The Power of Knowledge

Week in Review: The Power of Knowledge

01.24.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” This statement couldn't be more accurate. With scientists and researchers in the biopharmaceutical industry constantly learning about diseases and working toward discovering new treatments for patients that could have a profound impact on our society, it is increasingly important to ensure we’re also developing the next generation of scientists.

To promote the importance of learning, especially in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, we hosted STEM Saves Lives this week with US News and World Report where we heard from a number of different issue experts on the importance STEM education to U.S. competitiveness. In addition to discussing the increasing STEM skills gap facing this country, our President and CEO John J. Castellani announced the release of a new report with PhRMA Chairman and Eli Lilly CEO John Lecheliter. The biopharmaceutical industry believes education, and especially STEM education, will help change people’s lives and make a difference, and the report, commissioned by Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, highlights some of the ways the industry is working to promote STEM and close the skills gap.

In conjunction with the STEM Saves Lives event, our President and CEO asked issue experts what they think we can do to close the STEM skills gap through our Conversations forum. Each answer gave a unique look into STEM education programs across the country and expressed the need for continued education and interest from students and teachers. The STEM skills gap remains an issue in the U.S., but with growing support and increased awareness there is hope that the this essential workforce can gain economic leadership in the future. Read this week’s responses and share your thoughts with us.

In our new “I am Research, Progress, Hope” segment, the chief scientific officer for neuroscience at Pfizer, Michael Ehlers, also discussed the impact STEM education has on jobs and the U.S. economy. Ehlers, who works with a multi-disciplinary team that focuses on Alzheimer’s and other serious brain diseases, encourages students who are considering careers in biopharmaceutical research to find a field they are passionate about. “Nothing can substitute for the passion that accompanies the fundamentally curious mind,” noted Ehlers, who also shared that his motivation comes from being able to apply his years of knowledge to work toward developing solutions for patients around the world.

We look forward to expanding our knowledge this year and continuing to promote STEM education. We hope you will learn with us and continue to share your thoughts and ideas about STEM and other relevant issues.

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