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WPI Announces First Annual Biotechnology & Bioengineering Corporate Forum and Career Fair

Event Will Focus on the Future of Life Sciences Research & Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/February 8, 2006
Contact: WPI Media Relations, +1-508-831-5609

What:

What does the future hold for the life sciences and biotechnology industries, and how can companies and universities better partner to remain competitive? These will be some of the questions discussed by leaders representing industry, academia, and government at the First Annual WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Biotechnology and Bioengineering Corporate Forum and Career Fair.

Corporate Forum:

Presented by the WPI Bioengineering Institute, the Corporate Forum will provide wide-ranging perspectives on the current state of the industry, its future, and how companies, universities, and government can better work together to meet upcoming research and development needs. These themes will be addressed by government and industry association officials during keynote and plenary comments.

Keynote speaker: U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern (D-MA)
Plenary speakers: Thomas Finneran, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council president Laura Allen, MassMEDIC director of policy and programs

In addition, research and development executives will explore these themes during several lively roundtable discussions and panel presentations. Leaders from more than a half dozen life science and biotechnology companies, including Charles River Labs, ECI Biotech and Genzyme Genetics, will each address three questions from his/her company’s perspective:

  • What are the biggest challenges and opportunities facing your organization in the next five years?
  • What type of university research capability/expertise would be most sought after/valued for potential R&D collaboration?
  • What kinds of human capital and skills does your organization need to meet its future goals?

Networking opportunities are built into the program, allowing attendees to interact during the catered lunch, breaks, and post-event reception.

Who Should Attend:

The Forum will interest life sciences professionals in the areas of research and development, and human resources, especially those working in the fields of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotherapeutics.

When:

Monday, March 20, 2006
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8 - 9 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Reception: 3:15 - 4 p.m.

Cost:

FREE

Career Fair:

With the tremendous growth in the biotechnology and bioengineering fields, the demand for well-rounded professionals is increasing at a rapid pace. To help facilitate corporate recruiting efforts, the WPI Career Development Center is hosting a Biotechnology and Bioengineering Career Fair. It is bringing together students from WPI, and many other colleges and universities in central and western Massachusetts to provide a rich pool of potential candidates ready to make significant contributions.

When:

Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 1 - 4 p.m.

Where:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Campus Center, Odeum room (top level)
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.

Register:

Corporate Forum: To register for the Corporate Forum, visit www.wpi.edu/Bio.

Career Fair: Registration information for the Career Fair is available online at http://wpi-csm.symplicity.com/events/BioFair.

About WPI

Founded in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is one of the nation’s first and leading scientific, engineering and technological universities. Its 18 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. WPI’s world-class faculty work with students in a number of cutting-edge research areas, leading to breakthroughs and innovations in such fields as biotechnology, fuel cells, information security, and nanotechnology.

More Info

For more information about the first annual WPI Biotechnology and Bioengineering Corporate Forum and Career Fair, call 508-831-6024 or e-mail msc@wpi.edu.