Bio-Link Update February 2016

Bio-Link Online News February 2016
  • The New Bio-Link Web Site is Launched!
  • 2016 Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum:  Apply for a Fellowship, Register Now, and Submit Your Workshop Proposal 
  • Lisa Seidman's Blog:  An Interactive Movie on Biomanufacturing!
  • Bio-Link's First Webinar
  • Free for Students:  The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) April 16-20th
  • Upcoming Events  
  • Jobs
We did it!  

The new Bio-Link web site is live and we are looking forward to your feedback about it. Please click, read, and click some more, and then let us know what you think. 

By the time you read this we will be back from the community college pre-conference workshop at the February AAAS conference in Washington DC.  And we will be looking forward to the annual Community College Day Program at BIO that will be held in San Francisco this year!  In addition, we hope many of you will travel across the Bay to Berkeley for our flagship event, the Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum, June 7-10th.  

View photos from the AAAS Community College day symposium

I hope you are enjoying the days as they get longer!

Sandra Porter, PhD
Co-PI, Bio-Link

The New Bio-Link web site has launched!

The web site can be found at  If you included "/home" in your previous bookmarks, you will need to either delete that part or change it to "home2". Upgrading our web site also involved moving to a new database, so you will need to make a new password if you need to log in.

To make a new password:
  1. Scroll to the bottom of any page on the web site.
  2. Click LogIn/View Account.
  3. Click Request New Password.
  4. Enter your user name and click Email New Password
If you are not sure of your user name or if your email has changed since you joined Bio-Link, contact us for assistance:

Program Leaders–please check your program page. Are we listing the right people, do we have the correct degrees and certificates listed?  Let us know!


Summer Fellows Forum 2016
June 7-10 at the University of California, Berkeley

(Instructor Opportunity)

Save the Date!  Each year Bio-Link Fellows from across the nation come to Clark Kerr Campus (CKC) in Berkeley, CA to learn about the latest practices in biotechnology education. Participants learn new skills and techniques, catch up on the latest issues, and examine new materials. Fellows then take this information back to their own regions for implementation.  

This year, the Community College Day Program at BIO will also be held in the Bay area, in San Francisco, on Monday, June 6th.  To avoid scheduling conflicts, the Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum be a day shorter this year.

Check in for Summer Fellows 2016 will be Tuesday, June 7th starting at 1:00pm and check out will be Friday, June 10th before 12pm.  Learn about the Summer Fellows Forum and Fellowships

Application forms for a fellowship to attend Summer Fellows Forum are available now along with forms for Open Registration.  These can be found on the 2016 Summer Fellows Forum event page. 

Interested in presenting at the forum?  Applications are due by April 1, 2016.  Submit your proposal here


Going Hollywood

Bio-Linkers Jeanette Mowery, Vivian Ngan-Winward, and Lisa Seidman traveled to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center to film an educational interactive movie:  Making the Call:  Quality in Biomanufacturing. The purpose of this "choose your own adventure" movie is to prepare students to work in a regulated biomanufacturing environment. 

Read about the fun in Lisa Seidman's blogs on the interactive movie.


Bio-Link's First Webinar

Over the past two decades, Bio-Link has created a wealth of curriculum materials, and tribal knowledge around preparing students for careers in the bioscience industry.  We are going to start sharing what we've learned through a series of webinars on courses we've developed, on-line materials, bioscience skills standards, strategies for starting and maintaining biotech programs, and new projects, such as interactive movie on biomanufacturing.  

The first webinar will be April 1st at 1 pm ET.  We hope you can attend.  Webinar registration.

Free for Students!!  The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is coming to New Orleans April 16-20th.

Student membership to the AACR is free for any high school, undergraduate or postbaccalaureate student with an interest in cancer and related biomedical science.  Apply here.

Students are welcome to attend the career fair at the conference, April 16, 2016.  For more information click here.


Upcoming Events 2016

April 1st Bio-Link Webinar, 1pm ET
April 7th -8th Worthington Bio-Science Conference
Worthington MN
May 5th-7th Biotech and the Law
Madison College, WI
June 6th  Community College Program at BIO
San Francisco, CA
June 7th-10th Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum
Berkeley, CA
July 25th-28th HI TEC Conference
Pittsburgh, PA



BioPhase Solutions is recruiting graduates with AA/AS degrees in Biomanufacturing / Biotechnology for multiple openings as Biotechnology Process Engineering Associates.

These positions are temporary-to-hire with a client located in South San Francisco.

•       Perform routine pilot operations, execute experiment plan and monitor processes to ensure consistency and reliability. 
•       Setup, operation and routine maintenance of unit operations for pilot scale fermentation and downstream processing. 
•       Medium preparation.
•       Fermentor setup and maintenance, and operation
•       Sampling and sample analysis.
•       Fermentation product recovery.
•       Downstream process evaluations
•       Perform other duties as assigned.
•       Participate actively in fermentation process development to improve process robustness and performance.
•       Maintains timely documentation of laboratory work including the preparation of lab reports.

•       AA/AS degree, or BS in chemical engineering, biotechnology, or a related field.
•       Flexibility to work off-shift schedules may be required.
•       1+ years experience with a proven track record of accomplishments, preferably in bio-industrial, or life sciences.
•       Experience with bench-top and/or pilot plant fermentor operations.
•       Experience with microbial culture, excellent aseptic techniques.
•       Experience with fermentation medium preparation and development.
•       Experienced in fermentation control system and software.
•       Experience with fermentation product analytical method and recovery desired, preferably in developing and validating industrial bio-products.
•       Basic understanding of microbial metabolism and nutritional requirements
•       Proficiency with MS Office suite.
•       Ability to understand and execute on the company’s mission and values.
•       Maintain a high degree of ethical standard and trustworthiness.
•       Ability to think and adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
•       Fosters innovation through creative solutions.
•       Successful at communicating in both oral and written forms.
•       Well organized and capable of clear communication through technology and other programs used to create and distribute reports and key information.
•       Effective organization and implementation of group projects.
•       Maintain a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
•       Energized by accomplishments and excellence in the workplace.
•       Capable of high-performance individual work as well as in a team setting.
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