Amgen BioTalents

“Nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

The Amgen BioTalents goal is to motivate undergraduate science and engineering students to pursue professional careers in life sciences by providing them with hands-on experiences in biomanufacturing and exposure to management leadership.

Biomanufacturing Processes

The training will introduce participants to the concepts of a large-scale bioprocessing system: where fermentation is the heart of the upstream processing to accomplish the biological synthesis of a recombinant protein, followed by the downstream processing which will produce the final purified product.

Industrial Environment

The training will address industrial regulations, quality control, environmental monitoring, cleanroom and aseptic conduct related to the industrial production of recombinant proteins.

Management Leadership

The technical experience in biomanufacturing will be developed in the context of understanding the elements associated to leadership, project management, strategic planning, professional behavior and ethics.

At the end of the experience, attendees will be able to understand the different components of a biomanufacturing process, learn about and understand aseptic behavior, cleanroom and gowning in a controlled environment, gain knowledge and skills associated with recombinant protein expression, fermentation and purification, perform basic quality control techniques to ensure product quality, understand validation and biomanufacturing regulations associated with good manufacturing practices, standard operating procedures and documentation. Furthermore, participants will be exposed to career paths in biomanufacturing, project management, strategic planning and professional behavior and ethics. Participants will be involved in hands-on activities as interdisciplinary teams and will visit a biotechnology company to complement their workshop experience.

Training Overview and Shedule

Participants will work in interdisciplinary teams and are expected to engage in active participation through assigned tasks, as well as hands-on laboratory experiences.

Overview of Biomanufacturing


Aseptic Behavior & Conduct


Cleanroom and Gowning in a Controlled Environment.


Enviromental Monitoring


Recombinant protein expression






Basic quality control techniques to ensure product quality


Biomanufacturing regulations associated with good manufacturing practices


Regulations and documentation


Career paths in biomanufacturing


Project management


Strategic planning


Professional behavior and ethics


Biomanufacturing plant trip


Training Schedule

Amgen BioTalents will be offered once every academic semester. Applications open at the beginning of spring and fall semesters of years 2015-2017.

Training Staff

Dr. Rosa Buxeda

Dr. Rodolfo Romañach

Dr. Luis Ríos

Dr. Sandra Maldonado

Dr. David Suleiman
Chemical Engineering

Esq. Miguel Segui
Business Administration

Dr. Sonia Bartolomei
Industrial Engineering

Dr. Lorenzo Saliceti
Chemical Engineering

Dr. Viviana Cesani
Industrial Engineering

Prof. Mercedes Ferrer
Industrial Engineering

Dr. Rafael Montalvo

Jamilette Acevedo
Program Administrator

Ramiro Vidal

Coralis Rodríguez
Graduate Student

Application Checklist

  • Fill application form (online)
  • Submit official transcript, including courses approved last semester (contact below)
  • Submit recommendation letter from professor of your department (contact below)
  • Submit support letter from a professional or student organization (contact below)
  • Resumé (online)
  • Assay on how Amgen BioTalents would become an integral part of your professional career (online)


Applicants must comply with ALL of the following requirements:

  • Full-time B.S. student from science (Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Biotechnology, Microbiology, Physics) or engineering (Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical) majors.
  • GPA 3.00 or above.
  • 60 credit hours approved.

Next Workshops

  • September 30, 2017
  • October 1, 2017
  • October 7, 2017
  • October 9, 2017


Closing date Extended !

Application will open on Aug 1, 2017 and close on September 5, 2017 4:30 PM

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Contact Us

Contact Us

University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez Campus
College of Arts and Sciences
Celis Building, Office C-304

Program Administrator