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Quest Biotechnology Industry Pipeline Launches at Thomas Jefferson University

Investors, partners, students and mentors gathered to kick-off WorkReady's newest industry pipeline program

Category: WorkReady | Feb 4, 2013

Philadelphia - On Wednesday, January 30, WorkReady Philadelphia's newest industry pipeline program officially launched at Thomas Jefferson University.  Key partners spoke to introduce this innovative pilot program for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, followed by a laboratory tour and demonstration. During the tour students and other attendees were able to participate in hands-on biotechnology activities. 

Click here to view photos and a live Twitter feed from the event.  

Quest is managed by Philadelphia Academies, Inc. and funded by GlaxoSmithKline and The Philadelphia Foundation. Twenty-five students from Roxborough and Lincoln high schools will be connected with mentors from Thomas Jefferson University to engage in educational programs focused on biotechnology science applications and clinical molecular diagnostics. The capstone of this effort is a six-week paid summer internship experience that will provide students with real-world opportunities in the biotechnology field. 

Speakers representing Quest partners included: 

  • Stephanie Gambone, Vice President, External Relations, Philadelphia Youth Network 
  • Mary Linda Andrews, Director, Community Partnerships, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Andrew Swinney, President and CEO,  The Philadelphia Foundation
  • Steve Brandt, Principal, Roxborough High School 
  • Shirley Greening, Chair of Thomas Jefferson University Department of Bioscience Technologies
  • Cheryl Feldman, Executive Director, District 1199C
  • Kayla Hadley, Roxborough  High School student and Quest participant
Quest in the News: 

February 7, 2013
Roxborough Patch
Roxborough students train for tech future

Technically Philly
Quest: WorkReady Philadelphia biotech program launches at Thomas Jefferson University

February 6, 2013
Roxborough Review 
Students get a jumpstart in biotech field

January 29, 2013
Philadelphia Business Journal
GlaxoSmithKline, Phila. Foundation funding science summer internshipsPhiladelphia Tribune

Philadelphia Tribune
Program prepares teens for biotech careers

January 16, 2013
University City Review
The University Of The Science & Thomas Jefferson University Host Career Academies In Biotechnology

January 3, 2013
Technically Philly
Quest: WorkReady Philadelphia launches biotech training program for students

December 17, 2012
New program puts biotech in hands of Philly high schoolers


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