• Medical Innovation Pathways (MIP) Update

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    Awarded the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership Grant for development of the Medical Innovations Pathways (MIP), BioUtah and fourteen of its member companies, who signed on as key industry partners, have been working diligently to define a set of courses that will prepare high school seniors and adult learners for careers in the Life Sciences industry.  Our progress to date is the direct result of strong collaboration with our industry, education and government partners, including Granite, Canyons and Davis School Districts, Salt Lake Community College, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Department of Workforce Services and the Utah State Board of Education.  We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to help drive the curriculum needed to build a pipeline of talent for our industry.

    “As an industry partner, we’re excited that students in this school year will have the chance to receive a MIP certificate and graduate with the core knowledge and skills needed to potentially join our team,” said Craig McCaffrey, President, Biomerics.  Trent Bingham, HR Director for Edwards Lifesciences, another industry partner, echoed that theme, ”This is really an educational roadmap to not just a job, but a meaningful career in a growing medical device or laboratory company."

    The MIP program offers both a medical device and laboratory track.  All MIP students are required to take a foundation manufacturing course (Manufacturing Principles 1), followed by their choice of either a medical device course (Biomanufacturing 1) or a laboratory course (Biotechnology).  In the Spring, MIP students will participate in a work-based learning experience, such as an internship or job shadow.  “Practical experience with a company gives students a real-world perspective.  They learn about a company’s culture, its products and mission.  And, it gives companies the opportunity to get to know the student,” noted Jana Evans, Director of HR for Merit Medical.  Merit Medical is also an industry partner.  Students who successfully complete the program are guaranteed interviews with partner companies.  Last month, BARD Access Systems, Edwards Lifesciences, Merit Medical and Stryker presented at a student recruitment event at Granite Technical Institute, generating significant interest in our program.  

    Looking ahead, BioUtah and its industry partners will initiate a marketing campaign to brand the MIP program and build greater public awareness of the Life Sciences industry.  On September 27, 2016, Governor Gary Herbert will announce the official launch of MIP at Edwards Lifesciences.  Additional information will be forthcoming.  Company executives and facility leads are encouraged to attend to show support for this critical initiative. To further market this program and increase enrollment, MIP industry partners will be participating in the first ever “Pathways to Professions” event on October 12-13, 2016 at the South Towne Exposition Center where hands-on learning experiences will be provided to students and parents.
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