On June 14, 2016, the WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio held an event at Medicago, Inc. in Research Triangle Park. Girls from area high schools began the afternoon with a company introduction by several female scientists. Next, they learned how to set-up and run a sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide (SDS-Page) gel electrophoresis to determine the presence of the protein hemagglutinin, which is important in influenza vaccine research.
The girls completed the afternoon with a tour of Medicago USA’s state-of-the-art laboratories and greenhouse. Medicago USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Medicago Inc. It consists of a 97,000 square-foot commercial-scale facility in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. This facility includes a fully automated greenhouse, customized infiltration systems, and a state of the art extraction and purification unit whose objective is to produce virus-like particles for influenza.
During the afternoon’s activities the girls met female scientists from engineering, analytical development, process development, project management, QC, QA, facility security, and the greenhouse. They learned there are a remarkably wide variety of jobs available in the plant biotech industry!
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