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Biotech & Pharma

Three-Week Summer Science Program

BioSTEM Award, 2018, J&J • Top Summer Science Program, 2011-2019, NY Times/ • Top Robotics Program, 2017, RoboLoco • Best Medicine Program, 2018, ParentMap • Top Biomedical Engineering, •
Top 101 Summer Camps & Programs, • Top Biomedical Engineering, 2017,

Students will gain hands-on experience with gel electrophoreses, develop DNA chains, perform virtual polymerase chain reaction (PCR), study bioinformatics, and much more. Sue Piraino, a former research scientist with Pfizer and Sanofi Genzyme, is returning for her third year with BLI. Sue and her students visited the prestigious Broad Institute last year, and we have many more plans for 2020.

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Biotech & Pharma takes place at our Longwood Medical Area campus. Residential students at the Longwood Medical area must be rising tenth graders or above.

This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.

Students do chemical experiments in the Biotech and Pharma three-week program

Date: July 6th – July 24th
Dana Hall – Wellesley, MA

Drug discovery techniques that students will study range from testing of medicinal plants and herbs to use of cutting edge computational chemistry to examine new drug candidates using advanced computer technology. This program will follow the process of drug discovery from selection of targets to identification of a lead compound and onward through lead optimization and pre-clinical trials. Pre-college students will learn, through case studies and guest lectures, examples of how companies take a new drug from idea, to discovery, and then to clinical trial.  Students will learn basic principles of computational chemistry and use computer models to identify and test characteristics of new drug candidates. 

Field Trips

The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard where they learned about biological circuits and how the advanced CRISPER genome-editing & single-cell sequencing technology.

Lab Central, a prestigious biotech innovation hub in the heart of Cambridge.

Susan Piraino teaching students in the biotech and pharma program

Susan Piraino

Ms. Piraino received her Masters in Biology from Boston College. After graduating, she was recruited as a research scientist by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, later taking her talents to Sanofi Genzyme. Ms. Piraino possesses research and development experience in many therapeutic areas, including hemophilia, osteoarthritis, Alzheimer’s, renal fibrosis, oncology, hematopoiesis, and more. Her expertise also extends to molecular and cellular biology, specializing in gene therapy.

Student Comments

‘I entirely enjoyed the program. I have learned so much! It has given me a chance to find out about many things that I thought never existed. BioTech was a wonderful experience all thanks to one of the best teachers I’ve ever met, Mrs Piraino.’

‘I really liked the hands-on activities and the heavy content that we learned. I really liked Mrs. Piraino because she was someone who had a lot of knowledge and experience and genuinely cared for us and our growth.’

‘The program was amazing and very informative. The labs we did were things my school can’t afford and just doesn’t want to do and it just gave me so much lab experience. The environment wasn’t stressful and Mrs. Piraino was an amazing teacher.’

‘The program was great! I loved our teacher an she gave us really good insight into what the biotech industry actually looks like. She also gave us hands-on experience in molecular biology.’

Students pose for a photo in the BioTech and Pharma Research three-week summer science program

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