Jhon Orozco of Dover, a biology student at County College of Morris (CCM), was able to enhance his education by gaining some practical experience as the college’s first intern at Elusys Therapeutics.
“Working as a student intern at Elusys gave me the opportunity to discuss some of the knowledge that I have acquired at CCM with professional people who have been working in the field for years,” says Orozco. “The main duty of my job was to organize some of the company’s information used for research.”
Elusys Therapeutics, located in Pine Brook, is a private biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of antibody-based therapies for the treatment of infectious disease. The company is working on the development of an anti-toxin antibody (ETI-204), which is expected to treat inhalational anthrax disease after a bio warfare attack.
“I went over several protocols and designed a series of flow charts,” says Orozco. “This internship increased my understanding of how pharmaceutical companies work and helped me to become familiar with important concepts, regulations and processes of companies.”
Orozco moved from Columbia to the United States in 2011 because he was seeking better educational opportunities. He credits CCM and its outstanding science programs for helping him to pursue his career interests.
Following his graduation, he hopes to attend either Rutgers or Drew University to continue his studies in biology. In the future, he aspires to attend medical school and become a cardiologist.