Aphios® provides service to the community by sponsoring internships and Co-Op students, hosting site visits for high school and college students, providing mentorships to local and regional educational programs such as the Biomedical Science Careers Program at Harvard Medical School, nationally by reviewing grants for the National Institutes of Health and internationally by supporting malaria prevention and treatment efforts in Accra, Ghana.
Additionally, we have provided incubator laboratory space and cGMP facilities for biotechnology startups and niche facilities such as Biohazard Level 3 laboratories for established companies.
We have also sponsored radio and television health care advocacy programs and the reintroduction of military personnel into the private sector and contribute to several nonprofit charities.
Local and Regional Educational Programs
Our CEO, Dr. Trevor P. Castor, has served as Founding Director of Biotechnology, Massachusetts Bay Community College, 1991-1992; Visiting Scientist, MIT, Cambridge, MA, 1991-1993; Mentor, New England Board of Higher Education at MIT, 1990-2005 for Minority Students; and Mentor, Harvard University Medical School’s Biomedical Program for Minority Students, 1991 – present.
National Institutes of Health
Dr. Castor has served as an ad hoc reviewer for SBIR grants and contracts as well as R21, R01, center and other grants for the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH from 1999 to present.
Internships and Co-Op Students
Aphios® has had and continues to have an active internship and co-op program in the sciences and engineering as well as business.
We have had internships in chemistry, microbiology, virology, nanotechnology, drug delivery, and manufacturing as well as finance, marketing, and business development.
We have hosted interns from universities and colleges throughout the United States including Boston University, Mass Bay Community College, MIT, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts, University of Chicago, University of Virginia and Harvard College. We have also hosted international interns from England, France, Germany, Norway, Turkey, and Mexico.
We value the spirit of learning and passion that interns bring to our enterprise, and we provide them with experience and guidance in their fields of interest with good foundations in scientific principles, experimental design, execution, and analysis as well as equipment design and operation. We strive to encourage a spirit of advanced learning and discovery that often leads to interns pursuing post-graduate studies in engineering, biosciences, medicine, and business.
Incubator Laboratory Facilities
We have served as an incubator laboratory for biotechnology startups including Verax Biomedical, Mersana Therapeutics (Nanopharma), Zafgen, Inc. and Eutropics Pharmaceuticals.
We have also provided laboratory facilities to established companies, such as Charles River Laboratories, to conduct specialized testing.
Aphios® has opened its research laboratories and manufacturing facility, when feasible, to interested parties including high school students such as the visitors from Hyde School, Bath, ME.
Advocacy and Philanthropy
Aphios® continues to be a proud supporter of several causes we feel very strongly about.
Here are some of our noteworthy endeavors:
- Sponsored CBS’ Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, including this segment of the locally aired program What’s In Store? to raise prostate cancer awareness
- Participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure for breast cancer
- Raised awareness of the Bob Woodruff Foundation (ReMIND.org), a national nonprofit that helps ensure our nation’s injured service members, veterans and their families return to a home front ready to support them, through a public service announcement campaign
- Support malaria prevention and treatment efforts in Accra, Ghana with the “Beyond Nets in the 21st Century” program in partnership with CHILD ACCRA Inc., a nonprofit health care clinic in Ghana
We also continue to support the following local and national charitable organizations:
- The Alzheimer’s Association
- The American Cancer Society
- The American Institute for Cancer Research
- The American Red Cross
- Boston Rescue Mission
- The Salvation Army
- The Special Olympics
- Pine Street Inn
- Project Hope