The day starts with a tour of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center followed by several interactive panel sessions. The sessions cover best practices in high school education, what 2-year alumni are doing in the biotech industry, and how education interacts and supports the biotech industry by providing student interns and contract services. At the end of the day, there are three poster sessions. One session focuses on how 2-year programs meet emerging industry trends, and the other two focuses on research performed by college and high school students. Several of the panel and poster topics are further explored in main conference sessions.
Participants must bring their own laptops.
This event was organized by Linnea Fletcher, AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center, Austin, TX; Richard Norris, Center for Plant and Life Sciences, St. Louis, MO; and Elizabeth Boedeker, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO
Register for this preconference workshop when you register for the HI-TEC conference.
Biotechnology Day Pre Conference at HI TEC 2019
Participants arrive Danforth Center Auditorium
Welcome and Biotechnology Overview of St. Louis Sam Fiorello, Chief Operating Officer of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, President, BioResearch and Development Growth (BRDG) Park
Detailed Tour of Danforth Plant Science Center
Interactive Panel Discussion High School STEM
Session #1: High School STEM instructors and coordinators nationwide and from the local St. Louis region. Panelists will share successful initiatives that have been implemented during the school year for STEM, barriers overcome, and how students can be moved into a Biotechnology pipeline with 2 and 4 year biotechnology programs. Each panelist will provide a short introduction, which will be followed by
questions from audience members in an interactive format with a moderator.
Moderator: Linnea Fletcher, AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center, Director
Jennifer Stanfill, Director of Choice Programs, Parkway School District
Jennifer Hess, STEM Instructor, Wentzville High School
Keynote: The state of STEM in Missouri; Kelly Gillespie, President and CEO of the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO)
Interactive Panel Discussion Students’ Success with Biotechnology Careers
Session #2: Graduates from various Biotechnology Programs (St. Louis Community College and elsewhere) will discuss their current employment and how the programs successfully prepared them for industry jobs. Each panelist will provide a short introduction including what lesson or skill they would deem the most important thing they learned. Additional questions from audience members will be encouraged by moderator.
Moderator: Elizabeth (Betsy) Boedeker, STLCC BioBench CRO Coordinator
Loren Calderon, KWS Gateway Research Center, Research Associate
Iwona Hopkins, Biomerieux, Microbiologist, Quality Control Associate
Ian Rappold, MilliPore Sigma, Quality Systems, Quality Assurance Specialist
Nick Sweeney, New Leaf Symbiotics
Interactive Panel Discussion Industry Involvement with Biotechnology Programs
Session #3: The focus of this discussion will be how industry involvement with technical training programs is essential for success, from development initially and continued involvement as programs evolve over time. Additional topics will include how these interactions can benefit both industry partners and programs, with student internships, contracted projects, and equipment availability. Each industry professional will provide a short introduction including relevant comments related to their experience with such technical training programs. Audience members will
provide additional questions with guidance provided by a moderator.
Moderator: Richard Norris, Center for Plant and Life Sciences (STLCC), Director
Maureen Mazurek, New Leaf Symbiotics, Vice President of Communication
Deepika Mishra, CoverCress, post-doctoral scientist and Greenhouse Lead
Veena Veena, Director, Plant and Tissue Culture Transformation Facility, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Leigh Brown, Curriculum and Training Specialist, Bio-Rad Laboratories
Interactive Poster Session: Biotech Programs, college students, and high school students will present posters on the indicated topics.
Poster Session Track #2(college level): Students from the Life Science Lab Assistant Program and the Biotechnology Program
Poster Session Track #3 (high school): High School Biotech Research
Awarding of Top Poster – one for each Student Track