Montgomery College Signs MOU with KeyGene
April 30, the College signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with
KeyGene, a corporation with offices in Rockville. Keygene assists
breeding companies with crop development, or put more simply, their aim
is for a green gene revolution.
Montgomery college and
KeyGene is expanding on their partnership already begun with BIOTrain
and internships. KeyGene will develop and deliver new educational
opportunities outlining the features and benefits of modern techniques
in agricultural molecular biology, including those that have been
pioneered by KeyGene and their partners over the last 25 years. This
will include a seminar on the current state of GMO properties and use
since this topic is of broad interest in our community.
purpose of the MOU is to close skill gaps, enable entry into the biotech
industry and advancement for those already in the industry. Montgomery
College and KeyGene share the goal of providing the best workforce
education and training. This includes developing internship and job
opportunities within KeyGene that can be available for qualified
Montgomery College students and graduates. KeyGene has already hired two
MC biotech students.
Fayaz Khazi, Ph.D., Chief Executive
Officer, KeyGene USA is pictured signing the MOU with Montgomery College
President Dr. DeRionne Pollard.
Thomas Fuerst, Ph.D., Director, Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research was in attendance.
Rudolf Bekink, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Sonny Ramaswamy, Ph.D., Director of National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Michael Gill, Secretary of Maryland, Department of Business and Economic Development
Closing remarks were delivered by Arjen van Tunen, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, KeyGene Netherlands
Montgomery College Biotechnology Faculty in Japan
of Biotechnology Lori Kelman spent the summer of 2013 in Japan. Her husband,
Zvi Kelman, NIST, was awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
fellowship. During that time she worked with Sonoko and Yoshizumi Ishino at
Kyushu University and gave talks at Kyushu and Kumamoto Universities.
An article from that work, "The Archaeal DNA Replication Machinery: Past,
Present and Future," was published in Genes and Genetic Systems (December
2013). The review describes how Archaea, single-celled extremophilic organisms,
were once grouped evolutionarily with bacteria. But they were shown in 1977 to
be a separate domain of life and became a model system for DNA replication
studies, helping scientists understand the differences between bacteria and eukaryotes.
The paper was selected as the cover art for the issue.
CoverKelman2013 - (7.89KB. pdf)
Montgomery College Expands in Life Sciences Field
GERMANTOWN, Md. — When Montgomery College students come back to the Germantown
campus this fall, a new 140,000-square-foot Bioscience Education Center will be
waiting for them. as part of a plan to advance the Montgomery County area in the
technology and life science industries. The $87.9 million project was supported
by the state of Maryland and Montgomery County as part of their goals to advance
the area in the technology and life sciences industries.
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The Biotechnology AAS at Montgomery College now transfers to
Washington Adventist University for a bachelor’s degree in biology.
The Articulation Agreement is to establish collaboration
between WAU and MC to facilitate the transfer and degree completion of students
earning the Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology at MC to the Bachelor
of Science in Biology at WAU. This provides a systematic plan for students to
continue their higher education beyond MC.
MdBio Foundation Renews Support for Montgomery College Biotechnology Students
The MdBio Foundation issued its fifth grant to Montgomery College this past September, providing support that will bolster the College's scholarship funds to biotechnology students.
In total, over the last six years, the foundation has provided grants totaling $60,000, which has allowed the College to award 65 scholarships to deserving students. Recipients of the MdBio Scholarship demonstrate both strong academic accomplishment by earning a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and financial need.
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Campus Conversations- Kimberly White
Kimberly White, a 2012 graduate of the Biotechnology Program, was featured in Campus Conversations and Insights Magazine. Hear how this mother of 5 got hands-on experience to update her skills before returning to the workforce.
Please click to watch her video.
Montgomery College Awarded $100,000 from GlaxoSmithKline to Benefit the Biotechnology Programs
Montgomery College received a $100,000 grant from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a leading pharmaceutical and healthcare company that recently acquired Rockville-based biotechnology company, Human Genome Sciences (HGS). The grant will create the GSK Biotechnology & Bio-manufacturing Endowed Scholarship to support Montgomery College's efforts to help ensure a highly-trained pipeline of employees for the Maryland biotechnology workforce.
"Educating and training for 21st century jobs is essential to the long-term economic growth of our industry and our country," said Mary Linda Andrews, Director, Community Partnerships, GlaxoSmithKline. "GSK is proud to partner with Montgomery College as they continue their tradition of providing state-of-the-art educational opportunity for students."
"We are pleased to partner with GlaxoSmithKline and to continue our work with its Montgomery County site to provide high quality education for our biotechnology and biomanufacturing students," said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College. "Scholarships are crucial to helping promising students with financial need pursue their academic and career dreams. We are grateful to GlaxoSmithKline for its generous support."
The biotechnology program at Montgomery College is located on the Germantown Campus and provides state-of-the-art educational opportunities in applied biotechnology, bioscience, and bio-manufacturing, integrating laboratory and classroom instruction. Students may complete a certificate program or receive an associate of applied science degree, and are prepared to move directly into the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree. Additional information is available on the College's website: http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EDU/Department.aspx?id=7700
One of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, GSK is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information go to us.gsk.com, follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS or visit our blog: http://www.morethanmedicine.us.gsk.com/blog/.
The Montgomery College Foundation and the College's biotechnology department are very grateful for the generous support of GlaxoSmithKline. For additional information, please contact Rose Garvin Aquilino, director of corporate and foundation relations, at 240-567-4249.
MdBio Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to Montgomery College for Biotech Scholarships
The MdBio Foundation is providing a $10,000 grant to support the MdBio Scholarship for students working toward their certificate or associate's degree in biotechnology at the Germantown Campus. The foundation is a private charitable organization that provides and supports bioscience awareness, education, and workforce development in the state of Maryland.
The MdBio Foundation made an initial $20,000 commitment to establish the scholarship in 2007. A second grant of $10,000 was provided in 2010 and this third award of $10,000 brings the total support to $40,000. More than 40 MdBio Scholarships have been awarded to students since 2007, helping to train the future workforce for the region's biotechnology sector.
MdBio Foundation is also a partner with Montgomery College on a number of educational projects to inspire interest in science among K-12 students.
The Biotechnology Program at Montgomery College provides state-of-the-art educational opportunities in applied biotechnology and bioscience, integrating laboratory and classroom instruction. Students may complete a certificate program or receive an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. To learn more about the Biotechnology Program, please visit: http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/edu/department.aspx?id=7700.
The MdBio Foundation is a private charitable organization that uses its financial resources to support and promote the commercial development of bioscience in Maryland. The Foundation seeks to provide benefits to the bioscience community based on extensive input from its constituents and to develop a comprehensive portfolio of programs. It has been instrumental in providing companies with financial support, business development consulting services, and business information services in addition to education and workforce development programs. The MdBio Foundation is an affiliate of the Tech Council of Maryland.
The Biotechnology Program and the Montgomery College Foundation are very grateful for the generous support of the MdBio Foundation. For additional information, please contact Rose Garvin Aquilino, interim director of development, at 240-567-4249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MC Biotechnology Program Recognized by Director of Maryland Biotechnology Center
If you stop Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard or Vice President and Provost Sanjay Rai on the street and ask them about the importance of growing science and biotechnology programs, like the ones at MC, they will likely tell you the same thing.
The state of Maryland must do so if it hopes to attract and maintain a thriving life sciences program.
Judith Britz, executive director of the Maryland Biotechnology Center, agrees, and she was quoted in the Gazette community newspaper commending the state of Maryland for having one of the highest concentrations of employees with Ph.D.s in the world. She credits the quality educational programs in this area with contributing to that trend. She specifically names Montgomery College as an outstanding institution that produces graduates who are qualified to work at all levels in the industry either immediately upon graduation at MC or after continued university-level study.
Congratulations to the Biotechnology Program for this outstanding recognition!
To read the full article on the trends of the local biotech field, please visit http://www.gazette.net/article/20110725/NEWS/707259939/1022/1022/biowatch-two-biotechs-plan-to-leave-rockville-and-columbia&template=gazette.
Elizabeth S. Homan
Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus to Receive Donation of State-of-the-Art Biotechnology Equipment from QIAGEN
Montgomery College was selected to receive a research and diagnostic instrument from QIAGEN, a global biotechnology industry leader and one of Montgomery County’s fast-growing biotech companies. The College’s Germantown Campus will receive a QIAcube for use biotechnology and biology programs.
The QIAcube, which has a list price of $16,800, is a closed architecture liquid handling platform that is capable of almost fully automating the processing of 12 samples per run. Montgomery College is one of the higher education institutions in the region to receive a QIAGEN instrument.
The Biotechnology Program at Montgomery College provides state-of-the-art educational opportunities in applied biotechnology and bioscience, integrating laboratory and classroom instruction.
From left to right, Vice President of Advancement David Sears, Professor and Chair of Natural Sciences Lori Kelman, Vice President and Provost of the Germantown Campus Sanjay Rai, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Rose Garvin-Aquilino.
Montgomery College Secures $10,000 Gift from the MdBio Foundation for Biotechnology Scholarships
Montgomery College has received a $10,000 gift from the MdBio Foundation, a private charitable organization that provides and supports bioscience awareness, education and workforce development in the state of Maryland. The gift will support the MdBio Scholarship for students working toward their certificate or associate's degree in biotechnology at the Germantown Campus of Montgomery College.
The MdBio Foundation made an initial $20,000 commitment to establish the scholarship in 2007, and 21 Montgomery College students have received financial support over the past three years. The College and the MdBio Foundation have also partnered on a number of educational projects to inspire interest in science among K-12 students. To see the full story click here.
Three students in the Biotechnology Program, Brandon Jones, Micah Pezdirtz, and Jonathan Swiantek, created a video entitled “Maxwell Ranger” (based upon “Power Rangers”) and entered it in the Promega Maxwell 16 video contest. In their video, Zordon is dying from a space infection and it’s up to the Maxwell Ranger (Jones) to defeat the contamination monster (Pezdirtz) and generate results for the scientist (Swiantek). The video was selected as the winning entry and Montgomery College received a Maxwell 16 robot as the prize!
The “Maxwell Ranger extended cut” video can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhABOXveMy0&feature=related
Information on the Promega Maxwell 16 can be found at: http://www.promega.com/maxwell16/default.htm?gclid=CIi5ranW06YCFYSK4AodhT5eHQ
Congratulations Brandon, Micah, and Jonathan!
Last updated: 9/9/14