South San Francisco Biotech

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  • Talented & experienced workforce,
  • Easy access to Silicon Valley venture capital firms,
  • At the epicenter of Stanford, UCSF & UC-Berkeley research scientists & graduates,
  • Space to grow, and
  • The Largest Biotech Cluster in the World.


What is biotechnology?

The impacts of biotechnology are far-reaching and serve numerous sectors. The four main industry applications include:

  • Medical

  • Agricultural

  • Industrial

  • Environmental

Medical biotechnology, also known as biopharma and biomedical engineering, is the use of living cells and cell materials to research and produce both pharmaceutical and diagnostic products to help treat and prevent disease.  For example, in 1978, Genentech developed synthetic humanized insulin. Insulin was previously extracted from the pancreas of cattle or pig.  The creation of synthetic human insulin allowed for faster production times at a lower cost.

Agricultural biotechnology modifies the DNA in plants through genetic engineering techniques.  This is also known as genetically modified crops (GM crops). GM crops are more resistant to pests, disease, and herbicides.

Industrial biotechnology, which is referred to as “white biotechnology” in Europe, is the practice of using cells or components of cells to generate industrially useful products in sectors such as chemicals, food and feed, detergents, paper and pulp, textiles and biofuels. A common reference to industrial biotechnology is the use of oils to produce alternative energy such as canola oil for biodiesel.

Environmental biotechnology studies are applied to and used in our natural environment.  Environmental biotechnology is “the development, use, and regulation of biological systems for remediation of contaminated environments (land, air, water), and for environment-friendly processes (green manufacturing technologies and sustainable development)” (International Society for Environmental Biotechnology)