As just one example of the ripple effect a major development like the Baxter plant can have on an area, Andy Shipp, Managing Partner of Sovereign Partners, LLC, shares his story. When Baxter announced they were coming to Covington, Sovereign Partners bought a 320-acre tract across from the health care giant's space on which to develop an industrial park called Stanton Grove. He was impressed by the vision and quick action taken by Georgia Power and the City of Social Circle as they worked diligently to ensure that electrical, water and sewer were prepped and ready for the promise of expansion. Shipp recommends that Georgia engineering firms apply a little bit of that same vision and quick action, too. He advises they not only focus on the biomedical technology industry, but broaden their scope to include developments that could one day surround up-and-coming biotech campuses. Commercial real estate brokers like Sovereign Partners are regular consumers of engineering firm services. "Anytime new companies come to Georgia - architects, engineers and construction companies almost always benefit. And then there are different sectors of engineering that benefit from this specific industry, as well - such as research and development, advances in new equipment and more. The engineering industry as a whole should be excited about the work that Georgia is doing within this space of biomedical technology and advanced manufacturing."added TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin. FOSTERING A NEW GENERATION OF BIOSCIENCE PROFESSIONALS Technical College System of Georgia According to Dr. Flora Tydings, President of Athens Technical College (ATC), her college has been involved in bioscience education and the provision of a skilled workforce to the market for 25 years. After all, there are an astounding 33 pharmaceutical companies within ATC’s immediate area. With offerings like the Biological Sciences Lab Tech Certificate and Biotechnology Associate of Applied Sciences Degree, not to mention the addition of new programs regularly, Athens Tech is positioning its students for success within the biotech sphere. The same holds true for four other TCSG colleges that offer Bioscience Programs: Atlanta Technical College, Central Georgia Technical College, Chattahoochee Technical College and Gwinnett Technical College. Georgia's Universities The University of Georgia (UGA), Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Emory University, Georgia State University (GSU), Clark Atlanta University, Mercer University, Medical College of Georgia and Morehouse School of Medicine all offer extensive bioscience programs. Bioscience research institutes and centers at these universities include: • UGA’s Bioenergy Systems Research Institute and Regenerative Bioscience Center • Georgia Tech’s Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering & Bioscience and Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology • Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute and Center for AIDS Research • GSU’s Institute for Biomedical Sciences and Center for Behavioral Neuroscience • Morehouse School of Medicine’s Cardiovascular Research Institute and Prevention Research Center • Clark Atlanta’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development • Medical College of Georgia’s Brain & Behavior Discovery Institute and Cardiovascular Discovery Institute • Mercer University’s Center for Drug Design and Center for Clinical Research Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering marks a joint venture between Georgia Tech and Emory School of Medicine that “pairs medical research with engineering to touch, transform and save countless lives.” Representative of the largest Biomedical Engineering department in the country, its graduate program ranks second and undergraduate program fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
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