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Can Biotech…? HudsonAlpha wraps up another promising Biotech 201

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology wrapped up the annual Biotech 201 seminar series in March where more than 600 attendees joined Dr. Neil Lamb, vice president for Educational Outreach, in exploring a broad range of societal challenges that can be addressed using biotechnology.

“I really enjoy spending my Tuesday nights at Biotech and knowing that those of you watching online are sitting on the edge of your seats at 6:29 waiting for the seminar to start!” said Lamb.

In addition to dynamic presentations from Lamb, attendees enjoyed a series of videos that explained how we can harness the power of biotechnology to solve a crime, predict someone’s death, create “designer babies” and colonize life on Mars. Videos included guest appearances from Elvis, the Grim Reaper, and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head.

“Biotech 201 is an amazing opportunity for professional learning for educators and understanding for the public, so this is a win-win,” said Jennifer Hutchinson, a biology content specialist with the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI).

Biotech 201 is a follow-on course for those who have completed Biotech 101. Sign up for the Learners newsletter and be the first to know when Biotech 101 registrations opens this fall

Professional Advisors

The HudsonAlpha Foundation Professional Advisors Council met February 15 at HudsonAlpha. Dr. Rick Myers, HudsonAlpha president and science director presented “Neurological Disease Research.”

The council is comprised of legal, wealth management, accounting and estate planning professionals who work with the HudsonAlpha Foundation to help their clients achieve philanthropic goals. Membership is by invitation only. For more information, please visit

The next meeting will be May 17th. Dr. Neil Lamb, vice president for educational outreach, will present “Decade of Discovery.”


The HudsonAlpha Foundation Connections group met February 22 at HudsonAlpha. Dr. Kevin Bowling, HudsonAlpha senior scientist, and Dr. Candice Finnila, HudsonAlpha clinical research coordinator, discussed the institute’s recent findings in her talk, “Childhood Genetic Disorders Research.”

HudsonAlpha Connections is an advocacy group comprised primarily of younger professionals and civic leaders in the community. Members meet quarterly for highlights on HudsonAlpha research and programs so they can share about HudsonAlpha and promote its nonprofit efforts with their spheres of influence. For more information, please visit

The next meeting will be May 24th. Dr. Michelle Amaral, HudsonAlpha senior scientist, will share details about an exciting new clinical research program called “Impacting ALS.”