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BioScience Academy: Partnerships
Dr. Jim Harber - Ventura College
L.A. Daily News - Santa Clarita
Ventura College professor James Harber said that training programs for students in the pharmaceutical field are limited to campuses at Solano Community College, Mira Costa Community College, Pasadena City College and Ventura College.
"To give students a practical view of an industry standard for pharmaceutical production, they need a biofermenter," he
said."It's like specialized beer brewing equipment, but instead of beer, we're making pharmaceuticals."Harber
said that the closest college with a biofermenter is Moorpark College
, which has classes in cell culture.
"By collaborating with industry, he
was able to develop state-of-the-art instruction in this area," Harber
has been spearheading biofermenter research and done the lion's share of the research."Harber
and Maloney concurred that instruction in this area is not confined to pharmaceuticals; applications can be found in vaccine production, medical equipment manufacturing, agriculture and national security.
CSUCI > News Releases - B&TP to Present Leadership Awards, Scholarships
The B&TP will honor T. Michael Murray, president, St. John's Regional Medical Center, with the business and community leader of the year award; James J. Harber, Ph.D., director, Central Coast Biotech Center at Ventura College, with the technologist of the year award; and Philip Hampton, Ph.D., CSUCI professor of chemistry, with the faculty leader of the year award.
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Director, South Coast Bio Center at Ventura College
GCIC Board of Directors
Dr. James J. Harber, Board of Directors Dr. James Harber is the Director of the Central Coast Biotechnology Center at Ventura College for the Counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and northwestern Los Angeles, including Santa Clarita.His
charter from the Community Colleges Economic Development arm (Ed>Net) is to decipher the ongoing employment needs of the biotechnology industry and to prompt the Community College programs to match these requests as they update their programs.This broad mission requires CCBC to articulate with those involved with advanced High School, Community College and University curriculum. After receiving a Bachelor's degree from U.C. Davis and a Master's degree from Humboldt State University in Biological Sciences, Dr. Harber obtained a Ph.D. in Genetics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.He
has served on the teaching faculty of the California Institute of Technology, Sonoma
and Northridge State Universities, and Moorpark
and Ventura Community Colleges.He
has taught courses in Virology and Immunology, Genetics, Microbiology, Cancer Biology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and The Biology of Aging.His
publications include 12 peer reviewed articles and chapters and two regional biotechnology cluster industry analysis.He
is especially proud to have authored several chapters of curriculum for the Moorpark College
Biotechnology Program Textbook in conjunction with industry instructors from Amgen
and Baxter Biosciences in 1999. As a board member of both the Venture Coast Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Gold Coast Innovation Center, Dr Harber provides consulting services to biotechnology interests in the form of seminars, forums, surveys and white papers.Dr. Harber
is especially interested in promoting the development of programs that address biopharmaceutical job shortages in manufacturing and regulatory affairs.He
is also a proponent of new approaches to energy production using fuels derived from plants and microbes.Dr. Harber's background adds considerable momentum to GCIC efforts towards development of local infrastructure in biomass derived fuels and biotechnology based alternative energy systems.He is a founding member of the Channel Islands Bioenergy and Bioproducts Consortium (CIB2C), an information sharing alliance of GCIC.