Arizona bioscience company reps to join UA students at BIO5-hosted workforce development event April 14
7 Tucson-based companies and W.L. Gore from Flagstaff confirmed participants
(Tucson, Ariz., April 10, 2009) — Arizona bioscience company scientists and human resource representatives will join UA life science, engineering and business students in the first BIO5-hosted bioindustry/student networking event Tues., April 14 from 4-5:30 pm at BIO5’s Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building, 1657 E. Helen St. in Tucson. Event sponsors include the BIO5 Institute at The University of Arizona (UA) and Bioindustry Organization of Southern Arizona, the regional affiliate of the Arizona BioIndustry Association (AZBio).
Confirmed company participants include W.L. Gore, Sanofi-Aventis, HTG, MSDx, BioVigilant, Eye Care & Cure, MDx BioAnalytical, and new UA startup Luceome. More than 100 students have registered—about 60 percent are graduate students and 40 percent are undergraduate students.
“This is a targeted workforce development opportunity for Arizona bioindustry representatives to meet some of the high-quality students at The University of Arizona, and introduce UA students to the breadth of biotech companies in Tucson and across the state. It’s win-win for both groups,” says Kevin Hall, BIO5 Director of Research Training and Career Development. The BIO5 Institute has a three-fold mission: facilitating collaborative life sciences research, training the next generation of scientists, and building bioscience industry partnerships.
Workforce development is a priority for all of the sponsors of this event. “Finding workers with the right skills is a critical element of the continued growth and success of our member companies in Arizona,” says AZBio President Bob Eaton. AZBio is Arizona’s bioindustry trade association, with nearly 200 members and a mission to unify, empower and advance its member organizations.
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