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Local Education to Build Life Sciences Career Pathways
4/2/2013

Summit is part of Virginia Bio 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Charlottesville/Albemarle County community is sponsoring a Life Sciences Education Summit as part of the upcoming Celebration of the Biosciences in Virginia hosted by Virginia Bio to be held at Boars Head Inn on May 2.  The Education Summit will bring together area educators, government officials, biotechnology industry representatives and economic developers for an energetic conversation focused on the future of STEM-H education in the Charlottesville/Albemarle community.  Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Health (STEM-H) education is a leading strategy for establishing the region as a hot spot where the life sciences flourish.

The morning-long STEM-H Education Summit is focused on developing actionable outcomes that will encourage early scientific interest in our schools, develop career pathways, and nurture our life sciences industry.  Remarks from the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation will kick off the event, followed by a look at Central Virginia's current STEM-H education and workforce development programs.  Most importantly, participants will identify the next steps in building important partnerships between educators and industry leaders.

“We looked up and saw an emerging community of life science interests.  To support this environment with the necessary workforce, we need to create educational pathways at all levels.” said Tom Thorpe, President of Afton Scientific based in Albemarle County.

The summit is part of a series of events celebrating biosciences in Virginia on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Virginia Bio, which will culminate that evening with a statewide reception and banquet. Virginia Bio is the statewide organization promoting commercialization of the life sciences in Virginia.  It promises to be the most comprehensive and largest gathering of Virginia’s life sciences industry in memory.     The Education Summit is open to interested members of the community, but space is limited on a first come first serve basis – registration and more details can be found here: http://vabio.org/anniversary/education-summit/

About Virginia Bio
Virginia Bio formed in 1992, is the premier statewide non-profit trade association representing the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. With over 200 member Virginia Bio is an effective advocate for the biopharmaceutical and device industries before federal, state and local policy-makers. Virginia Bio is the official state affiliate of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit us at
www.vabio.org, on Twitter @vabio or via our Facebook page, Facebook.com/virginiabio.


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