Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus to Receive Donation of State-of-the-Art Biotechnology Equipment from QIAGEN

Montgomery College was selected to receive a research and diagnostic instrument from QIAGEN, a global biotechnology industry leader and one of Montgomery County’s fast-growing biotech companies. The College’s Germantown Campus will receive a QIAcube for use in the biotechnology and biology programs.

“With the local expansion of biotech and bioscience industry in Maryland, Montgomery College has been expanding and investing in its bioscience course offerings and programs, and has benefited from relationships with companies like QIAGEN, with its U.S. headquarters located headquarters just down the road from our Germantown Campus,” said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, President of Montgomery College. “We’re grateful for the donation of this technology. The QIAcube adds yet another asset to the cutting-edge environment for learning that our biotechnology students enjoy.”

QIAGEN made the announcement to support local academic institutions at a September 24 celebration to break ground for a major $52 million expansion of its North American headquarters and manufacturing center in Germantown. The company’s goal is to give back to the local bioscience community and to help in building a skilled workforce that is educated on the use of laboratory technologies.

The QIAcube, which has a list price of $16,800, is a closed architecture liquid handling platform that is capable of almost fully automating the processing of 12 samples per run. Montgomery College is one of the higher education institutions in the region to receive a QIAGEN instrument.

“The talent, skill, and passion of our employees are key to QIAGEN’s excellence, success and value today and in the future,” said Richard C. Hart, QIAGEN’s Director of Human Resources. “Higher education institutions like Montgomery College offer a range of bioscience and technology courses that help ensure QIAGEN and our peers in the local Maryland biotech industry have a qualified workforce with skills needed to perform successfully in our industry.”

QIAGEN, a leading global provider of sample and assay technologies, employs more than 3,500 people in over 35 locations worldwide, including nearly 700 across its three current locations in Germantown, Gaithersburg and Frederick, Md. The 117,000-square-foot expansion at the Germantown location will enable the company to consolidate several key manufacturing operations and accommodate an expected 90 new jobs. QIAGEN also provides internships for area college students, including biotechnology and engineering students from Montgomery College.

The Biotechnology Program at Montgomery College provides state-of-the-art educational opportunities in applied biotechnology and bioscience, integrating laboratory and classroom instruction. Students may complete a certificate program or receive an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. For more information, please visit: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/biotech.

Caption information: From left to right, Montgomery College Vice President of Advancement David Sears, Professor and Chair of Natural Sciences Lori Kellman, Vice President and Provost of the Germantown Campus Sanjay Rai, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Rose Garvin Aquilino.

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