Biology Students to Partake in Unprecedented Training with Biotech Industry Leader

By Jess Marvin

Students from Nevada State College and UNLV will have the unprecedented opportunity to participate in a training workshop through Beckman Coulter, the industry leader in capillary electrophoresis technology, a company producing biomedical laboratory equipment. Upon successful completion of the 4-day training, which will take place December 13-16th, twenty-eight students from NSC and two students from UNLV will be awarded a Beckman Coulter certificate of training completion in the use of their PA800 capillary electrophoresis instrument.

Capillary electrophoresis provides a high-resolution molecular fingerprint that is regarded by FDA as an essential diagnostic validation method. Every major pharmaceutical company seeking FDA approval must document their development process with capillary electrophoresis profiles. As a result, individuals with experience using capillary electrophoresis equipment are sought out by biotechnology companies. Many job opportunities at the top biotechnology companies throughout the world will be open for these students as a direct result of this training, said Dr. Andy Kuniyuki, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In this job market, our students will have a competitive edge with their proficiency on this equipment, he continued.

Upper division Biology students plus those close to graduating were given first preference to fill the 30 available seats. NSC and Beckman Coulter will be conducting this training twice per year, once in the winter break and once in the beginning of summer before the summer sessions. Throughout the duration of the six-year grant, 360 students will be trained on the Beckman Coulter PA800 equipment.

This educational training effort is made possible through support from the NSC portion of the Nevada INBRE grant and in collaboration with Beckman Coulter.

To learn more about the Capillary Electrophoresis workshop, please visit http://www.nsc.edu/BannerSPIFF/6043.asp.

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