Ricks will oversee and expand the impact of the Institute's Minority and Indigenous Fellows Program, a yearlong mentoring program sponsored by Amgen that pairs industry Mentors with Fellows who are undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from underserved populations at colleges and universities. Ricks will also lead the Institute's initiatives to encourage development of a biotechnology workforce through two- and four-year college programs and to link those programs to industry.

"Irelene's hiring is an indication of the importance of diversity to the field of biotechnology and the Institute," says Paul A. Hanle, president of...

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