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PRIDO will triple its contribution to science fellowships

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Jorge Silva Puras, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) and Secretary of the Dept. of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC), invites industry to invest in this fellowship program to strengthen the scientific community in Puerto Rico.

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Bristol Myers Squibb chooses Puerto Rico for biotechnological expansion

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Bristol Myers Squibb gets ready to start producing its first biological product, Orencia, a drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Production of this drug will be done at Bristol Myers’ Manatí plant, where they plan to invest $200 million and hire over 200 people.

Project 1000: Recruiting, Admitting, and Graduating Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students

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Project 1000 is a national program, based at Arizona State University, which aims to assist underrepresented minority students applying to graduate school. Students may apply to up to seven of the over 88 participating Project 1000 institutions by using one application. Participation is FREE OF CHARGE to individual students and to the participating institutions!

CienciaPR member recruited to professorship at HHMI Janelia Farm

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CienciaPR wants to congratulate Dr. Loren Looger, a research associate at Stanford University and member of CienciaPR, who was recently recruited to an academic position at Janelia Farm, the new Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientific community. HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus is a unique, new world-class biomedical research complex that will be home to a broad range of scientific programs.

State Forest of Maricao a natural gem for Puerto Rican endemic species

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The State Forest of Maricao counts on a great number of endemic species, only found in natural areas of Puerto Rico. "There are over 60 different bird species, 29 of them endemic, among which we can find the peregrine falcon, the Puerto Rican tody, the elfin-woods warbler and the Puerto Rican green mango, which is an endangered species.” Of the 128 endemic plants of Puerto Rico, 23 can be found in the Maricao Forest ecosystem, including the higüero (Crescentia portoricensis) and the orchid (Cranichis ricartii), both endangered. The forest also has 368 types of trees, 108 species of orchids, 22 species of bromelia and 174 species of fern.

Amgen inaugurates a laboratory in Juncos

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Amgen, the biggest pharmaceutical company of the world, inaugurated a laboratory of processes development in its plant in Juncos, Puerto Rico. The laboratory, that occupies 54.000 square feet and was developed to a cost of $50 million, will be used to develop new technologies to help the manufacturing process. Global vice-president of Processes Development, Geoff Slaff, as well as the vice-president of Operations in Puerto Rico, Madhu Balachandran, emphasized the importance of investigation and scientific innovation in the Island and its bond with strategies of expansion of Amgen in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rican engineer Orlando Figueroa receives prestigious award for NASA work

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Orlando Figueroa, Director of the Mars Exploration Program, received the "Service to America Medal" for his outstanding contributions to the Mars Exploration Project (MER Project) also known as the Mars Czar. Dr. Figueroa was instrumental in the successful landing of probes "Opportunity" and "Spirit" in the Martian surface.

Paul Lizardi recognized as "Who's who" in Nature Biotechnology

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Paul Lizardi, a Puerto Rican researcher and Professor of Pathology, Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics at Yale University, was recognized by the journal Nature Biotechnology as one of the personalities who have made the most significant contributions to biotech innovation in the last 10 years.

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