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Who we are
Biotech Partners is an organization dedicated to its students
Established in 1993 as part of a development agreement between Bayer HealthCare and the City of Berkeley, Biotech Partners is an independent non-profit organization which focuses on helping students underrepresented in the field of biotechnology attain personal, academic, and professional development experiences through in-classroom instruction and paid internships within the biotech and health industries.
An education that makes a difference
Biotech Partners’ Biotech Academy serves approximately 120 students from our legacy and expansion sites of Berkeley High, Oakland Tech, Antioch High, and South San Francisco High Schools. After graduating from high school, students are eligible for the Community College / Co-op Program. Co-op students work a year-long biotech job while taking courses at the Peralta Community College District.
Biotech Partners holds a 100% high school graduation rate with 98% of BP high school graduates pursuing post-secondary education. We have educated over 4,517 students and placed approximately 1,703 internships and co-op training positions that have resulted in student earnings of more than $3.6 Million to date.
The impact that Biotech Partners has on the community youth extends beyond our program students. Biotech Partners motivates students to become leaders in their communities, who in turn build and inspire the youth of their generation.
A community-centric organization
Biotech Partners attributes our success to the community involvement and support that we receive. An annual review by teachers, industry representatives, and staff guides curriculum and program development to ensure that the training is aligned with trends in biotechnology and regional workforce development. Biotech Partners receives funding support from individuals, corporations, foundations and government sources.
Biotech Partners has been featured in The New York Times, on NBC Nightly News and in numerous reports on urban youth education and workforce development.
Our Core Values
We collaborate effectively with our youth, schools, educators, employers and volunteers.
We are open to change and seek to creatively improve our processes, programs and outcomes.
We promote skill development and opportunities for our staff and youth to grow and excel.
We create a family environment providing tough love and support to ensure our youth succeed.
We demonstrate responsibility and commitment and expect it of our youth and other partners.
We enthusiastically approach our vital work and encourage and motivate our youth.
We exhibit integrity, produce quality work and bring our talents to all that we do.