About Us

The BioTech SYSTEM is a regional consortium that includes diverse members of the biotech community in the greater Sacramento Valley (Solano, Yolo and Sacramento Counties) and Northern California.

We work together to address regional challenges in STEM K-14 education by sharing information on the latest biotech research discoveries, career pathways and training programs for students and teachers. Consortium members are involved in organizing and supporting professional development opportunities for life science educators, student contests and research tours, and laboratory equipment loan and donation programs.

As a group, we hope to engage diverse segments of society in conversations about life science impacts on health care, agriculture, and the environment. Founding members include representatives from public colleges and universities, community organizations, local governments, area high schools and biotech industry.

The founding meeting of the consortium took place on July 8, 2005 and was a grassroots effort organized by Dr. Judy Kjelstrom (UC Davis Biotechnology Program), Dr. David Gilchrist & Barbara Soots (UC Davis-PPGE & Biotech in the Classroom), Prof. Jim Dekloe (Solano Community College), Yen Verhoeven (Vacaville HS), and Tammie Holloway (Solano County ROP). Thanks to the UC Davis Biotechnology Program and Dr. Judy Kjelstrom, the BioTech SYSTEM has an administrative home.

Since that initial meeting in the summer of 2005, the BioTech SYSTEM has grown significantly. Under the stewardship of founding director, Carey Kopay (August 2005-Oct 2006), the consortium added ~100 members and was instrumental in the launching the Teen Biotech Challenge contest. Our website serves as a portal to information on local biotech events, teacher workshops and related educational resources.

As the Director of the BioTech SYSTEM, I am privileged to interact with this vibrant community of biotech scientists and educators, all of whom are passionate advocates of science literacy and public engagement. Please contact me for information on becoming a member of the BioTech SYSTEM, sharing information about regional programs, sponsoring the Teen Biotech Challenge and for other biotechnology education-related queries.


Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung