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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.



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

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)


Read the South San Francisco Biotech Newsletter

Biotech Town Hall Presentation, December 2019


SFSU Offers MBA for Bio Tech Professionals Classes in South San Francisco!

The MBA Program at San Francisco State University has been a leading institution for quality business education in the Bay Area for over 50 years.

Is the MBA for Biotech Professionals program right for me?

  • I have several years of experience in the biotech industry.
  • I have earned a four-year bachelor's degree.
  • I'm ready to enhance my knowledge and skills for greater organizational responsibilities.

Program Features

  • 30-month part-time program with classes beginning in Fall or Spring Semesters 
  • Distinguished faculty
  • Classes held two nights a week in Downtown South San Francisco at the Grand Ave Library 
  • GMAT or GRE is required (may be waived for applicants with doctoral degrees). TOEFL is required for those whose bachelor's degrees are from schools outside the U.S.
  • Placement in a cohort of diverse biotech industry professionals

MBA Admissions

If you would like to apply to the program, visit the website or please send an email to to receive information about upcoming semester admissions.

Contact Us


400 Grand Ave.
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Ph: 650-829-6620
Fx: 650-829-6623

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.