Biocompass Advancing Industry with Education

Welcome to CSU Biocompass!

The life sciences industry is fueled by exciting, cutting-edge science and technology.

However the task of translating new technologies and discoveries into cures, therapies, diagnostics, and medical devices is not straightforward. The realities of customer, process and product development within this highly regulated business environment require that employees have industry-specific skills and expertise. As a result, life science industry professionals need to stay up to date and gain expertise in regulatory affairs, quality assurance, and project management, among many other industry-specific topics.

To better publicize biotechnology programs and timely industry-relevant courses, the California State University (CSU) has gathered information here about degree programs and courses offered at CSU campuses. We feature programs that pertain to current life sciences industry workforce needs, as reported by industry partners and associations.

We also post general items of interest related to life science careers on Facebook.

New CSU Life Sciences Industry-Responsive Programs

CSU Fullerton is offering an online (four course) certificate in Clinical Trials Project Management. The courses have been developed by regulatory and industry professionals to teach about managing product development for FDA approval.

San Jose State University, CSU Los Angeles and Cal Poly Pomona received federal Department of Labor support to increase the number of licensed CLS professionals in California. SJSU's Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) program incorporates a program for Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientists (CGMBS). CSU Los Angeles offers both CLS and CGMBS programs, jointly with Cal Poly Pomona.

CSU Northridge is recruiting students for a Professional Science Masters degree program in Assistive Technology Engineering. Contact Barb Frye ( and visit the website.

Featured Events and News

(September 26, 2013) The biotech IPO market has been white-hot lately - but the JOBS act in the US is changing how companies raise cash as well. AngelList appears to have a critical mass of investors and backing to make "crowdsourced" financing feasible. AngelList also posts jobs available in biotech startups.

(April 25, 2013) The Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI) and Booz & Company issued a report, “Demand for Talent: Current & Projected Workforce Trends in the Life Science Industry." Report reiterates need for clinical laboratory scientists, clinical researchers, QA/QC professionals and regulatory affairs specialists. See also commentary in Nature Biotechnology.

(March 11, 2013) David Shaywitz reviews opportunities for healthcare innovation.

(March 5, 2013) Dan Rather Reports takes a hard look at the biomedical doctoral-level workforce pipeline; with Shirley Tilghman. See also the Feb. 20 Atlantic article by Jordan Weissman.


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