SCF Biotechnology Program Draws Interest from Students, Business Partners

(Bradenton, Fla., August 28, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Biotechnology Program hosted an overflow crowd of about 60 prospective and current students and business partners at an Open House held on Wednesday, August 21, in the biotechnology lab at SCF Bradenton.

Strong interest from students and support from community partners is evidence of the excitement for SCF’s newest Associate in Science degree program.

Since the program began in Fall 2011, SCF’s Biotechnology Program has enrolled more than 90 students. The program meets local, statewide and national workforce needs by partnering with area biotechnology companies and providing highly qualified employees.

Students have successfully landed exciting new jobs with local industry partners and gained valuable experiences during their internships at biotechnology companies.

At the recent Open House, Adrienne Steel, SCF’s first biotechnology graduate, shared with current and prospective students about how the program prepared her for her job as a product development associate at Rapid Pathogen Screening, Inc. James Humphrey, chief operating officer at Roskamp Institute and member of SCF’s biotechnology advisory committee, explained the opportunities available for graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in the biotechnology industry.

SCF professors train students in advanced molecular biology techniques used in both research and industrial environments. Students who are considering science, nursing or other health-related fields also may benefit from many aspects of the program.

Biotechnology encompasses a variety of fields and industries such as the development of new drugs and medications, detection of diseases, bio-remediation of pollutions and industrial wastes, forensics, food safety, synthetic biology, clinical testing, biomedical device development and manufacturing, genomics and proteomics, and basic research at the academic, industrial and government levels.

Potential workplace environments for graduates include laboratories specializing in the production of new medicines; environmental quality control; forensics; alternative fuels; bio-manufacturing; biomedical device and manufacturing development; food safety; and industry, academic and government research.

To view a video featuring SCF's A.S in Biotechnology Degree Program, visit For more information, contact Dr. Matt Thomas, codirector of SCF's biotechnology program, at 941-752-5271 or email

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