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Biocom Appoints Karmin Noar as Executive Director of Biocom Institute

SAN DIEGO & LOS ANGELES & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Biocom, the association representing the California life science industry, today announced the appointment of Karmin Noar as executive director for Biocom Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports life science innovation by strengthening the workforce and leaders of tomorrow. In this role, she will oversee strategies, programs and staff and drive initiatives focused on STEM education and workforce development.

“Karmin has a strong track record of developing, implementing and managing successful workforce development programs. Whether it’s developing the future workforce, recruiting new talent or engaging employees in volunteerism or professional development, Karmin has the knowledge and experience to continue and expand the important work of Biocom Institute,” said Joe Panetta, president and CEO of Biocom. “I’m eager to see her continue to grow some of our key initiatives to help build a sustainable workforce for the California biotechnology industry.”

Ms. Noar has more than a decade of volunteer and work experience in the nonprofit sector, working on issues from public health and education to youth and workforce development. Prior to joining Biocom Institute, she served as director of programs at the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP). During her time at SDWP, Noar increased funding from approximately $250,000 to over $3 million resulting in workforce development programs that received local and national recognition and over 10,000 youth and adults placed in jobs and internships. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in political science and ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in education from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education & Psychology.

“Workforce development remains a critical need for the life sciences industry, and Biocom Institute is poised to help companies across California address their workforce needs by building innovative workforce development programs and strategies that help attract new talent and build the skills of those currently employed in the industry,” noted Ms. Noar. “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Biocom Institute and look forward to increasing Biocom Institute’s visibility and impact in this next chapter of the organization’s growth.”

About Biocom Institute

Biocom Institute is a 501(c)(3) that accelerates the growth of California’s life science ecosystem through cutting-edge workforce development and STEM education programs and strategies. We identify innovative solutions to address employers’ workforce needs, conduct research, and support the current and emerging life sciences workforce through professional development and outreach. With a goal to build a highly-skilled and diverse talent pipeline and promote lifelong learning, Biocom Institute supports life science innovation and success state-wide and in our local communities. Biocom Institute is an affiliate of Biocom, the largest and most experienced advocate for California’s life science sector. For more information on Biocom Institute, please visit our website at and connect with us on Twitter (@BiocomInstitute).


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