As part of our mission to expand the life sciences community in Virginia, ReAlta connects with local universities, students and faculty to offer insight and collaboration opportunities. Recently, several ReAlta staff members led educational seminars at Old Dominion University, one of the largest public universities in Virginia.
HIE Program Director Lori Upham, and Lab Manager Pamela Hair, presented at Old Dominion University as part of a career discussion with students in the chemistry program. During the presentation, Lori and Pamela discussed career paths in the Life Sciences industry that are available to graduates with a chemistry degree. Lori gave an overview of her personal experience working in Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC), a vital part of drug development. Pamela, who has managed laboratories for most of her career, presented her unique perspective on drug development, as she is hands-on with many of the experiments conducted at ReAlta’s headquarters.
Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Neel Krishna presented a seminar to the undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. During his talk, Dr. Krishna discussed his initial discovery of the EPICC molecules and the formation of ReAlta. Dr. Krishna fielded many questions from the students on the drug development process and the EPICC technology. As part of ReAlta’s ongoing efforts to connect with students, Dr. Krishna is exploring opportunities for future collaboration with ODU, which will include development training opportunities for undergraduate students.