BIO 2007 Community College Program

May, 2007

BIO 2007 International Convention


Community College Program
View presentations of this May 6th 2007 event below.
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA


8:00 to 8:30am Continental Breakfast
8:30 to 8:45am WELCOME: Elaine Johnson
8:45 to 10:15am

Biotechnology is an industry that transforms scientific knowledge into marketable products and services. This session highlights innovative educational programs that expose technical program students to real world business aspects of biotechnology.

Linda R. Rehfuss, Ph.D.
Dean, Math, Science 
& Advanced Technology
Montgomery County Community College
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Tamara Goetz, Ph.D.
Salt Lake Community College
Jordan Applied Tech Center
West Jordan, Utah
Sengyong Lee, Ph.D.
Biotechnology Program Chair
Ivy Tech Community College
Bloomington, Indiana
Lisa Seidman, Ph.D.
Bio-Link North Central Region Director
Madison Area Tech College
Madison, Wisconsin
Dr. Rosa Buxeda
Industrial Biotechnology Program
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
Mayaguez, PR

10:15 to 10:30am BREAK
10:30am to Noon

Industry-Education Collaborative Initiatives
Sonia Wallman, Chair

Seventy-five percent of the biopharmaceutical manufacturing workforce is composed technicians in production, quality, validation and process development. As pressure on the biopharmaceutical sector to get drugs into the marketplace accelerates, industry is partnering with education on the delivery of biopharmaceutical manufacturing education and training to students and incumbent workers. This session features Industry-Education Collaboratives around the nation, in Puerto Rico and Ireland that are working together to build the biomanufacturing education and training and workforce infrastructure for their regions.

PR Bioscience Alliance(
Carlos Tollinche
Director of Scientific Affairs
INDUNIV Research Consortium
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Juan Pablo Gutierrez
Executive Director Plant Manager
Amgen-Puerto Rico
Juncos, Puerto Rico
Bio-Futures of Indiana
Andy Cothrel
V.P. of Operations
Roche Diagnostics
Indianapolis, Indiana

Todd Murphy, Ph.D.
Biotechnology Program Chair
Ivy Tech Community College
Indianapolis, Indiana
Northeast Biomanufacturing Center & Collaborative (NBC2)(
Sonia Wallman, Ph.D.
Director of NBC2
New Hampshire Community Technical College
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Michael Cicio
V.P. Operations, Plant Manager Portsmouth, NH
Lonza Biologics, Inc.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
FAS Ireland (
Valerie Cowman
Assistant Manager
Foras Aiseanna Saothair Training and Development
Cork, Ireland

Noon to 1:30pm Lunch and NETWORKING
1:30 to 3:00pm

Community college programs often include an internship or apprenticeship. This session will explore the value of work experience by illustrating Internship and Apprenticeship programs. Interns, apprentices and faculty will describe their experiences.

Russ Read (and Intern)
Executive Director
National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
Forsyth Technical Community College
Winston-Salem, NC
Mica Welsh, FTCC
Ellyn A. Daugherty (and Intern)
Biotechnology Educator
San Mateo Biotech Careers
San Mateo, California
Video Interview with Boris
Video Interview with Julia
Deb Audino (and Apprentice)
Associate Professor of Biotechnology
New Hampshire Community Technical College
Portsmouth, NH

3:00 to 3:15pm BREAK
3:15 to 4:45pm

A frequently asked question is "Can community and technical college graduates become employed in the biotechnology industry?" There is no better way to learn the answer than to hear from the successful employees themselves. The session will begin with remarks from Victoria Bradshaw, Secretary for the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency. This Agency has a budget of $12.9 billion with 12,500 employees. Following her comments, five graduates from community and technical colleges in different regions of the nation will tell their stories. The message is clear that community and technical colleges are preparing a skilled workforce and public funding is assisting biotechnology programs to prepare the much needed workers.

Jim Crawford, Forsyth Technical Community College

Kelsey Ruddick, Mass Bay Community College

Marlena Jackson, City College of San Francisco

Tori Barron, WiCell Research Institute

4:45 to 5:00pm Wrap-Up/BIO 2008 in San Diego