GREENVILLE—Mayne Pharma is set to unveil a new scholars program designed to identify high potential STEM-focused students and invest in their education toward a career in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically with their company.
The Mayne Pharma Scholars Program – the product of a partnership between Mayne Pharma, Pitt Community College (PCC), Pitt County Schools, and the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce – will launch March 26. A kickoff event for area science teachers, guidance counselors, PCC faculty and administrators, and Mayne Pharma leadership will take place that morning at the Mayne Pharma Greenville campus.
“We expect the Mayne Pharma Scholars Program will have a positive and significant impact on a participant’s education and put him or her on track for a career with Mayne Pharma,” said John Ross, president of Mayne Pharma USA. “It’s a unique opportunity to bring industry into partnerships with our local schools and community college to grow the available scientific talent to support our investment and continued growth in Pitt County.”
Each year, eight Mayne Pharma Scholars candidates will be selected from among STEM-focused Pitt County high school seniors and current PCC Biotechnology students. The inaugural cohort of Mayne Pharma Scholars will be chosen this fall.
To be considered for the program, students must submit high school and/or current college transcripts, Career Readiness Certificate or ACT scores, and an application. The top 15 candidates will be selected as semi- finalists and will be invited to submit a teacher’s letter of recommendation and interview with PCC faculty and Mayne Pharma staff. The eight finalists will be chosen from this process.
“We are very pleased to form this partnership with Mayne Pharma to provide exceptional career preparation opportunities for our students,” said PCC President Lawrence Rouse.
The Mayne Pharma Scholars Program curriculum will deliver both a foundational education as well as applied skills in laboratory testing procedures and techniques. Participating students will be awarded a full scholarship for two years (or eight semesters). Over the course of the program, scholars will have an opportunity to work as full-time interns at Mayne Pharma with the intent to have them work for the company after graduation.
“We expect this opportunity to provide hands-on work experience that will be a substantial asset to a student’s resume,” Ross said. “The program reflects the industry’s importance in Pitt County and our quest to create another ‘on-ramp’ for local students to build a career with a global pharmaceutical company right in their own back yard.”
For more information about the Mayne Pharma Scholars Program and this month’s launch, call Andrew Herdman, Vice President of Group Human Resources, at (252) 752-3800 or email Andrew.Herdman@maynepharma.com.
An ASX-listed specialty pharmaceutical company, Mayne Pharma is focused on applying its drug delivery expertise to commercialize branded and generic pharmaceuticals. The company also provides contract development and manufacturing services to more than 100 clients worldwide.
Mayne Pharma has a 30-year track record of innovation and success in developing new oral drug delivery systems. These technologies have been successfully commercialized in numerous products that have been marketed around the world.
Mayne Pharma has two product development and manufacturing facilities – one in Salisbury, Australia, and the other in Greenville – with expertise in formulation of complex oral and topical dose forms, including potent compounds, modified-release products, and inherently unstable compounds.