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ARMI/BioFabUSA Brings Education & Workforce Development Awareness to Young Women

“Girl Power” was the focus of the day at Nashua High School South Tuesday, November 15, 2017 as organizers and presenters welcomed more than 100 female students, grades 8-12, to explore the possibilities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields during the fourth annual Girls in STEM event. 

ARMI/BioFabUSA was on hand at the event to build awareness of a new industry – Biofabrication.

 Mary Stewart (right), Director of Education & Workforce Development at ARMI  | BioFabUSA, engages with students at "Girls in STEM"

Mary Stewart (right), Director of Education & Workforce Development at ARMI  | BioFabUSA, engages with students at "Girls in STEM"

Dr. Mary Stewart, Director of Education and Workforce Development (EWD) at ARMI | BioFabUSA headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire paired with students from Nashua High’s Biotech CTE program, to discuss career paths in biotech and future opportunities in a new industry.

“Biofabrication and Regenerative Medicine are coming of age and by the time you all are in college, the workforce for talent in this area will be heating up. Those of you currently in junior high school or high school who want to make a difference in this country to help cure disease and eradicate the need for organ transplants should really take a hard look at this field,” encouraged Dr. Stewart.

In the future, the Biofabrication industry will need not only researchers but also clinicians, manufacturers, supply chain specialists and machine and manufacturing engineers among many others.

Goldman Sachs predicts that Regenerative Medicine is one of the most compelling areas for investment and defines the field as the production of growing cells or tissue from stem cells, treatments that promote regeneration, or transplants of organs or tissue grown outside of the body.

“An advancement in Biofabrication could mean helping literally tens of millions of people,” said Stewart, adding, “Many young women are drawn to careers where they assist others and I am passionate about increasing the number of girls in STEM classes and fields through the intersection of STEM and medicine."