McGee’s Crossroads Middle School
Johnston County Schools
Mentor: Dr. Robin Hyde-DeRuyscher, Biogen Idec
Sponsor: Biogen Idec
Biotechnology in North Carolina Today
Biotechnology is one of the leading high-tech industries in North Carolina, but many citizens are unfamiliar with careers in the biotech field. Kenan Fellow Cinnamon Frame is working in partnership with Biogen Idec, a global leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing, and commercialization of innovative therapies. Together, they are developing a course of study that engages students in the exploration of careers in biotechnology. Through the use of hands-on activities, students gain knowledge regarding the role of biotechnology, test and produce a biological product, and learn about the impact of biotechnology on the North Carolina economy. The ethical implications of biotechnology are also a focus of study.