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November 28, 2017

Bioscience Council Talks Outreach, Tech Solutions

Bioscience is a leading industry within the Atlanta region’s ecosystem of expansion opportunities. Employing nearly 30,000 in our state, industry advancements occur every day. These advancements not only impact bottom line success, they also improve people’s lives through health equity and building community. 

Chaired by Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and led by the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Kornelius Bankston, MAC’s fourth quarter Bioscience – Health IT Leadership Council discussed how organizations in the Atlanta region are developing new partnerships in science, impacting population health and creating community within digital health platforms.

Partnerships create opportunities for collaboration and have been a cornerstone of the bioscience industry. The Bridge Academy, an Atlanta-based organization providing non-traditional learning for urban youth who face challenges in traditional learning environments, has created a full-time high school program focused on exposure to STEAM related careers. This exposure includes post-secondary support, internship placement and identifying industry partners where students can gain access and develop career-ready skills. AEON Global Health has collaborated with The Bridge Academy and discussed how beneficial the program is for both partners and students.

As the council meeting transitioned into a panel discussion featuring Dr. Montgomery Rice, Spencer Stuart’s Healthcare Practice’s Dr. Greg Vaughn, and ShareWik/StayWell Founder, Vice President and General Manager Diane Keough, there was a recurring theme around health equity. This included removing barriers to engagement with patients, building community through group mentality, and capitalizing on an abundance of data resources. With millions of resources collecting data, protecting patient information is critical in meeting industry regulations, and as heavy compliance regulations are in place within the healthcare industry, our panel discussed innovative solutions focused on identifying like-minded cases, programming focused on users, and capitalizing on patient trends.

Georgia is a recognized leader in the area of bioscience. As the industry continues to grow, MAC’s Bioscience – Health IT Leadership Council will continue to bring together the region’s world-class universities, advanced research programs and forward-thinking organizations to tell their story. Metro Atlanta has the potential to create thousands of jobs within the bio industry sector, and we look forward to engagement in 2018.

The 2018 Bioscience Leadership Council calendar will be released early Q1. If you have any questions on how your organization can engage with MAC, please reach out to Jack Murphy.