The New Bio-Link

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Presenter: Elaine Johnson, Executive Director, Bio-Link

The Bio-Link Next Generation National Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences receives major funding from the National Science Foundation.

The Bio-Link National Center, based at City College of San Francisco, works with community and technical colleges across the nation to 1) increase the number and diversity of well-trained technicians in the workforce; 2) meet the growing needs of industry for appropriately trained technicians; and 3) institutionalize community college educational practices that make high-quality education and training in the concepts, tools, skills, processes, regulatory structure, and ethics of biotechnology available to all students. The new Center emphasizes three categories of activities and products by 1) providing direct services to faculty, teachers, counselors, students, biotechnology programs, and educational institutions, 2) stimulating information sharing and collaboration among students, faculty, industry and educational institutions, and 3) supplying expanded and improved information to students and to life-sciences and related companies. Bio-Link is one of thirteen ATE Centers that is participating in the Synergy Collaboratory for Research, Practice and Transformation that is contributing to knowledge about practices and processes that lead to achieving scale. Bio-Link's website is

Elaine Johnson, Ph.D. serves as the Director of Bio-Link, the Next Generation National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) National Center for Biotechnology and Related Life Sciences based at City College of San Francisco. She serves on local, regional, and national educational, governmental and industry advisory panels and boards. Elaine specializes in creating a national network of biotechnology programs that include partnerships between educational institutions and industry. She promotes articulation between educational institutions in the effort to create career pathways. She also supports the Bridge to Biotechnology (B2B) effort to provide access and support for students wishing to enter biotechnology programs at community and technical colleges. She is a Co-PI on a Synergy ATE Project that focuses on scaling-up successful projects including B2B. Elaine is nationally recognized as an innovator and leader in providing education for careers in biotechnology and related life sciences.