Society for Industrial Biotechnology


Who is the Society for Industrial Biotechnology?

The Society for Industrial Biotechnology (SIB) is a Penn State student society giving students a unique opportunity to develop into leaders within the industrial biotechnology industry. As an interdisciplinary organization, SIB is comprised of students studying biological engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, biotechnology, biology, molecular biology, biobehavioral health, and other related majors.


Established In




Different majors


Common goal


Without exaggerating, CSL Behring has changed my life. With the gift given to Penn State in 2017, the SIB was created, giving students who share a common interest in biotechnology to connect. Over the past 2 years, I have become deeply involved with this organization and it has prepared me for my career.

—Eli Yudt, former SIB President and Penn State class of '22 student

What they do

Our connection with the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology (CoEIB), opens doors across Penn State and to many leading companies. In return we support their initiatives in the CSL Behring Fermentation Facility and the Sartorius Cell Culture Facility — two world class facilities where we educate our members on bioprocessing and cell culture techniques. SIB also offers unique opportunities to hear from industry professionals, network with industry recruiters and interact with CoEIB faculty and staff.

How they do it?

The CSL Behring gift helped to revitalize Penn State’s biotechnology initiative. It allowed for the creation of the CoEIB, the CSL Behring Fermentation Facility and the SIB. Following close behind was the Sartorius gift which opened the doors of the Sartorius Cell Culture Facility.


The ability to pursue my passions and sharpen my professional skills as the president of the SIB has been an incredible gift.

—Aidan Matunis, current SIB President and Penn State class of '23 student

Membership benefits

  • Professional networking and skill-building opportunities
  • CSL Behring Fermentation Facility shadowing program and training modules
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Access to the CoEIB's professional workshops
  • Leadership and digital acumen development 
  • Connecting with other Penn State students who share an interest in biotechnology