About Us

Biocom Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2008 by Biocom, the largest and most experienced advocate for California’s life science sector.  

Our mission is to develop and promote a skilled and diverse pipeline of talent to accelerate the growth of California’s life science ecosystem.

We collaborate with the life science industry, government, non-profits, the K-12 and community college systems, institutions of higher education, and other stakeholders to meet and anticipate the workforce needs of the life science community, and to promote the advancement of life science talent throughout the world.

OUR APPROACH:

We develop and curate programs that foster career exploration, preparation, and advancement to connect the emerging workforce and current professionals with essential skills, knowledge, and opportunities to enter and thrive in life science careers.

We identify innovative solutions to address employers’ workforce needs, report on industry and workforce trends, and catalyze conversations around best practices to train and retain talent for current and emerging roles.

We support K-16 educators by providing high-quality professional development, real-world life science curriculum, and industry resources to inspire and educate the future life science workforce.

We create and curate professional development content for skill development and career advancement through industry recognized certification programs.

Our Team

STAFF

Karmin Noar

Executive Director

Karmin Noar

Executive Director

Vicki Brannock

Director of Workforce Strategy and Innovation

Vicki Brannock

Director of Workforce Strategy and Innovation

Howard Chan

Manager of Instruction and Curriculum

Howard Chan

Manager of Instruction and Curriculum

Brandon Leck

Development Manager

Brandon Leck

Development Manager

Karen Overklift

Education and Industry Outreach Manager

Karen Overklift

Education and Industry Outreach Manager

Marisa Molina

Sr. Project Coordinator

Marisa Molina

Sr. Project Coordinator

Lauren Shipp

Science Educator

Lauren Shipp

Science Educator

Board of Directors

Steve Mento

President & CEO, Conatus Pharmaceutical

Steve Mento

President & CEO, Conatus Pharmaceutical

Paul Negulescu

Senior Vice President & Site Head, San Diego Research, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Paul Negulescu

Senior Vice President & Site Head, San Diego Research, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Joe Panetta

CEO & President, Biocom

Joe Panetta

CEO & President, Biocom

David Webb

CEO, Synbal, Inc

David Webb

CEO, Synbal, Inc