Established in 1991, the two year associate degree program provides basic understanding of biotechnology and laboratory techniques. Developed with assistance from area biotechnology firms, students acquire skills that can be applied in a wide variety of biotechnology industries, from manufacturing to research. With hands-on training using state of the art instrumentation in spectroscopy, protein determination and separation techniques such as filtration, centrifugation, chromatography, and electrophoresis, the program prepares students for employment. Potential entry-level positions include Manufacturing Technician and Chemistry QC technician. With roughly 25 students enrolled, about 5 complete the program annually. A total of 40 graduates are estimated to be working in biomanufacturing jobs today, including at Wyeth in Andover and Genzyme in Boston.