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Jamie Karmel Ph.D., a scientist from AMGEN, came to GNB Voc-Tech to speak about the possible career paths in biotechnology. AMGEN is a biotechnology company dedicated to serving patients in several therapeutic areas, such as oncology and hematology, bone health, cardiovascular disease, nephrology, inflammation, and neuroscience. AMGEN has reached 100 countries and millions of patients, but just one square mile of Cambridge, Massachusetts that surrounds MIT and Harvard has one of the largest densities of biotechnology companies in the world. This means more local biotech opportunity. All students enrolled in the Biotechnology course at GNB Voc-Tech complete the “AMGEN Biotech Experience,” which AMGEN completely funds. Within the AMGEN Biotech Experience, students learn real life skills used at AMGEN such as pipetting and gel electrophoresis.

AMGEN is a biotechnology company dedicated to serving patients in several therapeutic areas

Jamie Karmel Ph.D talked about her own experience in the Biotechnology field. The main theme of her presentation was that she figured things out as she went along, and that it is okay to figure things out as you go along. Her career path was non-linear and she wanted her audience to know that they can change their minds as they go down their own career paths. She stayed open to opportunity instead of just leaving herself enough room for only one option. She knew that as she learned more about herself, her desired career would evolve. She also knew that she couldn’t do it all alone, so she trusted the mentors she chose to guide her, such as parents, teachers, and guidance counselors. She told her audience about the benefits of a career in biotechnology, and encouraged the GNB Voc-Tech audience to pursue one.

She knew that as she learned more about herself, her desired career would evolve

The presentation was an excellent opportunity for students interested in science!