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Utah Medical Innovations Pathways (MIP) Graduates Celebrated at State Capitol Ceremony

May 3, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2019--BioUtah applauds the 2019 graduating class of the Medical Innovations Pathways (MIP) program. On April 30, 52 high school seniors from Canyons, Davis, Granite, Jordan and Tooele school districts were awarded the Medical Innovations Certificate during a graduation ceremony at the Utah State Capitol.

The Certificate guarantees students a job interview with leading life sciences companies in the state, who are participating in the MIP program. These companies, many of whom attended the ceremony, include BD, BioFire, Biomerics, Edwards Lifesciences, Fresenius, GE Healthcare, Merit Medical, Nelson Laboratories, Sorenson Forensics, Stryker, TEVA Pharmaceuticals and Varex Imaging. Utah’s life sciences industry is among the fastest growing in the nation. A skilled workforce is needed to keep pace with demand.

Jeffery R. Nelson, President of Nelson Laboratories, a Sotera Health company, and a member of the MIP Executive Committee, addressed students, parents, educators, government officials and guests as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. “I was honored to speak at the graduation of the MIP Class of 2019,” said Nelson.

In his remarks to the graduates, Nelson said, “We’re fortunate to live in a state that offers students a chance to explore careers in the life sciences and see firsthand the important work we do. You represent the next generation workforce. You are the future that will continue to innovate and develop new breakthrough technologies to change medicine and improve the quality of life.”

Keyana Besendorfer, a graduate of the MIP Class of 2018, and Production Associate at Stryker, also addressed the graduates. “Your Medical Innovations Certificate opens doors to exciting careers with major life sciences companies,” she told the gathering. “After graduating from high school, I found a home at Stryker where I help manufacture a device used to treat stroke patients. We have a chance to bring forward new ideas and develop the life-changing innovations of tomorrow. That’s exciting.”

Kimberlee Carlile, Director of the Talent Ready Utah Center, presided over the graduation and congratulated students on their achievement. Others speaking as part of the program included Superintendent Scott Rogers of Tooele School District, and Karen Peterson, Education Policy Specialist with the office of Governor Gary R. Herbert.

The MIP program, launched as a pilot program with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in 2016, is part of BioUtah’s larger workforce agenda.

“Through MIP, high school students get early exposure to Utah’s medical technology companies, which can help us retain talent and strengthen our workforce,” said Kerri Harris, Senior Human Resources Manager at BD.

“We want to invest in these students and help them find rewarding careers in our industry,” said Jake Reyes, Senior Corporate Recruiter for Merit Medical.

Students who enroll in the MIP program choose a medical device or laboratory concentration, and are required to complete certain classroom studies. In addition, students must do on-site job shadows with experienced industry professionals.

Over 1,000 Utah life sciences companies, from the medical device, diagnostic, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, provide more than 130,000 jobs in the state.

“MIP is a great private-public partnership,” said Kelvyn Cullimore, President and CEO of BioUtah, who was on hand to celebrate the graduates. “You have government, education and industry coming together to prepare students for the 21st century economy, while helping to build a talent pool for this fast-growing industry.”

About BioUtah - www.bioutah.org

BioUtah is an independent 501(c)(6) trade association serving Utah’s life sciences industry. Its members are diverse, with strengths in medical device manufacturing and services, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and healthcare IT, and are a key driver of Utah’s economy. We create an ecosystem that fosters collaboration, promotes innovation, and advances healthcare. BioUtah is committed to growing Utah into a global leader in the life sciences.

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