A state’s life science industry is only as robust as its available workforce. During the 2019 Georgia Bio Golden Helix Awards Gala, Chuck Fogelgren shared his thoughts on STEM education, public – private partnerships, precision medicine, data and the Georgia ecosystem.

“[Our teacher training program] is specifically designed to help prepare these students to enter the life sciences workforce with additional skills and training that they will only get in, in their classrooms in high school,” Chuck says.”Over the next year we are looking to expand this program to eight rural districts where we can provide this same high quality training to the teachers and therefore the students so that they can pursue careers in the life sciences.

“For that we’re looking for support from both industry and the state. We really see this as a partnership between the public and the private sector. We are ultimately supporting our economy and our students in identifying high paying jobs in the life sciences sector.”


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About Georgia BioEd Institute
The Georgia BioEd Institute is a division of Georgia Bio, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the state’s life science industry. The Institute’s mission is to strengthen Georgia’s life sciences workforce pipeline through classroom-to-career initiatives that align with industry needs. Georgia BioEd Institute is building the capacity of Georgia classrooms to support the future life science workforce with teacher professional development in biotechnology, an equipment depot, and the BioGENEius award for student biotechnology projects. Learn more at http://georgiabioed.org.