New Analytical Lab sponsored by Takeda helps students develop skills in Biomanufacturing

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Moorpark College is excited to announce an unveiling ceremony and Ribbon cutting for the Moorpark College Biotechnology Analytical Lab sponsored by Takeda. This lab resides within the main biotechnology Lab. This event will take place July 19, 2024, at 10 a.m. 

The ceremony will include distinguished speeches by Dr. Julius Sokenu, President of Moorpark College, and Stephen Hatke, Site Head at Takeda’s Thousand Oaks facility. Additionally, attendees will hear inspiring testimonials from faculty and alumni, highlighting the transformative impact of the lab on their educational experiences. 

This event celebrates the generous, four-year $250,000 sponsorship from Takeda to the Moorpark College Foundation, dedicated to enhancing resources for the college’s Biotech Program Analytical Lab. 

Starting this fall, Moorpark College will offer its first bachelor’s degree in a field expected to grow through the start of the next decade – Applied Biomanufacturing. The Analytical Lab sponsored by Takeda provides students with hands-on experiences, equipping them with the analytical and technical skills essential for success in the biotech manufacturing industry. The lab will allow students majoring in biotech manufacturing to gain the analytical and technical skills needed to thrive in the industry through hands-on experiences. 

“We’re immensely proud to support Moorpark College students interested in the biotechnology field. The Moorpark College Biotechnology Analytical Lab sponsored by Takeda provides students pursuing a bachelor’s in Biomanufacturing applied knowledge across the spectrum of this industry,” said Stephen Hatke, Vice President of Manufacturing and Thousand Oaks Site Head. “Our ongoing partnership with Moorpark College exemplifies Takeda’s commitment to STEM education and the next generation of innovators who will drive progress and shape the future.”

“This agreement perfectly aligns with our mission and increases the likelihood of Moorpark College becoming a destination college locally, nationally, and globally,” said Dr. Julius Sokenu, president of Moorpark College. “Takeda is an industry leader in driving technology and devising treatments that enhance the quality of life for millions.” 

The Analytical Lab sponsored by Takeda will be a welcome addition to the college’s current biotech lab, where students pursuing an associate degree in biotechnology learn the tools of the trade. Takeda’s quarter-million-dollar sponsorship to the foundation will directly assist the program through the purchase of several critical laboratory instruments, scholarships and access to mentoring and internships. 

“This is a win-win for Moorpark College, Takeda and Ventura County,” said Moorpark College Foundation Chief Development Officer Deborah Klein. “Our students will have opportunities to see how their studies apply to real-world scenarios, while our business community will have access to individuals eager to contribute their talents to the local and regional workforce.” 

To learn more about Moorpark College’s Biotechnology program, visit the program’s webpage
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