Second Annual Upstate New York Biocareer Connection Generates Awareness of Regional Bioscience Industry

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

SYRACUSE, NY— Bioscience companies from a 15-county region of Upstate New York will participate in a career exploration event next week to answer questions, network and provide students and professionals with insight to what the future may hold for a career in the life sciences. 

New York State is home to nine of the top 50 research institutions, two of which are located in Upstate New York. Many graduates, however, seek employment elsewhere because they lack awareness of the career opportunities available in the area—especially in the bioscience field. Organizers of the second annual Upstate New York Biocareer Connection, being held March 16 at Tompkins Cortland Community College, hope to raise awareness and encourage students to make that connection. 

"We are proud to help highlight the robust bioscience industry in Upstate New York," says MedTech President Heather Erickson, one of the event sponsors. "We have so many renowned universities in the immediate area and see programs like the Biocareer Connection as a great way to connect local talent with the ever growing number of career opportunities in the region." 

The event, which is designed to offer upcoming graduates a glimpse into the many different career opportunities available to them in the bioscience field, will feature four panel discussions, along with networking opportunities. Several MedTech members will participate on the panels, including Sarah Hersey from Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Dave Nocilly from Bond Schoeneck & King, Philip Kisanga from AMRI Global, and Fran Lawler from Corning Inc.

Nocilly, a lawyer specializing in intellectual property and technology, will highlight bioscience careers in business and industry. “I hope to show students that graduates in the biosciences are not limited to just traditional research occupations, and that less conventional pathways, such as a career in law, may be a viable option.”

Last year, more than 100 students from 13 area universities participated in the event, and this year’s registrations have already exceeded 100. 

"The key is for students to think broadly,” says Lawler, who will speak on a panel about best practices and common mistakes in the job search. “There are a wide variety of ways to work in this industry. Bioscience careers are diverse—so keep yourself open!”

In addition to the panels, many local companies will be exhibiting information about their company as well as job opportunities that may be available. The Upstate New York Biocareer Connection will take place Tues., March 16 from 12:45 to 5 p.m. at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, NY. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, visit the public events section at http://www.tc3.edu. 

This event is sponsored and organized by Tompkins Workforce New York, the New York State Department of Labor, Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization (CCTEC), Cornell Center for Life Science Enterprise, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and MedTech. 

About MedTech 
MedTech is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of Upstate New York technology manufacturers, research institutions, allied professional services and economic development organizations. We promote the commercialization of medical products by providing educational and networking events, organizing 
certification opportunities and facilitating collaborations among members to bring tomorrow’s technologies to the healthcare marketplace. For more information, visit http://www.medtech.org. 

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