New Initiatives


BABEC is proud to lead the Biotechnology Supply Chain Operations Project for Education (BioSCOPE) is a collaborative project between several community college biotechnology programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • The initiative provides community college students with skills-based job training through the production of low-cost educational bio-materials and kits.
  • These savings are passed on to high school teachers who use the kits in their science classes.|

While preparing educational materials for use in high school biology classes, community students learn industry bio-manufacturing procedures and quality control processes as they prepare laboratory solutions and mixtures for educational purposes. The program encompasses a built-in sustainability because the community college classroom learning experience is leveraged to help educate the next generation of biotechnicians. Outcomes:

  • 200+ community college students received relevant biomanufacturing experience and job-ready skills
  • Produced free educational biomaterials valued at $54,000
  • Provided ~9,000 high school students with hands-on laboratory lessons to which they otherwise would not have had access.

We are excited to announce that in 2020, we received funding from the National Science Foundation (Award # 2000965) to expand the program and provide these valuable work-based-learning opportunity to more students. BioSCOPE has been funded since 2017 by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Workforce and Economic Development Division.


BABEC is proud to be a founding member of a new program sponsored by Genentech to expand and scale its Futurelab program. Futurelab is a STEM education initiative that supports all K-12 students in the South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) and gets them excited to learn about science, improves their college readiness and inspires them to pursue careers in STEM fields. Phase II of Futurelab is the design and execution of a brand new high school biotech curriculum, which includes science teacher professional learning experiences and biotechnology community/industry engagement opportunities.  This initiative has three key strategies: 1) Design and deploy new and innovative high school biotechnology content to support all learners, especially those from underrepresented groups; 2) Train and retain high school science educators; and 3) Engage the broader biotechnology community and industry to provide education and career exploration opportunities to students and educators. 

The Futurelab Scaling Initiative (FSI) initiative is a collaborative effort with multiple partners that span the science education spectrum, and has both local and a national input. The goal is to empower and support a community of educators and biotech community and industry leaders to bring industry-aligned opportunities to all students, providing greater and more equitable access to explore and engage in a vast range of biotechnology skills and careers.

This work is in its early stages; stay tuned for more updates. 

BABEC is proud to be part of the leadership team of InnovATEBIO, the new National Center for Biotechnology Education, funded by the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) arm of the National Science Foundation (NSF). InnovATEBIO is a community of practice for community college and high school biotechnology educators from across the nation. The primary goal of this consortium is to address the need to educate highly skilled technicians for the nation’s biotechnology workforce. BABEC supports this work because we believe that the Skilled Technical Workforce offers durable career opportunities for students from underserved and underrepresented communities, providing them with an entry-point into an industry that can offer a lifetime of career growth and advancement.

The InnovATEBIO community enhances biotechnology education programs by providing cutting edge professional development for instructors, by improving curriculum, by members making use of technologies, and by creating a system for sharing information. InnovATEBIO continues to support a cadre of well-trained instructors and is helping to increase the number and quality of biotechnology education programs. InnovATEBIO help introduce a wide range of underrepresented students to biotechnology, by helping them acquire the knowledge and skills essential to the field and advance their education in math, science, and engineering. BABEC’s role on the team is to serve as a bridge between high schools and community colleges, so that youth can enter a seamless and well-supported pathway into a career in biotechnology.