Healthcare Sectors: Biotech, Pharma, Diagnostics, Medical Devices

The Basis of Biotech 9:30-10:15
Biotechnology Goals
Cell Structure & Function
Lab: DNA Isolation & Extraction

Break 10:15-10:30

Biotech's Blueprint 10:30-11:15
DNA Structure & Function
Chromosomes & Genes
How DNA Codes for Protein
Protein Structure & Function

The Future of Medicine 11:15-12:00
Genetic Variation & Disease
Stratified Medicine
Companion Diagnostics
Next Generation Sequencing
Activity: Genetic Variation Taste Test

Lunch provided 12:00-1:00

Making Biologics 1:00-1:45
Recombinant DNA
Genetically Engineered Cells
Recombinant Proteins

Monoclonal Antibodies 1:45-2:45
Antibody Structure & Function
Monoclonal & Bispecific Antibodies
How Therapeutic Antibodies Cure Disease
Therapeutic Applications

Break 2:45-3:00

Drug Discovery & Development 3:00-4:15
Rational Drug Discovery
Target Identification & Validation
Therapeutic Options
Drug Development Timeline
Regulatory Agencies
Preclinical & Clinical Trials

Q&A|REVIEW 4:15-4:30

Instructor: Emily Burke, PhD
Dr. Burke is the Director of Curriculum and is charged with customizing training for clients, delivering training sessions, and writing the BioTech Primer WEEKLY, a free electronic newsletter that explains the science behind the headlines. Dr. Burke delivers training nationally and internationally, and has been an invited speaker at many high profile events including the annual BIO International Convention andthe California Life Science HR Conference. Prior to joining BioTech Primer, Dr.Burke worked as a patent writer for ISIS Pharmaceuticals in Carlsbad, CA, taught biology and biotechnology classes at San Diego Miramar College, and conducted post-doctoral research on the molecular pathogenesis of respiratory syncytial virus and Lassa fever virus at The Scripps Research Institute in LaJolla, CA. Dr. Burke received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of South Alabama. Dr. Burke has been with BioTech Primer for five years.

Cancellation Policy: If there are less than 15 paying registrants at least 14 days prior to the day of the BioBriefings, the Briefing will be cancelled.