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BioTA training - BioRegio STERN honours best graduate

(PresseBox) (Stuttgart, ) Graduates from the private training college of the Deutsches Erwachsenen-Bildungswerk (German Adult Education Centre) in Fellbach received their certificates last Friday from principal Claudia Volz. The newly qualified assistants in chemical and pharmaceutical engineering were joined by twelve biotechnology assistants (BioTA). The year's top BioTAgraduate, Juliane Maget, received a Euro 250 award from BioRegio STERN Management GmbH.

This year's statecertified graduate biotechnology assistants will not be complaining of a shortage of job offers. Graduates have in some cases been wooed straight from the classroom since the course was launched three years ago. Having been instructed in subjects such as chemistry, microbiology and information technology and after undergoing numerous periods of handson laboratory training, they are now optimally prepared for their futurefocused career. BioRegio STERN Management GmbH honoured the year's best student, Juliane Maget, during the certificate presentation ceremony. As well as her certificate, with its outstanding results, Juliane also took home a cheque for Euro 250 as a reward for her excellent performance. The 22-year-old is now looking to start a degree course and is currently applying to several universities in Baden-Württemberg. She sees her BioTAtraining as an ideal enhancement: "After my school leaving examinations, I first wanted to gain practical experience - something that will certainly be of great help to me in my studies." She aims to work in molecular medicine - in cancer research, for example - and has now already secured the ideal springboard for this.

The job opportunities for biotechnology assistants are many and varied due to the broadbased training they receive and extend from the pharmaceuticals industry, research institutes, hospitals and medical laboratories to the cosmetics and foodstuffs industries. They work with microorganisms, cell cultures and plants as well as with biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids. Dr. Klaus Eichenberg, Managing Director of BioRegio STERN Management GmbH, supports the training course because he views welltrained experts as crucial to the success of companies in the region. He advised the young biotechnology assistants to apply for jobs in other sectors too: "Biotechnology is a crosssectoral technology. It has links to a whole host of scientific fields and is in steady interaction with many different disciplines. Biotech knowhow is also increasingly sought after in engineerdriven sectors such as medical technology and automation." The twelve graduates do not therefore need to have any job worries: "The financial crisis has not affected the life sciences industry."

BioRegio STERN Management GmbH

BioRegio STERN Management GmbH is a skill-sharing network, providing a help and advice centre for founders of new businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers in the biotechnology sector in the region comprising Stuttgart, Tübingen, Esslingen, Reutlingen and Neckar-Alb in Germany. BioRegio STERN promotes cooperation between such different disciplines as medicine, biochemical engineering, sensor technology, dietetics, biochemical analysis and bioinformatics. Key areas of focus are regenerative medicine and medical technology. BioRegio STERN represents the interests of founders of new businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers when dealing with the political sector, the media and associations, coordinates economic promotional activities and marketing and provides advice for grant applications and corporate financing, all backed up with efficient press and public relations work. BioRegio STERN is supported by the Stuttgart and Neckar-Alb regional authorities and the municipal authorities of Stuttgart, Tübingen, Esslingen and Reutlingen. The Managing Director, Dr. Klaus Eichenberg, is a molecular and cell biologist and investment analyst.

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