Biotech Research And Partnerships
The latter part of the 20th century witnessed a biological revolution that opened new horizons in the life sciences and created an entirely new industry: biotechnology. California's world-class research universities placed the state at the forefront of that revolution. Home to one-third of the nation's biotechnology firms, California has more biotech jobs than all of the other states combined.
During the next half-century, the application of the quantitative sciences mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering to biomedical research brings about a second revolution that promises to improve human health and create dynamic new technologies. Visit these UC Web sites to learn more about how the University of California is innovating.
Created to ensure a foundation for future scientific advances through strong new science and the development of highly skilled personnel, this systemwide biotech program provides support for biotech research, promotes graduate and postdoctoral training, and informs government officials, industry leaders and the public about biotech developments and impacts.
One of four California Institutes for Science and Innovation, the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research builds on strengths in engineering and physical sciences at UC Berkeley, the mathematical sciences at UC Santa Cruz and the medical sciences at UC San Francisco, as well as on strong biology programs at these three campuses. Check out the latest UCSF campus at Mission Bay.
Biotech research is also conducted at three other California Institutes for Science and Innovation:
BIOGEM helps meet the needs of multiple labs interested in microarray technology, which has, together with genome sequencing efforts resulted in revolutionary changes in how biomedical research can be done. Differences in the levels of expression for thousands of genes can be assessed all at the same time in a single, simple experiment. Also visit the Whitaker Institute for Biomedical Engineering, UCSD's Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Program and research projects in bioinformatics and computational biology. The Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps explores biotech in the water and new cures under the sea.
The Scripps Genome Center will harness the vast potential of studying genomes and genetic coding by combining the latest in computer and information technology with the existing biological and marine science leadership at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The center will address important oceanic issues as well as those related to human health, the environment and other areas.