California State University San Marcos President Karen Haynes, whose school is located in the growing the North County biotech cluster, will chair a statewide program to improve preparation for life sciences industry careers at schools in the California State University system.

Karen Haynes, president of California State University San Marcos.

Haynes will chair the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology, or CSUPERB. The program’s mission is to support development of a professional biotechnology workforce by supporting the Cal State systems’ student and faculty research, innovating educational practices, and responding to the needs of the life sciences industry.

Cal State San Marcos is positioning itself to educate “a well-prepared, lab-ready workforce for the growing industry” in the the San Diego region and elsewhere.

The university offers programs in biotechnology, biochemistry, physics and nursing, plus an innovative professional science master’s in biotechnology, which combines master’s level science, professional preparation, core MBA business courses, and an internship or work experience.

According to CSUPERB, the California State University system “plays a critical role in California’s biotechnology industry success by providing not only a professional, entrepreneurial workforce but also the innovative ideas that drive the growth and evolution of the industry.”

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.