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The Wistar Institute Hosts U.S. Department of Commerce Official Making Major Grant Announcements to Strengthen Workforce Pipelines in Philadelphia & Across the Nation

Wistar is a finalist of the STEM Talent Challenge to create a new life science workforce training program to address Pennsylvania industry growth and demand for skilled workers.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo will make a major national grant announcement in support of locally-driven programs that train STEM-capable workforces across the country and create pathways for good-paying STEM jobs in Philadelphia and across the United States at an event on Thursday, January 27, 2022 in Philadelphia.


  • Ms. Alejandra Y. Castillo
    U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development
    U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Ms. Mary Gay Scanlon
    U.S. Congresswoman
    Pennsylvania’s 5th District
  • Mr. Jim Kenney
    City of Philadelphia
  • Dr. Dario Altieri
    President & CEO
    The Wistar Institute

WHAT: Major grant announcement in support of locally-driven efforts to strengthen innovation workforce pipelines in Philadelphia and across the United States.

WHEN: Thursday, January 27, 2022; 11 a.m./EST

WHERE: The Wistar Institute; Media are welcome to attend and ask questions virtually.

REGISTRATION: Please use the link below to register:


The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the United States, Wistar has held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute since 1972. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible.

The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth. To learn more about EDA, visit

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