BIO 2012 Community College Program

June, 2012

9th Annual Community College Program Day
June 18th 2012 in conjunction with BIO2012 in Boston, MA

BIO International Convention 2012

Charles River, Boston, MA

The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel
Harbor Ballroom, Sect. III
425 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210


Complimentary BIO Exhibit Hall Passes for Registrants
BIO International Convention 2012 (June 18th to 21st)

7:30am to 8:00am BREAKFAST

8:00am to 8:30am OPENING REMARKS
Greetings and Opening Remarks/ Sonia Wallman/ Organizing Committee
Lance Hartford, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation
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8:30am to 10:15am
Industry- Realities & Expectations (Co- conveners- Lance Hartford and Russ Read, National Center, NC BioNetwork, Winston- Salem, NC)
This session will feature representatives from bioscience industries that provide opportunities for the trained biotechnology/bioscience workforce derived from community colleges. 

10:15am to 10:30am BREAK

10:30am to 12:00pm
Teaching for the Always-Evolving Biotechnology Workplace 
Moderator: Lisa Seidman, Madison Area Technical College
Two year biotechnology departments have developed various innovative programs such as student-led contract research and contract manufacturing organizations, research projects, business incubators, and more. At first glance, these programs seem discordant. But, perhaps they provide similar benefits to students preparing for a complex and changing workplace. This session will explore several innovative instructional models, asking how they benefit student learning.

12:00pm to 1:00pm LUNCH

1:00pm to 2:15pm
Faces of Success: Our Graduates and Their Careers
Elaine Johnson, Bio-Link Director
This interactive session features a lively panel of successful industry professionals who recently gained employability skills at community and technical colleges. Individuals share their pathways to rewarding careers in high-skill, high-wage positions in the biotechnology industry thanks to the access and affordability of targeted programs at community and technical colleges.
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2:15pm to 3:00pm
Featured Keynote Speaker
E. Kevin Hrusovsky, CEO & President of Caliper Life Science
Caliper is a premier provider of cutting-edge technologies enabling researchers in the life sciences industry to create life-saving and enhancing medicines and diagnostic tests more quickly and efficiently. Caliper is aggressively innovating new technology to bridge the gap between in vitro assays and in vivo results, enabling researchers to translate those results into cures for human disease. Caliper’s portfolio of offerings includes state-of-the-art microfluidics, lab automation & liquid handling, tissue microscopy, preclinical imaging technologies, and discovery & development outsourcing solutions. For more information please
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3:00pm to 3:15pm BREAK

3:15pm to 4:30pm
Innovative and New Programs in Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing 
Sonia Wallman, Executive Director of the NBC2
This year’s panel features programs noteworthy in their approach to biotechnology/biomanufacturing education and training and the workforce. Panelists include leaders of the Lone Star Biotechnology Institute at Lone Star College working with the local biomedical and biofuels industry in Houston, TX; the Biomass Production Training Certificate at Mira Costa College part of the EDGE (Educating and Developing Workers for the Green Economy) initiative for San Diego County, CA; the SoCalBio Biomanufacturing Consortium to develop biomanufacturing technician education and training programs to support the maturation of the industry in Los Angeles/Orange Counties, CA; and a new program, Biotechnology and Compliance, focusing on biomanufacturing and partnered with local industry at Quincy College in Quincy, MA
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4:30pm to 5:00pm DISCUSSION