+ ++ First national conference promotes inclusion of Latinos and African Americans in biomedical industry | Latina Lista
Life Issues

First national conference promotes inclusion of Latinos and African Americans in biomedical industry

First national conference promotes inclusion of Latinos and African Americans in biomedical industry

LatinaLista — The biomedical industry is one of the most important industries in the nation. It's a field tasked with what is a national priority for any country — keeping people healthy. In a nutshell, the biomedical industry develops products for the prevention, treatment, and cure of human diseases.

A mix of science fiction, detective work, exploration, invention and innovation, the biomedical field should be a natural draw for generations who grew up on Star Trek reruns. Yet, Latinos, African Americans, Asians and other people of color represent less than five percent of the biomedical workforce — and an even smaller number are involved in creating new businesses in the industry.

It shouldn't be the case especially when the industry is projected to have positive job growth over the next ten years fueled in areas (chronic and acute diseases) that only the biomedical industry can tackle.

Yet, in every industry where diversity is at a minimum, it's not always easy for people of color to find and receive the kind of help they need that will help them reach the next level in their careers.

It's one of the reasons why the first national Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference (MBEC) was created. To be held over two days on May 21-22 in Cleveland, Ohio, the conference is hosted by The America21 Project and BioEnterprise.

Attendees will be offered mentoring opportunities with industry leaders and investors, entrepreneurship education, and practical advice on starting and growing a biomedical company. Entrepreneurs looking for funding are afforded the opportunity to present before a group of seasoned biomedical investors.

Conference organizers hope to attract everyone who is interested in the biomedical field from students and investors to media professionals who cover the industry to those who want to be a part of the national minority biomedical innovation ecosystem at what is planned to be an annual event.

“The underrepresentation of African Americans and Latinos in the biomedical industry undermines national economic competitiveness,” said Johnathan Holifield, a co-founder of The America21 Project and co-chair of MBEC. “MBEC confronts the problem by bringing minority entrepreneurs together with industry veterans and investors for mentoring, networking and education.”

(Editor's note disclaimer: I sit on the Steering Committee of the MBEC)

Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Life Issues


New report highlights why Hispanics 50+ are a force still to be reckoned with

Latina ListaOctober 13, 2015

Five things Latinos are doing right

Latina ListaOctober 7, 2015

Study discovers how big an impact Latino siblings have on one another

Latina ListaOctober 6, 2015

Latinas lead the way in creating businesses

Latina ListaSeptember 8, 2015

Even with college acceptance in hand, too many low-income Latinos never make it to campus

Latina ListaAugust 17, 2015
A guard tower is shown at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California October 1, 2013. The prison contains areas known as Security Housing Units (SHU) that house some of the most dangerous criminals in the state. Picture taken October 1, 2013.    REUTERS/Robert Galbraith  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY) - RTR3FKA6

Call to reform juvenile and criminal justice system rings louder

Latina ListaJuly 14, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 4.39.01 PM

New report reveals more girls of color in juvenile justice system victims of sexual abuse

Latina ListaJuly 9, 2015

National Parks offer 12 fun ways to beat summer heat & remind visitors to not forget those selfies

Latina ListaJuly 2, 2015

Real suffering happening because of climate change. Finally, more people speaking up, but más needed

Latina ListaJune 17, 2015