Biological engineering student wins Genentech Pharmaceutical Technical Development Student Award


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Morgan Roggenbaum, a junior studying biological engineering, is the recipient of the prestigious Genentech Pharmaceutical Technical Development Outstanding Student Award for 2020.

The award recognizes outstanding students in disciplines related to the field of biotechnology. As a recipient, Roggenbaum will be guaranteed a three-month internship this summer at Genentech’s South San Francisco location in California.

Roggenbaum, a Schreyer Honors Scholar, is pursuing minors in both biomedical engineering and engineering leadership development. She is actively involved in multiple student programs, including International Virtual Engineering Teams, Mission Mexico, the Society of Women Engineers and Engineers for a Sustainable World.

In addition, Roggenbaum is a participant in the College of Engineering’s Global Engineering Fellows Program. She has studied abroad at the University of Singapore and will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, to complete her second study abroad in fall 2020.

The Pharmaceutical Technical Development (PTDU) at Genentech functions as the bridge between Research and Manufacturing, taking processes from laboratory bench-scale to manufacturing-scale. The mission of PTDU is to design, develop, scale up and implement cost-effective production systems and technologies for therapeutic drug candidates to fulfill the demands of Genentech’s Research, Development, Commercial and Production Operations groups.

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Morgan Roggenbaum. IMAGE: PROVIDED