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Building on Biocom’s long history of serving the regional life science community, the Biocom Institute was created to support science education and create pioneering opportunities for students, teachers, and scientists to work with the life science industry.


Biocom Institute Program Highlights

Talent Development and Diversity: Economically Disadvantaged Youth, Veterans, and Women
Our youth need positive role models and real world experiences. Our veterans need help transitioning from military to civilian life. Women need female role models to encourage them to overcome gender bias and move up the corporate ladder. Life science companies recognize that these individuals constitute a promising talent pool for addressing workforce needs in life science sectors. The Institute partners with the community to help find mentors and establish corporate programs that support these important populations.

San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering
In 2012, the Biocom Institute became the new home of the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering. The Festival serves to raise awareness of the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and to inspire San Diego’s youth to pursue education and careers in these rewarding fields. Through interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and engaging speakers, the Festival shows students of all social and economic backgrounds that they have the potential to become tomorrow’s leading scientists, engineers and innovators. Under the Biocom Institute’s direction, San Diego’s youth, their families and the broader community can enjoy exciting science and engineering Festival activities for years to come.

Veteran Career Mentoring Program
The excellent fit between the hiring needs of the growing life sciences industry in San Diego and those of the transitioning military personnel too often go unrealized. Biocom Institute is correcting this by providing transitioning veterans with life science specific career readiness opportunities enabling them with the skills, knowledge and connections to start a career in life science. The program leverages the Biocom network to provide sponsored access to relevant conferences, industry meetings, scientific and community events and pairing with veteran mentors who are leaders in the industry and willing to assist each veteran individually.

BRIDGE & EDGE Grants (2010-2013):
The Biocom Institute and partners have raised $11MM to provide education, training, and placement services to incumbent, veterans, dislocated, and unemployed workers in Southern California.

National STEM Innovator

The Biocom Institute has been recognized by the Carnegie Corporation and Opportunity Equation as one of the top national education innovators who is infusing STEM capacity into our schools by offering critical support. The Institute had one of the strongest innovations generated through the “Partnering for Excellence: Innovations in Science + Technology + Engineering + Math (STEM) Education” competition. The Institute’s unique way of connecting STEM professionals to students was the reason we were chosen as a top innovator out of 266 national entries.

Founding Member of the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI)

The Biocom Institute is a founding member of the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI). CSBI serves as an umbrella for standard practice sharing, joint fundraising and national initiatives for life science (STEM) education (student education, career exploration and teacher professional development); workforce development (workforce training, incumbent worker professional development, dislocated worker training); and entrepreneurship. CSBI provides the opportunity for state bioscience organizations to share knowledge across the country with the goal of improving bioscience education and innovation, while maximizing industry support.

Demand for Talent: Current & Projected Workforce Trends in the Life Science Industry
To develop a national snapshot of the current and projected talent needs in the life sciences industry, the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI), in collaboration with the Biocom Institute, conducted a series of interviews with strategic industry leaders—including CEOs, heads of R&D, commercial development, human resources and manufacturing—from March to May 2013. These interviews were conducted in parallel with quantitative analysis using Burning Glass, a proprietary platform that aggregates, extracts, codes and normalizes job data from more than 23,000 job boards, newspapers, employers and other websites. The report was released at the 2013 BIO International Convention and its contents were so groundbreaking that the results were published in Nature Biotechnology.

Biocom Scholarship and Education Fund:
Over 60 companies/individuals have supported the education fund
 57 students have received funds to help support expenses


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