Sienna Teams Up With UoM to Provide Future Innovators Hands-on Experience

We are passionate about our work at Sienna and actively engage in the development of young people seeking to establish careers in the biotechnology industry. An example of this engagement is Sienna’s participation in the University of Melbourne’s internship program, which is undertaken by final-year Master of Biotechnology students.

Interns in the program get an insight into how a science-based company actually operates, and contribute in ways that provide genuine results for the company. We select projects that not only satisfy course coordinator guidelines, but also deliver research and results that will help us to deliver on our strategic goals. These projects require students to research and gather information on topics such as the dynamics, demographics and regulatory environments of the cancer diagnosis market.

We thoroughly enjoy participating in the program, which provides information that can deliver tangible outcomes, while providing valuable experience for the students. Sienna hopes that its participation in this program helps to develop students who study medtech/biotech disciplines and encourages the participation of other organisations in the industry. Adding to the strength of Australia’s medtech and biotech industries will lead to further innovation and future Australian company success stories, which will benefit Australians from both a health and economic standpoint.

Dr Matthew Digby, Course Coordinator of the Master of Biotechnology at the University of Melbourne, believes that as well as helping students develop confidence, and begin to understand the nature of a workplace, the program assists them with securing employment in the sector. “The experience is a significant contributor to the extremely high success the graduates are experiencing in obtaining employment that is relevant to their area of study,” he said.


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