Replicating Success: Innovative Collaborations Between the Biotech Industry and Education

In Replicating Success, we learn about innovative collaborations between community colleges, government and community organizations for economic development, and the biotechnology industry.

We discover how colleges gain feedback from industry advisory boards, engage industry professionals as guest lecturers and adjunct faculty, and work to develop internships for not only for students, but faculty as well. Mechanisms, such as the Equipment Depot, where industry can make donations of equipment and supplies to local colleges and schools are described. Partnerships that give students work experiences such as InnovaBio, a non-profit organization that performs contract research, "incubators" such as those at Austin Community College, Community Labs shared by several schools are described. Examples of bringing labs to students are discussed. Lastly, we learn about successful partnerships between industry, colleges, and government.

The following colleges are described in this publication: Salt Lake Community College, North Carolina Community College, St. Cloud State University, City College of San Francisco, Merritt College, Foothill College, Ohlone College, American River College, Contra Costa College, Solano College, Skyline College, Austin Community College. Some of the many companies described in this publication are Amgen, Biogen Idec, Bio-Rad, Actin Biomed, Allergan, Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Bayer, Bio-Rad, Boston Scientific, Genencor, Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Mendel, Metabolex, Monsanto, Novartis, Roche, Solara, Thermo-Fisher/Lab Vision and Xoma,Genentech, Gallo, the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE-JGI), the United States Department of Agriculture-Western Regional Research Center (USDA-WRRC), ZARS, Pharmanex, Spendlove Research Foundation, Lifespan Technologies, Sorenson Genomics, ACME Biotechnology, Echelon Biosciences, and Neuroadjuvants. The government entities include the California Applied Biotech Centers and the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation.

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