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2 Temple HS students will be Bioscience interns

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April 26, 2018
Temple Daily Telegram | Janice Gibbs

The Temple Health and Bioscience District will employ two Temple High seniors as interns during the next school year.

The board approved hiring two seniors to work in the Bioscience District accelerator beginning in the fall.

Students will work 15 hours a week for 36 weeks. They will be paid $10 an hour.

This will be our first close working relationship with Temple school district, said Thomas Baird, board chairman of the District.

“Hopefully this partnership will be used to build a closer relationship with the school district and its science program,” Baird said.

The students will take classes in the morning at the high school and spend their afternoons at the accelerator.

The board approved a research grant to Dr. Jonathan Hughes, orthopedic surgeon at Baylor Scott & White, to complete the third phase of his research project that compares the use of partially threaded and fully threaded cannulated screws for the treatment of pediatric hip fractures.

A grant for this project, which looks at a new way to fix a fracture to the growth-plate area of the femur, was awarded last year.

The goal is to find a way to provide more stability to the area as it heals. If the plate doesn’t heal correctly, it can limit the growth of the limb.

The fee for using the Instron Materials Testing System in the District’s common lab was waived for Hughes’ study.

Cage Biotech, a new tenant, is changing its name to Emergent Biotechnologies. The group is in the preclinical research phase of a therapeutic drug to treat ovarian cancer.

The District’s May symposium, “Growing Your Startup From the Ground Up, is set for Friday, May 4. A partial breakdown for those set to attend includes 13 speakers, 24 startups, eight researchers, seven service providers and three students.

Earle Hager, managing partner with The Neutrino Donut, was the speaker at the District’s Lunch and Learn held Tuesday. Hager discussed “Commercializing Biotechnology – Market Entry and Partnerships.”

The tenants liked the workshop because Hager provided specific contacts, said Rod Annable, Bioscience facility manager. He covered almost every aspect of taking an idea from inception to commercialization.

“He had good ideas on what you should do and what to avoid and warning signs from companies best avoided,” Annable said. “There was a lot of give and take.”

The individuals who are providing information for the Lunch and Learn event come from information Tami Annable, executive director of the district, gathers at conferences she attends.

“Every single business card we collect we will note whether they would be good for a seminar speaker, would make a good mentor,” she said.

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