Biotech day-by-day

December 14, 2008

The Herald-Mail today begins a six-part series, Business of Biotech. Following is a look at what the stories say about the economic development, educational and employment opportunities related to biotechnology.


· The way Hagerstown Community College sees it, Washington County stands on the edge of opportunities that could transform its economic future. HCC President Guy Altieri says in a new report that the community must begin discussions about education, economic development and 21st-century bioscience-related jobs.

· Maryland's top economic development official foresees biotech companies starting to pop up in Washington County in a big way within a few years.


· Fort Detrick, the military installation that increasingly is home to large governmental biomedical laboratories and agencies, has become both a magnet and a lifesaver to many businesses in Frederick County, Md.


· Fort Detrick's garrison commander is looking to Washington County for businesses and employees who can support the work at the U.S. Army base's labs. And she wants to partner with local schools to improve the science curriculum.


· Fort Detrick's hive of laboratories has drawn dozens of biotech companies to Frederick County, Md. Millions and even billions of dollars in work is available to meet the needs of all of these organizations.

· The Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College strives to help fledgling scientists. If they succeed, officials hope, more such biotech companies will be drawn to Washington County.


· Technical High School, home of Washington County's new Academy for Biomedical Sciences, is among a few dozen high schools nationwide pioneering the Project Lead the Way biomed program.

· What do the careers of occupational therapist, paramedic, registered dietitian and pharmacist have to do with biotech?


· Two students who next spring are to be the first to graduate from HCC with biotech degrees have landed internships with big biotech organizations in Frederick, Md.


· Meena Chandok is a scientific sleuth in pursuit of a killer.

· Fusheng Guo works alone, producing batches of concentrated protein for other biotech labs.

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