Strengthening Georgia's Bioscience Workforce Pipeline
The BioEd Institute is a division of Georgia Bio. The Institute’s mission is to strengthen the life sciences workforce pipeline through classroom-to-career initiatives that align with industry needs. We are building the capacity of Georgia classrooms to support the future life science workforce with teacher professional development in biotechnology, an equipment depot, a visiting scientist program, and the BioGENEius award for student biotechnology projects. The Institute provides training for current workforce needs (e.g., biotech courses for nonscientists and executive leadership training for future managers), and supports networking and mentoring for early career professionals through the Emerging Leaders Network. Additionally, the BioEd Institute manages federal grants to build the workforce pipleline beyond Georgia.
build the capacity of K-12 schools to generate Georgia’s future life science workforce
strengthen our current workforce through professional development and career services
create an interconnected community of students, educators, researchers and professionals in Georgia
Georgia Bio initiated an education and workforce development program in 2007 through a partnership with the DeKalb County School System and the Biotechnology Institute to improve student achievement in science. In partnership with state agencies, universities, technical colleges and industry, a regionally-focused life science initiative called the “Innovation Crescent” was funded by $1.3 million in Work Ready grants from the Georgia Office of Workforce Development to the Atlanta Regional Commission and a $2 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to a consortium of technical colleges. This grant enabled the implementation of biotechnology high school classes for science credit (Introduction to Biotechnology & Applications of Biotechnology), technical college improvement of their biotechnology programs (via updated laboratories and outreach to high school biotechnology programs), and subsidized industry training.
The GaBioEd Institute continues its commitment to creating a life sciences workforce that can fuel innovation through dynamic biotechnology education and workforce development focused on talent retention and recruitment. Learn More About the Bioscience Pipeline Here.
Board of Advisors
The Georgia BioEd Institute Board of Advisors is a group of engaged volunteers who support and guide the Institute in fulfilling its mission. The Advisors report back to the larger Georgia Bio Board of Directors on the Institute’s progress and accomplishments.
Gabe Khouli, Takeda – 2022-2023 Chair
Barry Bates, Atlanta Technical College
Rebecca Burns, UCB – Immediate Past Chair
Jason Chernock, MedShare
Chuck Fogelgren, Quest Diagnostics
Lisa Olens, Georgia Power
Cynthia Sundell, Georgia Institute of Technology
Stefanie Torres, VWR, a part of Avantor