Community College Program at BIO 2014

June, 2014

11th Annual Community College Program

June 23, 2014

7:30 AM-5:00 PM


Presented in conjunction with BIO 2014



Embassy Suites San Diego Bay - Downtown

601 Pacific Highway

San Diego, California 92101


Embassy Suites San Diego Bay - Downtown Hotel, CA


The 11th annual Community College Program will be held from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm on Monday, June 23, 2014 at the Embassy Suites in San Diego, CA in association with the annual international Biotechnology Industry Organization meeting held nearby at the San Diego Convention Center.  The CCP brings together community college faculty, high school teachers, industry and organizations focused on biotechnology, biomanufacturing, regenerative medicine, biofuels/industrial biotechnology, and biomedical devices to learn from each other and to develop a network of educational programs to support industry needs for biotechnicians.  The four sessions include: Tools for the Bioeconomy; Faces of Success - Career Pathways of Community College Graduates; Workforce Readiness for Bioscience Emerging Technologies; and Biotech Education Goes Global - International Collaboration in the Education and Training of Biotechnology Technicians.

The keynote will be delivered by Peter Pellerito, BIO Senior Advisor of Economic Development and University/College Relations.  Lunchtime keynote talks will be given by Dr. Gary Green, President of Forsyth Technical Community College and Lori Lindburg, Executive Director of BayBio Institute.  

The CCP is organized by NBC2 at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA; Bio-Link at San Francisco City College in San Francisco, CA; and the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC.




Registration is $175.00 and includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day.

Additionally, all registrants will receive a complimentary pass for the Exhibit Hall at the BIO 2014 Convention.


The Community College Program at BIO 2014


Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:00-8:30 AM


Keynote Address: A View from BIO

8:30-9:30 AM

Peter M. PelleritoBIO Senior Advisor, Economic Development and University/College Relations



Panel: Workforce Readiness for Bioscience Emerging Technologies

9:30-10:45 AM

Moderators: Sulatha Dwarakanath and Russ H. Read


New Emerging Fields and Course Development

Sulatha Dwarakanath, Austin Community College


Responding to Emerging Career Opportunities in Medical Devices

Giovanna Taylor, St. Petersburg College


Emerging Training Trends in Natural Products

Sarah Schober, BioNetwork


Materials Science in Regenerative Medicine

Kristina Stumpf, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine


From the Bench to Bedside- Clinical Research Jobs & Training Requirements

Russ H. Read, Forsyth Technical Community College

Bench to Bedside Slides.pdf



10:45-11:00 AM


Panel: Biotech Education Goes Global: International collaboration in the education and training of biotechnology technicians

11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Moderator: Jim DeKloe


Bio-Link Collaboration gives rise to an international outreach effort: The Haiti Bioscience Initiative

Jim DeKloe, Solano College

Haiti Bioscience Initiative Slides.pdf


The BioTalent Canada Experience

François Schubert, D. Pharm., MHA, MPH, FASHP, FASCP, FCSHP.


How Do We Best Serve Our Global Industry Partners through our Training and Educational Partnerships?

Dr. Stephen Dahms, SoCalBio



12:15-1:45 PM

Lunchtime Keynote: Community College Collaborations in the Biosciences-Past, Present, and Future Trends

Dr. Gary Green, President of Forsyth Technical Community College

Lunchtime Keynote: Highlights from the 2014 CSBI Demand for Talent in the Life Sciences Industry Report

Lori Lindburg, Executive Director, BayBio Institute


Panel: The Faces of Success

1:45-3:00 PM

Moderator: Elaine A. Johnson


Faces of Success is an interactive session featuring successful industry professionals who recently gained employability skills at community and technical colleges. These successful 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.

Faces of Success Slides.pdf


Maria E Rodriguez-Aguirre

Research Associate II - Cancer Biology

Tocagen, Inc.

Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA


Kristina Stumpf


Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, NC


Daniel Pedry

Bioprocess Technician

Genentech Oceanside

MiraCosta Community College, Oceanside, CA


Tracy T. Naputi (Ludwick)

Chemist I

INOVA Diagnostics, Inc.

Miramar College, San Diego, CA


Katrice Jalbert

QA Technical Writer Level 3

Lonza Biologics

Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, NH


Cali Nguyen

BCN Biosciences

Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA



3:00-3:15 PM


Panel: Tools for the Bioeconomy

3:15 PM-4:30 PM

Moderator: Sonia Wallman


The bioeconomy is growing, particularly biofuels and industrial biotechnology powered by the recognition that petroleum products will be a thing of the past, in the future.  The panel will focus on tools technicians will use to support the development, production and analysis of bioproducts and the bioeconomy.  Tools to produce and analyze bioproducts are sophisticated and powerful.  Students need hands-on familiarity with using these tools and interpreting the data these tools provide.  Technical experts will ‘demonstrate’ the use of some key instruments in use today.


Tools for Upstream Processing: Bioreactors and Centrifuges

Paul Earnshaw, Eppendorf


Bioinformatics for Biotechnicians

Sandra Porter, Digital World Biology

Bioinformatics for Biotechnicians Slides.pdf


ICP – OES Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry for the Detection of Trace Metals in Food, Feedstocks, and Biofuels

Michael Plantz, ThermoFisher


Monitoring Biofuels and Feedstock Production Using Proven Chromatography and Spectroscopy Methods

Paul Voelker, Thermo Scientific


Discussion and Closing Remarks

4:30 PM-5:00 PM


Location Activities: 
Monday, June 23, 2014