Biotech Summer Institute


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Apply for a professional learning opportunity for Summer 2024 at Genentech Headquarters in South San Francisco, CA through the Summer Fellowship Program.




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The centerpiece of Futurelab+ is a new, free, industry-aligned, open-source high school biotechnology curriculum written by and for teachers, available at

  • Covers two years of instruction.
  • Equips teachers with hands-on labs, interactive resources, and career exploration tools.
  • Designed to be flexible enough for teachers to integrate lessons into the scope and sequence of their existing life science courses.
  • Aligns with existing educational standards, including the California Career Technical Education (CTE) Model Curriculum Standards for Biotechnology, and incorporates three-dimensional learning innovations of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  • Prioritizes industry-alignment, covering the full spectrum of the product life cycle – from molecule to medicine, with intentional focus on associated career opportunities.

Futurelab+ is an ambitious, Genentech-sponsored initiative to get U.S. high school students excited about biotechnology and help build a more diverse and inclusive future workforce in science and medicine. Ignited is proud to collaborate with American Institutes for Research (AIR), BABEC (Bay Area Bioscience Education Community), Discovery Education and Jobs for the Future (JFF) on Futurelab+.

Futurelab+ is comprised of three core elements: 1) a free, industry-aligned, open-source high school biotechnology curriculum available at; 2) a Professional Learning Community that offers professional development, lab supplies, and a network of teachers teaching biotech; and 3) access to volunteer biotech professionals on the Futurelab+ Network.