The unsung link between drug discovery and patients: enter the CDMO

Life sciences innovation is frequently born in a lab whether university, commercial, virtual or other. But translating cutting-edge research into products and therapies that benefit humans requires the expertise of many different scientists and other professionals, all adding their own unique perspectives. Centralized providers of such in-depth and granular insight include contract research organizations, contract manufacturing organizations,…

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Workforce development + market access = economic growth

Gerresheimer Medical Systems has invested approximately $18 million in its Peachtree City facilities in the past five years, citing a need to be closer to its North American customers while expanding its design innovation and plastics manufacturing capabilities. While it is just one part of the 40-location, 10,000-employee, $1.4 billion company’s worldwide footprint, the investments…

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Georgia BioEd Completes Inaugural Rural Teacher Training Initiative

The Georgia BioEd Institute, together with Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers and the Georgia Department of Education, hosted the inaugural Rural Teacher Training Initiative (RTTI) at UGA’s Griffin Campus on January 13th and 14th, 2020. Seventy-two science teachers in 7th through 12th grade representing 40 Georgia school districts participated. More than 10,000 students in…

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Georgia Bio’s 2020 Legislative Agenda and What to Watch

By Joseph Santoro The 2020 Georgia state legislative session officially kicked off yesterday. As usual, the first week will set the course for the session, one which we believe will be compressed compared to 2019 primarily because it’s an election year and members need to get home to be close to their constituents. Our 2020…

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Careers in Life Sciences Video Interview: Meet Mikele Glaspie, Manufacturing Supervisor at Dendreon

Enjoy this brief interview with Mikele Glaspie, Manufacturing Supervisor at Dendreon. Dendreon is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company and a pioneer in the development of immunotherapy. In her interview, Glaspie discusses the responsibilities of her job and what steered her away from chemical engineering towards biology. “I would tell my younger self to embrace the trial…

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Careers in Life Sciences Video Interview: Meet Caroline Jackson, Research Associate at ArunA Bio

Enjoy this brief interview with ArunA Bio Research Associate Caroline Jackson. Jackson graduated from the University of Georgia with Bachelor’s degrees in Cellular Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Based in Jackson’s college town of Athens, Georgia, ArunA Bio manufactured neural stem cells for the world’s leading research organizations for over 12 years. Currently, they…

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Careers in Life Sciences Video Interview: Meet Emily Baker, Research Scientist at ArunA Bio

Enjoy this brief interview with ArunA Bio Research Scientist Emily Baker. Baker earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and her PhD in Neuroscience. Based in Athens, Georgia, ArunA Bio manufactures neural stem cells for the world’s leading research organizations, striving to improve outcomes for neurodegenerative, genetic, and rare diseases. In her interview, Baker discusses…

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Video interview: Meet Shakena Day, Senior Quality Associate at Dendreon

Enjoy this brief interview with Dendreon Senior Quality Associate Shakena Day. Dendreon is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company and a pioneer in the development of immunotherapy. In her interview, Day discusses her affinity for time spent in the lab and the science that underlies her work. She also advises students interested in the life sciences to…

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Careers in life sciences video interview: Meet Chris Sweat, Quality Control Supervisor at Dendreon

Enjoy this brief interview with Chris Sweat, Quality Control Supervisor at Dendreon. Sweat graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Dendreon is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company and a pioneer in the development of immunotherapy. In his interview, Sweat discusses the day-to-day responsibilities of his job (ensures the safety of Dendreon…

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