Pennsylvania Life Sciences Institute Announces New Executive Director

-Founder of HealthWorks Academies Joins Institute-

WAYNE, PA, February 13, 2013 – The Pennsylvania Life Sciences Institute today announced the appointment of healthcare leadership development professional Dale Keshishian as Executive Director of the Institute, effective Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

Keshishian is the founder of HealthWorks Academies, an organization designed to provide a turn-key health academy program offering to high schools. The model is designed to meet the demands of the, next generation of healthcare and life science workforce. By creating strategic alliances with industry leaders in healthcare and life science, technology, workforce development and education, Keshishian assembled and developed a diverse team to bring the HealthWorks Academies project from concept to launch in the Philadelphia region as precursor to a nationally replicable model.

“We are pleased to welcome Dale as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Life Sciences Institute,” said Christopher P. Molineaux, Chancellor of the PLSI. “Her dedication to workforce development within the healthcare and life sciencesA cluster of scientific disciplines concerned with human life and health. Included are many branches of biology (e.g., molecular biology, cell biology) and chemistry (e.g., biochemistry), as well as some areas of genetics, physics and materials science, among others. sectors – coupled with her deep experience facilitating strategic connections among industry leaders – will enhance Pennsylvania’s position as a global leader in medical innovation and life sciences job retention.”

Keshishian serves on the Board of Directors for ACHIEVEability, the American Red Cross Spectrum Committee, Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND), and the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

About the Pennsylvania Life Sciences Institute

The Pennsylvania Life Sciences Institute (PLSI) is a workforce development organization with the purpose of increasing the strength of Pennsylvania’s life sciences and healthcare industries. PLSI was created in October 2012 through the acquisition of the Life Science Career Alliance by the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association (Pennsylvania Bio).  PLSI is an affiliate of Pennsylvania Bio, the statewide trade association for the life sciences industry.

Media Contact:    Christopher P. Molineaux P: 610-947-6800 ext. 203, E: gro.o1500668948ibap@1500668948xuaen1500668948ilomc1500668948

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