Photos and Testimonials from Internship Challenge Participants

  • Respiratory Motion


    Based in Waltham, Mass., Respiratory Motion is a medical device company that received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for its ExSpiron system in October 2012. This tool monitors ventilation and has the potential to serve as a leading indicator of respiratory failure during and after surgery. Respiratory Motion has recruited eight interns over the past three years through the Internship Challenge. Mike Lalli and Lynn Desmarais are two of those talented interns that helped with clinical testing, and eventually human trials, which led to FDA approval.

    Desmarais, of Natick, Mass., was a student at Massachusetts Bay Community College, pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Biological Engineering, when she began her work at Respiratory Motion. “They took a chance on me, and I took a chance on them – it could not have worked out better!” she said. Desmarais, like Lalli, started her internship by working on the clinical trials of the ExSpiron prototype. She was soon put in charge of managing the product literature and graphic design for the product. “In a start up, you just can’t sit around and wait for someone else to do something – you have to just stand up and do it yourself.” That kind of determination is what brought Desmarais from intern to a marketing and clinical associate at Respiratory Motion after she graduated.

  • Myomo

    “The MLSC Internship Challenge program has been a terrific experience for Myomo. In fact, we were so pleased with our last intern that we hired him upon graduation. Many thanks for helping to facilitate the process of connecting good candidates to open positions.”

    – Steve Kelly, Founder, President & COO, Myomo, Inc.

  • BioSurfaces

    Former Lt. Governor Timothy Murray visits Biosurfaces and meets their MLSC Interns.

    On October 18, 2012, Lt. Governor Timothy Murray stopped by Biosurfaces, a medical device company in Ashland, Mass. Biosurfaces staff and interns showcased their patented biomaterial technologies and spoke about their participation in the MLSC Internship Challenge. Biosurfaces has worked with eight interns over the past four years.

  • UMass Dartmouth Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center (ATMC)


    On Thursday, August 30, 2012, SouthCoast participants in the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge gathered at UMass Dartmouth’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center to present on their summer internship experiences. The event brought together several of the region’s life sciences companies, which hosted interns funded by the Center.

    From left to right: Paul Vigeant, Assistant Chancellor for Economic Development, UMass Dartmouth; Dr. Lou Petrovic, Director, ATMC; Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO, MLSC; Jane N. Staples, Director, Cooperative Education & Internship Program, UMass Dartmouth; Ryan H. Mudawar, Senior Program Associate, MLSC.
  • HepatoChem

    “My introduction to HepatoChem was the result of a serendipitous meeting I had with one of the company’s business contractors. The small bioinorganic chemistry startup was looking for an intern to help with the work brought on by their rapidly growing client base and I was looking for a post-graduation job that would be challenging and impactful. The funding supplied by the MLSC Internship Challenge was what allowed me and HepatoChem to take a chance on each other, beginning a relationship that has developed into long-term employment.

    I feel lucky to be back in Massachusetts where there is such a wealth of resources available to small life sciences companies such as HepatoChem. The work that we do aids pharmaceutical companies in the production of innovative and life-saving drugs, but were it not for the support of organizations such as the MLSC, we would be unable to perform our services or conduct our research. This research, in turn, has given me the valuable opportunity to improve my skills and gain insight into the fascinating and ever-pertinent world of pharmaceuticals development. Such a symbiotic connection between young scientists and young businesses could only exist with the help of the MLSC Internship Challenge.”

    – Elizabeth Lebling, University of Chicago, AB ‘12

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