City College-based biotechnology group secures federal funds 

A San Francisco-based national biotechnology training organization has secured federal funding needed to continue operating until 2013.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier at a press conference on Monday said the City College of San Francisco-based Bio-Link organization would receive $5 million in National Science Foundation funds over four years.

The decision by the federal government to award the grant "speaks volumes" for the work the group has undertaken since it was founded in 1998, Speier said.

The National Science Foundation provides most of Bio-Link's funding, according to executive director Elaine Johnson.

Bio-Link provides support to biotechnology faculty working at community colleges across the country.

"We don't offer the courses - we do the faculty development," Johnson said. "We work on finding internships, we bring people together in national meetings and we provide resources, like a clearing house of instructional materials."

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