Awards Ceremony for Students in Unique Biomedical Careers Program

Awards Ceremony for Students in Unique Biomedical Careers Program

August 9, 2004

(Philadelphia - August 10, 2004) – Eight students will be honored today at 3 p.m. at The Wistar Institute on for completing the Biomedical Technician Training Program. Jointly developed by The Wistar Institute and Community College of Philadelphia, the program, the first of its kind, prepares community-college students for research-technician careers in Philadelphia-area biomedical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology institutions and companies. Launched in 2000, the program offers associate’s-degree students a structured path toward research-technician careers through core coursework at Community College of Philadelphia and supervised, hands-on laboratory experience.

Speakers at the awards ceremony will be:

*Clayton Buck, Ph.D. Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Wistar Institute

*Mary Anne Celenza, Ph.D. Dean, Division of Mathematics, Science, and Health Careers, Community College of Philadelphia

*Fritz Bittenbender President, Pennsylvania BIO

*Cathy Gordon Trainee, Biomedical Technician Training Program

*William H. Wunner, Ph.D. Professor and Training Program Director, The Wistar Institute

In addition to Ms. Gordon, the remaining students to be honored are: Angela Dodd Evans; Jennifer Douds Johnston; Alison Marie Kurimchak; Neil O’Leary; Katherine Orozco; Sharee Monee Scott; and Quyen M. Tang.

The Wistar Institute is an independent nonprofit biomedical research institution dedicated to discovering the causes and cures for major diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and infectious diseases. Founded in 1892 as the first institution of its kind in the nation, The Wistar Institute today is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center — one of only eight focused on basic research.