Photos and Testimonials from Internship Challenge Participants

  • 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

  • Albright Technologies

    From left to right: Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, (former intern) Phayhean Soo, Project Engineer, Albright Technologies; (former intern) Veasna Nhem, Project Engineer, Albright Technologies; Bob Waitt, VP of Business Development, Albright Technologies

    “We were fortunate to have two interns this past summer, [and one] has proven to be a great addition to our team and was recently promoted to a project engineer. All four of our engineers started as interns, two of them as part of the Internship Challenge. Their hard work and dedication contributed to a 30% growth in 2011.”

    – David Comeau, President, Albright Technologies

    From left to right: Phayhean Soo, Project Engineer, Albright Technologies; Diane Hewitt, Cooperative Education for Engineering & Technology, UMass Lowell; Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center; David Comeau, President, Albright Technologies; John Henshaw, Assistant Dean, School of Business, Science, and Technology. Mount Wachusett Community College; Veasna Nhem, Project Engineer, Albright Technologies.
  • ECI Biotech

    ECI has hand-picked very talented individuals in biochemistry and engineering to work at our company this summer. The goal of hiring the interns is to provide them with relevant experience and to further prepare them as viable candidates for full-time employment at ECI or within the industry.”

    – Dr. Mitchell Sanders, CEO and Founder of ECI Biotech.

  • Ginkgo BioWorks

    Photo courtesy of Bay State Banner/Sandra Larson

    “The internship allowed me to work for Ginkgo BioWorks, a biotech start-up, during its infancy. At this early stage of development, scarce funds could have prevented them from hiring me. Working for them during this period gave me the chance to make significant contributions to several exciting projects and allowed me a great introduction to the challenges of founding a start-up. The experience has encouraged me to bring my life sciences background to the business sector.”

    – Matt Gethers, Internship Challenge participant and MIT graduate with a degree in biological engineering.

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