Ignyta co-founder Patrick O’Connor exemplified the Beacon value, and one of his interests was to help young people in their careers. In 2013, during Ignyta’s early days Patrick started an informal summer internship program, which has persisted and grown to this day. To commemorate this commitment to scientific internships, as first introduced to Ignyta by Patrick, and in honor of his distinguished life, dedication and service to patients and young scientists, Ignyta launched the Patrick M. O’Connor Beacon Program at Ignyta in July 2016:
As one of Ignyta’s founding scientific leaders in the field of precision medicine in oncology, Patrick M. O’Connor, Ph.D., believed that having young scientists work in Ignyta’s scientific labs would help them hone their scientific skills and enable them to choose a career path that best suits their scientific interests. Honoring this belief, Ignyta invites student interns every summer to join us in our pursuit of developing precision therapeutics and companion diagnostics that benefit cancer patients worldwide.
For more information on the Patrick M. O’Connor Beacon Program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and please read Ignyta CEO Jonathan Lim’s tribute, “A Shining Beacon: How My Cancer Researcher Friend Ignited My Resolve to Fight Cancer before He Died from Cancer.”