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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 ...

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

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