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Partnership Targets Diversity in the Biotech Industry

In partnership with the International Center for Professional Development (ICPS), leading biotech companies are working to increase diversity in the industry through the Scientist Mentoring and Diversity Program (SMDP). This program gives scholarships to 30 graduate and post-doc students from underrepresented minorities to participate in the year-long program.  Student attendance at the BIO International Convention, scheduled for June 18-21 in Boston, is a component of the opportunity.  The program also provides participants with a mentor and access to contacts in the industry.  “Minorities are underrepresented in the biotechnology industry as in many other science, technology, engineering and math professions, and the biotechnology industry is doing something about it,” says Scott May, executive director at the International Center for Professional Development. “This effort is important for many reasons, but in particular, a diverse workforce is more productive as it brings a larger pool of ideas, skills, and experiences that collectively increase the knowledge base required for scientific innovation.” Via www.biotech-now.org

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