MassBioEd Honors Champions for Biotechnology Education at Third Annual Awards Reception

Oct 29, 2018

Reception to celebrate and recognize two individuals and one company for outstanding advocacy for and support of biotechnology educational programs in Massachusetts

October 29, 2018 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) — The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) will host its third annual Champions for Biotechnology Education Awards Reception on November 27th at the UMass Club to celebrate and recognize the outstanding advocacy for and support of biotechnology educational programs in Massachusetts. 2018 honorees include Udit Batra, CEO of MilliporeSigma, Lindsey L’Ecuyer, a biotechnology teacher at Andover High School, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

“We’re honored to recognize the contributions of this year’s Champions for biotechnology education, as each awardee has helped advance students in our region toward the incredible opportunities in the life sciences,” said Michelle Mischke, Director of Education Programs at the MassBioEd Foundation. “With demands on hiring in the industry at an all-time high, it’s more critical than ever to engage and excite more students about job opportunities that can have a real, measurable impact on patients.”

As an engineer, Dr. Batra is deeply aware of the value of solid grounding in the fundamentals of science and evoking a learning mindset through curious investigation. Under his leadership, MilliporeSigma has invested in three main areas of science education, which include direct-to-student programs, teacher preparation and advocacy, and science centers and museums. Batra and his team introduced the Curiosity Cube™ mobile science lab, a retrofitted shipping container where students interface with many scientific tools and concepts that relate to real-world industry trends. MilliporeSigma also formalized a partnership with Seeding Labs to provide lab equipment, training, and opportunities to scientists in developing countries.

“As a leading science and technology company with a 350-year-history, we must do our part in leaving the world a better place than we found it. Programs like the Curiosity Cube™ mobile science lab and SPARK contribute to inspire the next generation of scientists,” said Batra. “On behalf of my colleagues who have dedicated countless hours to making our programs relevant and memorable, I want to thank MassBioEd for this honor.”

As an educator at Andover High School, L’Ecuyer has been instrumental in illuminating biotechnology career pathways for her graduates. She continues to grow the biotechnology program at Andover High and has implemented more authentic life sciences labs into regular life sciences classes and after school activities. Through her efforts, Andover students receive high quality, engaging and relevant life sciences curriculum that prepares them for the demands of the 21st century. Even more, L’Ecuyer continuously shares her teaching expertise and insights with other educators and has helped to create a community of practice that promotes the MassBioEd mission by guiding and supporting teachers to adopt more hands-on learning and student-centered activities.

Support from the biotech industry, especially those companies with a large presence in Massachusetts, has been critical to MassBioEd’s efforts in expanding its education programs, and Takeda has been a true leader in this regard. Takeda has been a long-standing supporter of education-focused and community centered organizations through its Living Through Giving program and has been an active contributor to MassBioEd’s BioTeach program.  

“Takeda is truly honored to be recognized by the MassBioEd Foundation as the 2018 Champion Organization for Biotechnology Education,” said Georgia Keresty, Head, Global Medical Sciences & Development Operations, Takeda. “To meet the healthcare challenges of tomorrow, we must provide scientific education, training and experiential learning to the students of today. Takeda is a proud supporter of the MassBioEd BioTeach program and, through our local community outreach programs, continues to be active participants in the cities in which we live and work.”

The event also raises funds for MassBioEd, which is focused on building the region’s life sciences workforce through innovative education and workforce programs. Sponsors for the reception include MilliporeSigma, Alexandria RE, Biogen, Sanofi Genzyme, Organogenesis, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, MLSC, WPI, Foley Hoag, and Patriot's Place.

Register for the reception here.

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About the MassBioEd Foundation

MassBioEd’s mission is to build a sustainable life sciences workforce in the region through educational programs that inspire and propel students, engage and excite teachers, and illuminate the pathway from the classroom to careers.  A 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, MassBioEd’s vision is for a talented regional workforce to sustain a world-class life sciences industry. Learn more at http://www.massbioed.org.

 

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