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BioTeach Engages Teachers in Bioscience Business – October 22, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015  
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On Thursday, October 22nd, science teachers from public and private schools as well as community colleges across the Commonwealth will once again descend on local life science companies to learn first-hand how businesses use science to improve human health and open career possibilities for students. The statewide BioTeach event will promote collaboration between Virginia educators and the bioscience business community to nurture student interest in bioscience and related technology, engineering and math (BioSTEM) careers.

Created by the Virginia Bio Foundation in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education Office of Science and Health Education, and the Office of Virginia STEM, BioTeach will rally teachers and the bioscience business community around BioSTEM education. They will discuss opportunities to ignite student interest in biotechnology careers, where science and discovery are transformed into technologies, products and services that solve critical healthcare needs.

Three bioscience organizations from will participate in the third statewide BioTeach event.
  • Afton Scientific, Charlottesville, VA
    2020 Avon Ct
    Charlottesville, VA 22902

  • Mediatech (a Corning Subsidiary), Manassas, VA
    9345 Discovery Blvd.
    Manassas, VA 20109

  • Tyton BioEnergy Systems, Danville, VA
    300 Ringgold Industrial Pkwy
    Danville, VA 24540

"We are thrilled to have this opportunity to engage our teaching professionals to the business of bioscience and connect them to potential partners in education,” said Eric Rhoades, Director of the VDOE Office of Science and Health Education. “Our teachers are the most important influencers in students’ desires to pursue career paths.”

“This has been a well-coordinated effort with the Commonwealth’s education leadership,” added Jim Powers, Chairman of the Virginia BIO Foundation and CEO of HemoShear Therapeutics, LLC. “We hope that this event will lead to lasting programs that directly connect bioscience businesses with teachers and their students to provide stimulating exposure to what our companies do and the career possibilities.”

The event will be held at each location from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Teachers may register to attend the event at Virginia Bio website.

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