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Biocom Institute provides school districts with world class speakers from our member companies to advance life science career pathways and encourage STEM ed.

Biocom Members Educating the Next Generation

  • 2020-11-25T21:30:00.000+0000
  • California
  • Author: Pavel Svoboda

The Biocom Institute is proud to be working with Hayward Unified School District’s Biomedical Sciences Pathway education speaker series. Biocom Institute provides school districts like Hayward USD with world class speakers from our member companies to advance life science career pathways and encourage STEM education in underserved communities throughout California.

Each month students connect with speakers to discuss topics or fields in biomedical sciences. Biomedical students ask thoughtful questions and engage with speakers, showcasing how the online venue allows speakers from anywhere to reach out to virtual classrooms and inform the next generation about careers in the biosciences.

On Friday, October 16, 2020, Valentin Doering, Project Director and Bay Area Business Unit Manager at IPS-Integrated Project Services, LLC, gave a Zoom presentation to Hayward Unified School District’s biomedical pathway seniors at Tennyson High School and Hayward High School. He spoke to the students about his experience in designing, developing, and building bioscience facilities as well as the specifics involved in their construction. IPS-Integrated Project Services (IPS) provides single-source, integrated approach to designing, constructing, and validating technically complex research and development, manufacturing, packaging, and warehouse facilities for the life science industry. IPS was able to contribute great insight on the topic of medical facilities design with how design in biomedical facilities takes the work into consideration.

On November 12, Philip Nase from Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. presented to Biomedical pathway freshmen at Hayward high school on forensic science. He shared his experiences, projects, and work life with our students. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of more than $20 billion and approximately 65,000 employees globally. Their mission is to enable their customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer and to help customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, deliver medicines to market and increase laboratory productivity.

On November 20, Anitha Jayaprakash from Oakland Genomics Center presented to Biomedical pathway students at Hayward high school. She gave an insightful and thought-provoking presentation on the practical uses of genomics. OGC provides lab space to biotech startups once they exit incubators or accelerators. They offer the sharing of resources and technologies to help each other while each company advances their genomics technology.

If you or your company is interested in volunteering, please visit our website and complete the form indicating that you would like to be a speaker.

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