COLUMBIA, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The University of Missouri Department of Biochemistry and ABC Laboratories have announced a joint initiative to offer science majors first-hand work experience in private industry. The MU Department of Biochemistry will offer a 5-credit course titled Biochemistry 4001—Industry Internship. ABC scientists will participate in course lectures and the company will offer paid internships to interns selected for the program.
ABC President and CEO, John Bucksath, said the program is one way the growing company can cultivate the next wave of ABC employees. “So many students pursuing an education in life sciences think of academia or medicine as their only career paths,” he said. “In fact, there is a tremendous demand for scientific brainpower in private industry.” ABC is a contract research organization that provides product development services to heavily regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.
Chris Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor with MU’s Department of Biochemistry, “This internship opportunity presents a chance for our students to explore a career in the biotech industry while working to finish their degree. Hopefully this experience provides the technical training along with the theoretical background in science to make our students competitive hires at ABC or related biotech companies.”
Applications for the internships for the spring and summer semesters of 2014 were accepted (timeframe); four internships have been awarded to the following University of Missouri Biochemistry students: Alexandra Diller, Matt Mosior, Tao Wei, and Keith Maestras.
About University of Missouri
MU is the largest and oldest university of the state's major public, land-grant research institutions. CAFNR is the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources — a collection of academic programs merging personalized teaching and advising, advanced research with global reach and extension programs with a sustained impact on Missouri's economy. Founded in 1870, today we're a research and educational leader ensuring sustainability for generations to follow. CAFNR is changing agriculture, food and natural resources — the core components of society that impact what we eat, where we live and how we'll face tomorrow.
About ABC Laboratories
Analytical Bio-Chemistry (ABC) Laboratories, Inc. provides contract development and analytical testing services to the pharmaceutical, biotech, animal health and chemical industries. The company supports all stages of drug development and chemical product registrations worldwide with expert analytical chemistry and value-added development services.
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