Representatives from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, including a SUNY Cobleskill Biotechnology alumnus, visited campus on Tuesday to tour the facilities and give students a glimpse into the company and the biotech industry.

The day began with a presentation to a Biotech class at 10 a.m., followed by a tour of SUNY Cobleskill’s biotech labs with Dr. Peiyu Zeng and her students, some of whom discussed their current research projects with soy beans, switchgrass, and Kopi Luwak, a rare coffee variety from Indonesia.

The Regeneron representatives, including SUNY Cobleskill alumnus Jonathan Winning ’14, gave a presentation at noon for all Biotechnology majors about the kinds of work and research currently being conducted at Regeneron. That was followed by a chance for students to speak one-on-one with the Regeneron representatives.

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Last week, SUNY Cobleskill hosted an Alumni Career Panel for Biotech to let current students hear from recent graduates about their work and careers. The panel included alumni who currently work at Albany Medical Center, Upstate Medical School, Regeneron, and ICON in Whitesboro, NY.

Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with high demand for trained practitioners in manufacturing, agriculture, government, academic research and beyond. SUNY Cobleskill’s program trains students in modern cellular biology, genetics and molecular biology with a foundation in ethical practices and the humanities.