Leveraging Government, Business, and Grant Support to Grow the Biotech Workforce


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Eilene Lyons discusses how St. Louis Community College worked with the government, local industry and research centers, such as the Danfrorth Plant Science Center, to build a strong and vital program in biotechnology education and a contract research lab in BRDG park.

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  • St. Louis Plant and Life Science Strategic Update and Action PlanPrepared by Technology Partnership Practice, Battelle, January 2005
  • http://goldensoyllc.com/st_louis_community_college
  • Leveraging Government, Business, and Grant Support to Grow the Biotech Workforce

    1. 1. Leveraging Government, Business, and Grant Support to Grow the Biotech Workforce <br />Eilene Lyons<br />Acting Dean, STEM Division STLCC-Florissant Valley<br />STLCC Biotechnology Program<br />Founding Coordinator <br />
    2. 2. First Biotechnology Program in Missouri<br />Founded Fall 1999<br />Research and Development based<br />AAS and Certificate in Biotechnology<br />Half of declared majors - BS or higher <br />
    3. 3. Program Success<br /><ul><li>98 degreesawarded
    4. 4. 64 Declared Majors currently
    5. 5. 91% life science job placementof core course completers </li></li></ul><li>Job Placement<br />bioMerieux<br />Centocor <br />Covidien<br />Donald Danforth Plant Science Center <br />Millipore Drug Discovery <br />Monsanto <br />Pfizer<br />Washington University Research Labs <br />
    6. 6. Timing is Everything…<br />2001 – 2002, St. Louis plant and life science sector exceeded average national growth.<br />Employment grew 56.6 percent. <br />Added 3,676 new jobs in one year.<br />
    7. 7. Plant and Life Science R&D Nodes<br />
    8. 8. Vision for Growth: Step 1<br />Battelle study, January 2005<br />“St. Louis Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology degree but the program is limited by space. As the region’s start-up companies expand, there is likely to be greater demand for technicians than can be produced currently. An option that might be considered to enable STLCC to expand their biotechnology offerings would be to provide lab space for the college in the new multi-tenant building being planned…”<br />
    9. 9. Bio-Research & Development Growth Park (BRDG Park)<br />At<br />The Danforth Plant Science Center<br />
    10. 10. Donald Danforth Plant Science Center<br />Not-for-profit scientific facility<br />Founded in 1998 by <br />The Danforth Foundation<br />Through an alliance between<br />University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne<br />Missouri Botanical Garden<br />University of Missouri-Columbia MO <br />Monsanto Company <br />Purdue University<br />Washington University St. Louis<br />
    11. 11. BRDG Park’s Mission<br />To help fledgling companies transition from innovative ideas in plant and life science to commercial successes<br />
    13. 13. BRDG Park<br />Initial phase: 60,000 <br /> square feet of <br /> wet laboratory <br /> and office space<br />Two additional buildings planned, <br /> 500,000 total square feet<br />
    14. 14. St. Louis Community College<br />10,500 square feet on first floor<br />
    15. 15. Funding the Build-out and Equipment<br /><ul><li>Tobacco Settlement Fund $500,000
    16. 16. State Tax Credits $500,000
    17. 17. NASA Grants $1,100,000
    18. 18. MO Dept. of Ed. Grant $213,000
    19. 19. Monsanto Fund $250,000</li></ul> $2,563,000<br />
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    22. 22. Missouri State Government Support<br />Current Governor Jay Nixon<br />2009<br />Former Governor Matt Blunt<br />2006<br />
    23. 23. Vision for Growth: Step 2<br />Addition of a contract research lab within BRDG Park<br />Modeled after InnovaBio – Salt Lake Community College<br />
    24. 24. The BIO-BENCH<br /><ul><li>NSF ATE project grant $680,000</li></ul>- Senior Scientist Elizabeth Boedeker<br />- Coordinates research projects<br />- Supervises Biotechnology Program interns who perform research<br />
    25. 25. Primary Goal<br />Continue the education of our students<br />Provide a real world lab experience<br />
    26. 26. Secondary Goal<br />Resource for start-up companies<br />Lab space<br />High end equipment and instrumentation<br />Lab assistants <br />STLCC Biotech Interns<br />
    27. 27. BIO-BENCH Projects 2010-11<br />qPCR expression analysis of a mouse model for sepsis<br />qPCR expression analysis, protein analysis of human astrocyte cell line <br />
    28. 28. BIO-BENCH Projects 2010-11<br />Genotyping transgenic plants<br />Algae to biofuel<br />Biofermentation of Archaea for fuel cells<br />Genetic analysis of rare bleeding disorder<br />
    29. 29. BIO-BENCH Interns (9)<br />Divergence (BRDG Park) – 2 graduates<br />Phycal LLC (BRDG PARK) – 1 graduate<br />MOBIO and Golden Soy LLC – 1 graduate<br />Interns currently at the CRO – 3<br />Intern at Phycal LLC – 1 <br />December intern/graduates seeking employment - 2<br />
    30. 30. Elaine Johnson and Bio-Link<br />Tamara Goetz and Craig Caldwell, SLCC<br />Missouri Senator Christopher ‘Kit’ Bond<br />Missouri Governors Jay Nixon and Matt Blunt <br />Donald Danforth Plant Science Center<br />Wexford Corporation<br />Monsanto <br />Acknowledgements:<br />