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Biotechnology Project Management

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Required Courses - University of Washington

Project Management Standards & ProcessesPTNR-UW901

Units: 0.00


This course introduces formal Project Management techniques and applies them to biotechnology projects. You will learn the foundational skills and best practices for successful project management and...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Biotechnology Project CapstonePTNR-UW902

Units: 0.00


In the Capstone course, students apply knowledge learned to create a Project Management Plan for a biotech product. This ~100 page document will contain the key documents which define a Project, incl...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Required Courses - UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies

Project Management within a Scientific/Research EnvironmentBUSA-40693

Units: 2.00


Biotechnology companies, universities and research institutions are driven by a constant need to push the frontiers of our understanding of life processes and their translation into therapeutic produc...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Applying Project Management Principles to Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Product DevelopmentBUSA-40694

Units: 4.00


Life science industries are very complex and require the management of large portfolios and programs which ultimately lead to the discovery and development of innovative therapeutic products. The umbr...

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Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Story of Success

Tring Zhu

Meet Tring - an accomplished scientist who dreamed of leading projects and teams. Eager to take the next step in her career, Tring dedicated herself to completing the Biotechnology Project Management certificate at UC San Diego Extended Studies to expand her role from an established chemist to a dynamic role in project management.

"I like the project management certificate program for a couple of reasons. One is the curriculum. It was set in a way that I could absorb the theoretical knowledge along with real cases. The second reason is the instructors. They all have a lot of experience in project management in the biotech industry. So, they share real cases."

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Meet the Instructors


Yves Theriault, PhD, PMP

Yves has a much-diversified background which includes multi-disciplinary expertise in the fields of life sciences, nanotechnology, systems engineering, pharmaceutical and biotechnology strategic product research and development, leadership, organizational performance, strategic program and project management. He is Program Manager for Education and Outreach Programs at the UC San Diego-based Qualcomm Institute (QI). At QI, he develops and implements educational programs focused on convergence education at the vertex of science, technology, and society. He also develops and teaches courses involving highly integrated multidisciplinary science and engineering program and project management, leadership in the science and technology environments, and nanotechnology convergence and its multiple distributive applications.

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Bart Staker, PhD

Bart Staker has more than 15 years of project management experience in both industry and academia. He has been a founding partner in three biotech startups and managed projects as part of a contract research organization. Staker is currently a project manager at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and has a passion for applying project management principles to product development in biotechnology. He has a Ph.D in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in biology from the University of Washington.

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Certificate Guidelines

Special Notes

Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis. Estimated tuition for the program is $5,140 excluding textbooks.

Certificate Guidelines

Participants will take two online courses developed and offered by UW Professional and Continuing Education and two biotech courses offered from UC San Diego Extension. When students complete all 4 courses, they will receive a UW-UCSD joint certificate.

Advisory Board

Tracy Arakaki, PhD, PMP, PBA

Project Manager

Labcorp Drug Development

Silvia Chang, MBA

Senior Director, Program Manager

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.

Ruby Cheema

Vice President

Viracta Therapeutics, Inc.

Tae Kim, PMP

Senior Director

Seattle Genetics

Benjamin Smarr, PhD

Assistant Professor

UC San Diego Bioengineering & Data Science

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