On April 25th, 2019 LCGM hosted forty high school students as part of an outreach initiative. This is not the first time that LCGM has opened it doors to budding scientists and bright young minds. Sparking interest and opening young minds to the possible avenues their futures can take is near and dear to all within LCGM, one staff member remarked "I thought it was a very rewarding experience, and I wish I had this opportunity when I was in high school".
Two groups comprised of 20 juniors and seniors each arrived one after the other. Each group was split into smaller working groups of 5 students and given a code name. Organizers of this event really wanted to give students a more personal one-to-one interactive experience.
These smaller groups rotated stations designed to give an in-depth look at what goes on in a GMP facility. Students went through the process of preparing for and then going into a clean room. Shown how integral lab euipment such as a Sysmex, Prodigy, and a Elctroporator work.
Each and every job has its place. All of the aspects each station told [to] us gave me such an eye opening.
When discussing regulatory requirements with our team, students were surprised to learn what it takes to receive FDA approval and the length of time it takes (around 10 years) for a product to go through research, submission, and approval. Meanwhile, the Quality Assurance team found themselves fielding a morality question stemmed from a recent viewing of The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley. "I thought it was a great question to ask since we just spoke about Quality" remarked one QA team member.
It was a great day at LCGM for students and staff alike. Many students later relayed that the visit was inspiring, opened their world up to biotech and helped them in determining what they want to do with their future. Shared experiences such as these are beneficial to both the students and LCGM staff. We look forward to future visits!
there is so much more to biotechnology than science...You each had a different job; but you were so connected
It peaked my interest in biotech