The Medical Technology Veterans Program is broadening its scope, adding biotechnology, life sciences and diagnostic industries. The expansion comes with a new name for the group, now called the MedTech & BioTech Veterans Program.
The MVP program was started in 2012 by Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD) and AdvaMed to help military veterans break into the medical device field, providing online educational programs, mentor training and networking events.
BioCollaborative joined the group to assist with the expansion into biotech. The Carlsbad, Calif-based company develops learning programs for biotechnology professional and individuals seeking an avenue into the industry.
The MVBP program also named 27-year military veteran Mike Grice as its new president. Grice is a former U.S. marine and has extensive experience helping veterans transition to the business world.
“We look forward to increasing the number of veterans and mentors registered on the MVP web portal, with the goal of reaching 5,000 veterans by 2018," Mike Grice said in prepared remarks. "The program’s increased sophistication and customized training will enable more touch points and hands-on training for MVP veterans to learn real-world skills in our industries, including the implementation of regional and state-based training programs."