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STATE SENATOR

Joan Hartley

An Independent Voice

Strengthening Connecticut's Bioscience Pipeline

I brought to the floor and led the unanimous, bipartisan passage of legislation that will ensure that students graduating from Connecticut's institutions of higher education are equipped with the tools they need to pursue careers in the growing bioscience sector. Senate Bill 959 will help us target curriculum to meet the needs of the many bioscience and precision medicine firms that are looking to hire new talent. Connecticut is well-positioned to become a major hub for bioscience research. These firms are going to continue to form, grow, and create jobs, and we need to make sure those jobs are being filled by Connecticut residents.

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Senate Bill 959 will establish a working group tasked with taking an inventory of current educational resources available in the state to prepare students for careers in bioscience. In January of 2018, the group will deliver recommendations on how those resources can be improved and expanded upon. This will ensure that Connecticut's state college and university system is preparing students for jobs needed in these sectors, including: researchers and clinicians, data scientists, health informaticians and, genomic counselors.