Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

If we are to continue to solve the toughest health challenges of tomorrow, a passion to innovate must be continually cultivated among young students today. Future employers will be waiting, but more importantly, patients will be as well.

That was the sentiment, delivered by Dr. JoAnn Suzich, during the keynote address at the MdBio Foundation’s 10th Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in STEM (ATLAS) college and career readiness symposium at Montgomery College’s campus in Germantown, Md. MedImmune has long supported MdBio, a national non-profit that provides STEM education and workforce development to underserved communities – including those in our own Gaithersburg community.

Suzich, who is Vice President of Research, Microbial Sciences at MedImmune, spoke passionately about her personal career trajectory in STEM and the many lessons she learned along the way.

Suzich encouraged students to reject limits on their potential: “If you have a dream, don’t let your friends or anybody around you say ‘That’s going to be hard. That’s going to be tough. That’s going to be too difficult.’ Don’t let anyone else’s lack of ambition impact you.”

She continued, “If I can leave you with one message it’s that at this point in your career, don’t set your sights too low. Really, shoot for the stars. You don’t know what you’re capable of achieving until you give it a try.”

MedImmune is committed to the continued growth of the BioHealth Capital Region, and to the advancement of STEM education that can help fuel it for the long term. 

As Suzich noted, “At MedImmune we are driven to create life-saving medicines — a process that does not happen without people who fundamentally love science; ATLAS and programs like it are critical to nurturing that passion early on so that it can thrive.”