Hull AP Bio Students Participate in Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation’s Career Exploration Day

Hull Public Schools
Michael F. Devine, Superintendent
180 Harborview Road
Hull, MA 02045

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
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Hull AP Bio Students Participate in Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation’s Career Exploration Day 

Hull AP bio students visited Ironwood Pharmaceuticals as part of Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation’s Career Exploration Day. Back row, left to right: Senior Nate Froio, sophomores Victoria Rosado and Maeve Donohue, and seniors Jessica Goode, Grace Waters, Kyle Cuklanz and Alyssa Albert. Front row, left to right: Senior Sean Healey, sophomore Melissa Rymaszewski, and seniors Charlotte White, Emily Reppucci, Krista Carpenter and Erica Thornton. (Courtesy Photo Hull Public Schools)

HULL —  Hull High School students in Advanced Placement biology took a special trip to Cambridge this month to visit a local business as part of Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation’s Career Exploration Day.

Organized by MassBioED, Career Exploration Day works to foster a connection between the classroom and science industry by giving students the opportunity to interact with people working in the field and learn about career options.

On Nov. 15, AP biology teacher John Donohue took seniors Charlotte White, Emily Reppucci, Alyssa Albert, Grace Waters, Krista Carpenter, Erica Thornton, Nate Froio, Jessica Goode, Sean Healey and Kyle Cuklanz, along with sophomores Victoria Rosado, Melissa Rymaszewski and Maeve Donohue to Ironwood Pharmaceuticals.

Located in Cambridge, Ironwood is a biotechnology/bio-pharmacology company that employees around 600 employees, and produces the drug Linzess, which is used to treat IBS.

Upon their arrival at Ironwood, students received a welcome talk from Todd Milne, one of the company’s founding scientists, before taking a tour of the laboratory and meeting with several members of the senior staff at the company.

The day concluded with a luncheon, where students sat and talked with Ironwood employees about their jobs and career paths.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students to learn about the wide variety of career paths in the thriving biotechnology industry here in Massachusetts,” Donohue said. “Our students are fortunate to have generous and welcoming professionals who are willing to share their experiences and knowledge in order to encourage the next generation of leaders in this important field.”