Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences
The Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences (referred to simply as KGI) was founded in 1997 to address the needs of both biology-focused students and the life sciences industries. The William. M. Keck Foundation provided an initial funding of $50 million (current use and endowment) to establish KGI. An additional $20 million grant from Keck and $30 million from other sources has been invested subsequently. KGI is a member of the Claremont Colleges Consortium, in Claremont, California.
Initially, KGI’s sole degree was the two-year master of bioscience (MBS). The Fully Employed Master of Bioscience Program was added this year for full-time employees. This three-year program is delivered via distance learning and evening classes. The MBS curriculum consists of about 70 percent science/engineering and 30 percent management/ethics, with a strong emphasis on teamwork and problem solving. A summer internship is required as well as an industry-sponsored team project in the second year.
KGI’s founding president, Henry Riggs, was formerly the president of Harvey Mudd College, also a Claremont Colleges Consortium member. His vision for KGI grew from the following observations and assumptions:
KGI enrolled its first students in 2000. The 200 MBS graduates from its first six classes are now employed in a variety of positions (typically not basic research) in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and related companies. One employer alone, Amgen, has hired about 20 percent of KGI’s graduates. The KGI Board of Trustees and Advisory Council include representatives of industry, particularly in biotechnology.