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Advancing the business of biotechnology and life sciences


The Bioscience Industry

Fellows Project

a message from BIFP’s
principal investigator

In June 2014, the Bioscience Industry Fellowship Project (BIFP) welcomed its first cohort,
nine outstanding STEM instructors and returned veterans who came to Winston-Salem,
North Carolina for an innovative four-week professional development experience. This June,
we completed our sixth cohort, marking a total of fifty-eight Fellows representing forty-one
high schools and colleges in eighteen states and three international locations.
Throughout the program, Fellows are hosted by BIFP partners across North Carolina. Each
Fellow translates what they learn into contextualized curriculum to prepare and encourage
STEM students to enter bioscience industry careers.
My personal thanks go to Denise Schweizer, BIFP Co-Principal Investigator, and Dr. Celeste
Carter, Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, NSF Advanced Technology
Education program whose support is invaluable. The program would not be possible
without more than twenty-five Industry, Academic and Institution Partners across North
Carolina who host Fellows on-site each summer and the BIFP Staff at Forsyth Tech. Finally,
we thank all of the BIFP Fellows for their enthusiastic participation, feedback and
professional dedication.

Russ Read, BIFP Principal Investigator
Executive Director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
Forsyth Technical Community College

“As home for the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce, Forsyth Tech is
proud to host the Bioscience Industry Fellows Program. Instructors and returning
veterans both nationally and internationally can receive an invaluable experience
through this program to help empower lives and transform communities through
STEM education. Providing professional development in bioscience education
through advanced skills training and immersion in industry is a hallmark of the
Bioscience Industry Fellows Program and something we are thrilled to be a part of.”
Dr. Janet Spriggs, President, Forsyth Technical Community College
National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce and BIFP host institution
IMPACT This material is supported by an NSF ATE Program Grant (1304010). Any

opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are
those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
National Science Foundation (
table of contents IMPACT magazine is a publication of Forsyth Technical Community
College, home of the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce.
Forsyth Technical Community College is the lead college for the
Biosciences Industrial Fellowship Project (BIFP) funded by The National
Science Foundation.

Feature Articles
Embracing the Future ...........................................................................................3

Senior Editor: Monica Doss Hands-On Opportunity ..........................................................................................4
Editorial Team: Russ Read,
Dr. Alan Murdock, Sherri Weddle Bowen, Learning From Industry ........................................................................................5
Mary Flournoy, Allison Nestor,
Patricia Alfing and Paula Dibley
Art Director/Designer: Jenner Lee Beyond Boundaries ...............................................................................................6 BIFP Fellows 2014-2019 ........................................................................................ 7
Special Recognition ..............................................................................................8

The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) was created in 2004, through a US Department
ABOUT NCBW of Labor High Growth Grant Initiative. With subsequent funding from the NC Community College System, the
US Department of Labor and the Advanced Technological Education Program of the NSF, NCBW develops
innovative bioscience workforce training programs in partnership with educators, workforce agencies and
industry across the nation. NCBW is based at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston–Salem, NC.

A skilled and educated workforce with instruction that is relevant
to the dynamics of the contemporary workplace is essential for
building the biotechnology industry locally.

James Greenwood, CEO, Bio


Denise Schweizer
A s many U.S. manufacturing communities work to reinvent themselves, economic Chemistry Instructor,
BIFP Co-Principal Investigator

Community College
developers and higher education institutions have made significant investments

to build or expand their biotechnology industries, often leveraging
entrepreneurial and university resources. The emphasis on STEM education and skills is
prominent at all levels.
Workforce research tells us that success depends on two factors: increasing the number
of STEM students that pursue bioscience careers and continually improving STEM
education to effectively develop career-ready graduates. STEM instructors in colleges
and high schools are uniquely positioned to impact both factors.

Launched in 2014 with a grant from the NSF Advanced Technology Education program, Dr. V. Celeste Carter
the Bioscience Industry Fellowship Project (BIFP) equips exemplary STEM instructors and Program Director, Division of
Undergraduate Education,
returned veterans to take the lead in addressing these factors. Six years and fifty-eight NSF ATE
Fellows later, we believe the BIFP story is a valuable model for other regions and STEM




Hands-on bootcamp for advanced lab skills,
analysis, equipment and processes.

Visit leading research institutions to understand
new bioscience directions and opportunities.

Industry site immersion. Meet management and
employees. Tour labs and operations.

Attend professional workshops, guest speakers
and conferences.

Curriculum development sessions. Import
experiences into contextualized curriculum.


Fellows learn new processes in Forsyth Tech’s Analytical and Molecular Skills Development Laboratory.


I “I earned my biology degree a decade ago. Today I’m teaching Advanced

Placement biology to some of the brightest STEM students in our school.
There are few opportunities for teachers like me to update my skills in an
advanced laboratory setting and to stay abreast of new applications and techniques,”
says BIFP Fellow Peter Kim, a teacher and academy director at Northwest Cabarrus
High School.
Enter the BIFP Lab Skills Bootcamps, designed specifically for high-impact STEM
faculty and returned veterans who commit to sharing their learning experience with
their students and their colleagues.
In BIFP’s bootcamps, Fellows become the students. Over the three-week residential
program, Fellows complete ten days of hands-on lab training ranging from a
half-day to five full days at five different state-of-the-art training facilities across
North Carolina. Fellows integrate these laboratory experiences with insights from
industry into industry-relevant interdisciplinary teaching approaches.

At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s 62,000 square foot Biotechnology Training Center in the NC
Research Campus in Kannapolis NC, Fellows learn new chemical analysis techniques by using
state-of-the-art chromatography and mass spectrometry equipment in their own experiments.

Beyond updating my own science skills, bootcamp leaders were excellent and
interesting teachers who demonstrated how I could teach my own students.
I’m excited to share my experience and these
new applications with my students and colleagues.


At vTv Therapeutics, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company in High Point, Fellows
connect their day-to-day teaching with the complex processes and diverse disciplines that
are involved in discovering and developing commercial drug therapies for significant diseases
like Alzheimer’s and Type 2 Diabetes.

“Workforce and talent are vital to growing North Carolina’s $83 billion
life sciences industry. The BIFP program encourages important national
and international dialogue with education and workforce leaders.”
Nancy Johnston, Executive Director, Piedmont Triad Office,
North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Fellows visit NC Biotech Center in Research Triangle Park
F ew STEM instructors or teachers have private sector

biotech industry experience. As Fellows, they are allowed
access to labs, equipment and employees who demonstrate
the entire industry process - from R&D through manufacturing.
Fellows rank the opportunity to learn about the wide range of STEM
career opportunities in the biotechnology industry as one of their top
program takeaways. BIFP Industry Partners represent a broad range
of biotechnology sectors, from global pharmaceutical and medical
device giants to regional clinical research companies. Fellows learn
that within industry, interdisciplinary STEM skills are needed and
highly valued.

By developing new curriculum as part of the BIFP experience, Fellows
incorporate their first-hand exposure to new industry scale equipment
and processes into their teaching, as well as how work is done in an
industry setting. They leave inspired by a
better understanding of how bioscience
provides solutions for many of the
world’s most difficult problems.

Fellows spend a full week at
the BioNetwork Capstone
Center at NC State University
where they experience the
protein production process
from start to finish,
including gowning and
biomanufacturing safety


STEM comes alive for BIFP Fellows at North Carolina’s Joint School of Nanoscience and
Nanoengineering (JSNN), where bioscience research is being reinvented with interdisciplinary
industry collaborations. Inside the nanobioelectronics cleanroom and nanobiology labs, Fellows
explore new Nano applications in genomics, hydroponics and microscopy.

“As a teacher, learning how biotechnology is being used and where new research
is headed deepened my understanding of how important bioscience and
technology are locally, nationally and globally.”

S hadowing scientists at top North Carolina research institutions BIOSCIENCE INDUSTRY FELLOWS 2014-2019

exposes Fellows to the pace of new discoveries, future research

directions and the impact of advanced technology in driving new
applications of bioscience.
The diversity of their site visits signals the rapidly expanding use of
bioscience in tandem with other technologies and disciplines to heal, feed
and fuel the world. They reinforce the need for well-trained, interdisciplinary
STEM employees with critical thinking skills to create new solutions for the
world’s complex problems.

BIFP Fellows are invigorated by the passion of the scientific professionals
who teach them, as well as their own growing knowledge of new
developments and future opportunities that they can share with their
students and peers.

Scientists at the Wake Forest
Institute for Regenerative
Medicine have successfully
grown replacement organs for
patients using laboratory
regeneration and new
bioprinting technologies.

Partnerships are the new currency in education.
Without the outstanding BIFP partners we would not
be able to create educators that can capitalize on
industry experiences to develop the next batch of
bio-workers in such a short time frame.
Dr. Alan Murdock, Vice President,
Economic & Workforce Development,
Forsyth Technical Community College


Hands-on labs and the on-site visits to industry and research
centers have exposed Fellows to skills, equipment and an
unlimited pool of bioscience career pathways for STEM graduates.
Fellows learned how to make connections to help students see
the real-world relevance of their STEM coursework by translating
what they learned into modules, experiments and learning

On a broader level, the BIFP model itself fills an unmet need for
the STEM education community – giving instructors first-hand
experience so they can both inspire and prepare STEM students
for rewarding bioscience careers. The partnerships and new
instructional methods forged by the BIFP model will continue to
deliver greater opportunities for educators, students and industry
far into the future.
Fellows explore the future of nanoscience with Dr. Daniel Herr at JSNN.


2019 BIFP Fellows 2016 BIFP Fellows
Babajide S. Ajanaku, Texas Southmost College, TX Patricia Alfing, Davidson County Community College, NC
Jamila Amin Bacchus, Signal Hill Secondary School, Anuradha David, Kittel Science College, India
Trinidad and Tobago Tandeka Boko, Forsyth Technical Community College, NC
Angela Consani, Kansas City Kansas Community College, KS Maha Gerbera-Lamb, Mira Costa College, CA
Debra Flaherty, Hartford Magnet High School, CT Denise Grant, Alamance Community College, NC
Nick Kapp, Skyline College, CA Sarah Johnson, Bethune-Cookman University, FL
Bridgette Kirkpatrick, Collin College, TX Peter Kim, Northwest Cabarrus High School, NC
Laurie S. Meadows, Rowan College at Burlington County, NJ Alphonse Mendy, Kansas City Kansas Community College, KS
Keith Smith, Forest Brook School, TX Caroline Smith, Forsyth Technical Community College, NC
Todd Smith, Digital World Biology, WA
Khalid Tantawi, Motlow State Community College, TN 2015 BIFP Fellows
Arlene Walker, Glenmuir High School, Jamaica Lisa Bratti, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, NC
Ingrid Burke, NW Regional High School & UCONN, CT
2018 BIFP Fellows Shane Castevens, Stokes County High School, NC
Alvin Antonio, Clinton High School, NC Shania Dalton, Forsyth Technical Community College, NC
Stacie Deaver, Virginia Western Community College, VA Gretchen Ingvason, Mount Wachusett Community College, MA
Tiffany Dial, Hoke County High School, NC Mabel Jackson, Forsyth Technical Community College, NC
Nini Fan, Long Island University, NY Ana Clara Melo, Forsyth Technical Community College, NC
Brian Gadd, Los Angeles Mission College, CA Frances Turner, Howard Community College, MD
Terry Howerton, Atkins High School, NC
Jean Maire Molina, Long Island University, NY 2014 BIFP Fellows
Deborah Overath, Texas Southmost College, TX Ezekiel Barnes, Forsyth Technical Community College, NC
Sayrd Price, Stokes Early College High School, NC Tameka Clemmons, Atlanta Technical College, GA
Nakeisha Robinson, Forsyth Technical Community College, NC Julie Ellis, Kaskaskia College, IL
Scott Gevaert, St. Louis Community College, MO
2017 BIFP Fellows Ada Harvey, Bethune-Cookman University, FL
Guy Aday, Alamance Community College, NC Heather King, Forsyth Technical Community College, NC
Brian Becicka, Des Moines Area Community College, IA Igor Kreydin, Roxbury Community College, MA
Stephen Brown, Los Angeles Mission College, CA Daymond Lindell, Forsyth Technical Community College, NC
Sabrina Easington, Prairie View A&M, TX Jude Okoyeh, Forsyth Technical Community College, NC
Alketa Henderson, Davidson County Community College, NC
James Hyder, North Seattle College/Rio Salado College, NM
Colleen Knight, Texas A&M University, TX
Crystal Pietrowicz, Southern Maine Community College, ME “From the hands-on training to the opportunity to live and work
Michelle Prospere, Grambling State University, TX with like-minded educators, it was great -- engaging, action-packed,
Cleo Rolle, Capital Community College, CT and information-dense. Just what you’d want from such
Heather Smith, Texarkana College, TX an experience. I came home brimming with new ideas for my classes.”


Thanks to the Biotechnology Industry Fellowship Project Team for its collaborative
leadership, transformational achievements and exceptional execution.
BIFP Principals
Russ Read, Principal Investigator, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
Denise Schweizer, Co-Principal Investigator, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Dr. V. Celeste Carter, Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, NSF ATE
BIFP Industry, Academic and Institution Partners
Alamance Community College, Graham, NC
Biogen, Research Triangle Park, NC
BioNetwork Capstone Center, Raleigh, NC
BioNetwork Natural Foods Laboratory, Candler, NC
BRITE at NC Central University, Durham, NC
Cambrex, High Point, NC (formerly Pharmacore)
Carolina Biological Supply, Burlington, NC
Carolina Liquid Chemistries, Greensboro, NC
Center for Design Innovation, Winston-Salem, NC
Cook Medical, Winston-Salem, NC
David H. Murdoch Research Center, Kannapolis, NC
Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, NC
Gateway Research Park, Greensboro, NC
High Point Clinical Trials, High Point, NC
Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, Greensboro, NC
Natural Discoveries, Winston-Salem, NC
National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), Newark, DE
North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Research Triangle Park, NC
NCBIO (NC Biosciences Organization), Raleigh, NC
Novozymes BioAg, Research Triangle Park, NC
Patheon by Thermo Fisher Scientific, High Point, NC
Pfizer, Sanford, NC
Piedmont Animal Health, Greensboro, NC
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Kannapolis, NC
Targacept, Winston-Salem, NC (merged w/Catalyst Bio)
Twin City Bio LLC, Winston-Salem, NC
vTv Therapeutics, High Point, NC
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, Winston-Salem, NC
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
BIFP Project Team
Dr. Janet Spriggs, President, Forsyth Technical Community College
Dr. Alan Murdock, Vice President, Economic & Workforce Development, Forsyth Technical Community College
Paula Dibley, Associate Vice President, Marketing and Recruiting, Forsyth Technical Community College
Dr. Torry Reynolds, Dean of Math, Science and Technology, Forsyth Technical Community College
Elisa Fernbach, Director, Foundation & Grants Accounting, Forsyth Technical Community College
Michael Massoglia, Director, Grants Writing & Development, Forsyth Technical Community College
Dr. Cheryl Burrell, Chair, Biotechnology, Forsyth Technical Community College
Dr. Shelton Charles, Chair, Life Sciences, Forsyth Technical Community College
Amy Braswell, Manager, Grants Compliance and Community Engagement, Forsyth Technical Community College
Judi Saint Sing, Manager, Public Relations, Forsyth Technical Community College
Mary Flournoy, Staff Assistant, Forsyth Technical Community College
Dr. Jason Gagliano, Lab Coordinator, Forsyth Technical Community College
Patricia Alfing, Research Assistant 2018-2019, Forsyth Technical Community College
Della Lawson, Staff Assistant, Forsyth Technical Community College
Theresa Lynch, Grants Accountant, Forsyth Technical Community College
Lanette Tysinger, Administrative Associate, Forsyth Technical Community College
Dr. Amy Germuth, BIFP Evaluation, EvalWorks
Dr. Gary Green, President (retired), Forsyth Technical Community College
Dr. Michael Ayers, Vice President, South Eastern Community College
Rebecca Keith, Accounting and Grants (retired), Forsyth Technical Community College
Stephanie Carpenter, Manager, Grant Compliance 2016-2017, Forsyth Technical Community College
Mona Cofer, Staff Assistant (retired), Forsyth Technical Community College
Mica Welsh, Research Assistant 2014-2015, Forsyth Technical Community College
Allison Nestor, Research Assistant 2016-2017, Forsyth Technical Community College
BIFP Bootcamp Leaders
Alan Beard (retired), Forsyth Technical Community College
Marie Knight, Asheville-Buncombe Tech Community College
Dr. Krisstina Burgess, Wake Tech Community College
Dr. Tara Hamilton, Wake Tech Community College
Janet Rajan, Wake Tech Community College
Annet Rajan, Wake Tech Community College
Laura Swenson, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Rebel Umphlett, Wake Tech Community College
Bill Woodruff, Professor Emeritus, Alamance Community College

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