Montgomery College’s BioTrain Offers Engaging and Valuable Professional Development Programming for Life Science Professionals

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BioTrain is a sector partnership of biotechnology companies, government entities, and nonprofit organizations led by Montgomery College that collaborates to shape a technical workforce that is ready for today and tomorrow. The program is located at Montgomery College’s Bioscience Education Center (BEC) and is a critical element to the BioHealth Capital Region’s (BHCR) workforce development ecosystem.

Strengthening University-Industry Biopharmaceutical Partnerships

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Institutes such as the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) have been assets to the growing biopharmaceutical manufacturing community. The institute aims to accelerate biopharmaceutical innovation, support the development of standards that enable more efficient and rapid manufacturing capabilities, and educate the next workforce generation. A part of Manufacturing USA®, the organization receives both federal and private funding, and its membership is extensive, including both biopharmaceutical companies and academic institutes.

5 Questions with Nikki Marchan, MPH. Senior Specialist, Antimicrobial Resistance, Association of Public Health Laboratories

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Nikki Marchan is public health professional who is passionate about progressing the study of infectious diseases for enhanced prevention, detection, and response. As a Senior Specialist with the Association of Public Health Laboratories, she provides support for laboratory and surveillance activities and works on behalf of and in collaboration with public health laboratories, federal partners, and other public health organizations.

5 Questions with James Bucky Polk, Chief Commercial Officer, Scientific Bioprocessing

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After 25 years with an extensive track record of success in the Medical Device space, Bucky Polk joined SBI in July 2020. He is a well-rounded executive with a vast collection of skills and experiences. Colleagues and customers have said that his authenticity, candor, and ability to connect with people are what set him apart. In his most recent role for Philips, he was responsible for the customer engagement of the most influential global Interventional Cardiologists, Vascular Surgeons, and Interventional Radiologists.

5 Questions with Raj Vora, PE, Life Sciences Core Market Leader, DPR Construction

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Raj Vora is a Life Sciences Core Market Leader, Responsible for business growth, technical expertise, and account management of the DPR Construction’s life sciences portfolio in the region through project and customer development or project-specific roles. Focused on cGMP manufacturing facilities primarily in the cell and gene therapy market and involved in lab, containment, and other research projects.

5 Questions with Nivedita Hegdekar, Scientific Writer, and Communications Co-Chair for the Women in Bio Capital Region Chapter

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Nivedita ‘Niv’ Hegdekar is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore pursuing a dual degree in biomedical sciences and patent law. Prior to joining her PhD program, she obtained her degree in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences from the prestigious Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.

5 Questions with Natalie McKinney, Industry Programs Director, Biologics, US Pharmacopeia

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Natalie McKinney is a marketing strategy leader with 15+ years of experience in life sciences and technology organizations. She uses data-driven, customer-centric approaches to gain a deep understanding of dynamic customer needs and drivers. She enjoys leveraging internal and external relationships to build a holistic customer view and gains alignment on high-impact, right-sized product and marketing investments that are timed appropriately for the market.

5 Questions with Danielle Kalkofen, Quality Control Scientist, Vigene Biosciences

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Danielle Kalkofen is a molecular cell biologist and biochemist with 15 years of industry and academic experience. In 2015, she turned her focus to biological assay development, leading cross-functional teams to develop, validate, and commercialize new pathogen detection assay products.