On November 30 and Dec 1, 2023, Intact Genomics (IG) had the pleasure of hosting high school students from St. Louis County Parkway schools who participate in Spark and Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) programs.

Jennifer Gormley, Director of Business Development introduced our innovative products and services used by many scientists around the world, Dr. David Brent Halling, Director of Product Development at Intact Genomics, showed students how cutting-edge technology is developed at IG, and Dr. Chengcang Charles Wu, CEO & Co-founder of Intact Genomics, told a story about how he became a world-renowned scientist and dedicated entrepreneur from being a country boy born to a poor family and illiterate parents in a village of Anhui, China.

These bright students asked terrific questions showing they are eager to learn and participate in life sciences. Student Maura Korte said: “I learned a lot about proteins and how important they are in biotechnology. I feel like you usually only hear about DNA in biotechnology so it was fascinating to see that the field is so much bigger than that!” Hayden Steinkuehler said: “It was a very cool experience in seeing what we might want to do in the future.”

Spark! provides high school students with dynamic, immersion-based student learning experiences to ensure students can understand and respond to an ever-changing world. Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) programs are nationally recognized, innovative high school programs. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high-skill, high-demand jobs. Intact Genomics is proud to do our part in inspiring talented individuals towards careers in STEM to improve the world.