A Demand- Driven Biotechnology Workforce- the Piedmont Triad Region & Forsyth County, NC Russ H. Read Executive Director National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce Forsyth Tech Winston-Salem, NC “The Plan” • The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce • The Piedmont Triad Area of North Carolina • The case for Biotechnology • The Forsyth Tech Biotech Program • Your questions and ideas for North Louisiana Partnership • Five Distinct Centers of Expertise (Community Colleges) Rational • Capture: best practices in the development of skill standards, certification and curriculum in regionally specialized biotech training centers • Disseminate: make available replicable models to community colleges across America Composition • Team: 5 centers of Excellence/Expertise regionally based with niche mandates • Collective purpose: a national resource Progress & Future Aims • Dissemination: national & regional presentations, web site, subject matter experts for webinars Communications tools like www.biotechworkforce.org & Biotech Resource Line “Tracking Trends’ • Resources: applicable curriculum, standards are available through each site • Trainees: over 400 Associate’s degrees; close to 700 short innovative programs ; hundreds of middle & H.S. teachers & students; tracking outcomes • Partnership models: collaboration between education, community and workforce providers are available on a site by site basis Biotechnology’s Potential “Vast and Imaginative” • Food & agriculture • Medicine • Environment • Information • Other It’s a Bio World! 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Sharif - NYT Pictures Diverse Training Needs • Similar type of Biotech job positions exist across the country • There are emerging biotechnology specializations • Examples: research & development, bioprocessing/biomanufacturing,and bioinformatics Community Colleges Hold the Key Biotechnology Occupational Characteristics • Specialized Skills • High Level of Education • Higher Wages Employment Projections to 2012 • Industry – Scientific research, development & technical services: 70% – Pharmaceutical & medical manufacturing: 23% • Occupations – Life, physical & social scientists: 17% – Biological scientists: 19% – Biological technicians: 19% Career and Education Ladder Demand-Driven Process needs opportunity sustainability implementation results Approximately 90% Integration into the Workforce Partnerships are Essential Industry College Workforce Development Iowa Bioprocess Training Center • Training Programs, A.S. – Bioprocess Technology – Ethanol Maintenance Tech • Workforce Development • Technical training – Online, custom, etc – Process Control Certificate MiraCosta Bioprocessing Program • Elements – Specialized Curriculum (with Industry) – Specialized Faculty – Specialized Facilities – Outreach and recruitment – Develop Skill Standards • Develop with Northeast Biomanufacturing Collaborative with NSF ATE project grant; downloadable on-line at www.biotechworkforce.org – Develop Capacity to Train the Biomanufacturing Workforce • Purchase equipment so each student has an opportunity to operate biomanufacturing equipment and processes • Hire full time Biomanufacturing faculty and facility manager • Train all types of students from those entering the NHCTC A.S. Degree in Biotechnology from high school, to the “ordinary community college student”, to displaced workers, to the incumbent worker – Create Short Courses for Incumbent Worker Training • Establish the Northeast Biomanufacturing Institute • Offer three sessions/year of short courses for incumbent workers (and trainers, including faculty) – Create National Biomanufacturing Apprenticeship Program • Create with the Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Office in Concord, NH and in Washington, D.C. • Disseminate throughout the Northeast Region through the NSF ATE Biomanufacturing Center, the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2) • Disseminate nationally Biomanufacturing Apprenticeship Program NHCTC Apprenticeship Program •For high school graduates enrolled in NHCTC’s Biotechnology A.S. Degree •Biomanufacturing company becomes a DOL registered Apprenticeship site •Student becomes a DOL registered Apprentice •Student completes 500-600 hour summer Apprenticeship at Biomanufacturing company summer of freshman year •Student completes 1000 hour relevant courses during two year A.S. Degree program •Student completes 2000 hour Apprenticeship either part-time in their second year or full time in the summer LIFE SCIENCE INFORMATICS – Regional & National Focus Groups • Explore Emerging Job Descriptions – Develop Skill Standards • Industry Validation – Expand Medical Informatics Curriculum • Bridge to Bioinformatics – Develop Bioinformatics Curriculum – Create Faculty Support Resource – Disseminate Nationally R&D Technical Training Prepare graduates who are highly skilled: 1. Research and Development (Major Emphasis) 2. Biomanufacturing/Bioprocess (Minor Industries). Research Competencies • Nucleic Acid-DNA Technology • Cell and Tissue Technology • Biomolecular Separations • Industrial Processes • Research Lab Animal Handling a Partner’s Feedback • Competent (Hard and Soft skills) • Easily Trainable • Very hands-on • Mature and Reliable Piedmont Triad Area Location- 60-90 miles from Charlotte and Raleigh (RTP) • 1,517,790 Population 1,517,790 Largest Industry in terms of employees - Health Care Forsyth per capita income $25,000 The Piedmont Triad • The Reality “Business climate has deteriorated over the past two decades; 37,000 jobs lost from industry once led by tobacco, textiles, and furniture.” • The Vision “Business, government, and academia collaborating to create a framework for recovery and economic growth.” • The Opportunity “Expand on North Carolina’s Biotech Corridor as the Triad represents the State’s second largest biotechnology business region.” Piedmont Triad Manufacturing Employment 2000 - 2004 160 150 147,000 Manufacturing Jobs (000s) 140 130 116,000 120 110 100 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 The case for diversification of the region’s economy CoreNet Global Deal o the Year Biotech Opportunities ? Necessary Behaviors capital • Vision / Leadership / Desire • Collaboration workforce • Volunteerism • Entrepreneurialism Infrastructure Basic Ingredients What Biotechnology Companies look for: Research Universities and Institutions Experienced Management Venture Capital Educated and trained workforce Attractive, flexible, and affordable physical location Cultural environment Cluster networks Triad’s Resources • Bio-Medical and Health Care is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in Forsyth, Guilford and Alamance. 240 related firms employing 31,223 • More than 20 universities, colleges and technical schools enroll more than 40,000 students. • Technology Transfer offices create entrepreneurial growth. • Community Colleges are training a biotech workforce. • NC Biotechnology Center opens first regional office . • Quality of Life, Lower Cost of Living. Source: Piedmont Triad Partnership Triad Challenges • Capital for physical infrastructure to create affordable cost facilities. • Investment / finance for start-up companies. • Incentives to attract and sustain technology companies. • Improve economic disparities and societal barriers. • Complexity of Regionalism. • Recognition of the Triad as a technology hub. Biotech Research & Development - the Piedmont Triad Biomedical Research Infrastructure –FTCC –WFUSM –WSSU –UNC-G –NC A&T EDUCATION WS/FCS Systemwide Science Fair SciWorks Children’s Museum Atkins Technology High School Laboratories for Learning – BIO Summer Program SciTech Summer Technology Institute Community Life Science Speakers’ Series Annual Technology Briefing Life Sciences CEO Roundtable PTEN( entrepreneurial initiative) IMAF – Venture Capital NC Biotechnology Center – Triad Office Babcock Demon Incubator PTRP Community Advisory Committee Training N.C.’s largest two-year biotechnology degree program BioNetwork Regional bio-pharmaceutical training center U.S. Department of Labor Grant Piedmont Triad Capital Possibilities Capital & Entrepreneurial Activity Angel capital & Local Venture - Piedmont Angel Network - Inception Micro Angel Fund Knowledge & Environment - Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurs Network - Wake Forest Babcock Business Incubator - Nussbaum Incubator - Seed Stage Advisory - Winston - Salem Technology Council “New” Economic Development Groups in the Piedmont Triad Strong, Cooperative Organizations Two active research parks being built Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurs Network (PTEN) Piedmont Triad Partnership Chambers 3, Triad Action Greensboro Winston - Salem Chamber’s Technology Council NC Department of Commerce NC Regional Biotechnology Office Piedmont Triad Biotechnology Advisory Board (schools universities, for profits) Life Sciences Executive Round Table Piedmont Triad Research Park Expansion master-plan: 200 acres WFUHS research campus Three districts identified for development based on “livability and workability” 25 - 30 year buildout 5.7 million gross square feet of potential development Advancing Innovation Through Collaborations Research Partners Public Sector Universities, Federal Laboratories, Medical Centers Federal agencies, State, County, City Workforce Training ------ Design FTCC, NCSA Life Science Development Partners Business NC Biotech Center, Dept. of Commerce Networks Research Triangle Institute, SBTDC Private Sector Chamber of Commerce Companies Law Firms, Banks, VCs, PTEN, CED Babcock-Demon Incubator Life Science Companies, CMO’s, Developers, Local ED’s Suppliers, Contractors Piedmont Triad Biotechnology Advisory Board Statewide Strategic Plan Acting on 21 Regional Initiatives • Assessment/Inventory will show trends, resources, gaps • Identify projects, goals, vision in three timelines • Short Term Projects: ex: Assessment, Economic Index, Events Workforce • Mid Term Goals: ex: Marketing, wet-lab incubator, pilot scale mfg • Longer Term Vision: ex: International Business Incubator, Biomanufacturing facility recruitment Inventory Biotechnology Industry - the Piedmont Triad 49 Life Sciences Related Companies 12 medical device manufacturers 8 medical service providers 4 clinical laboratories 9 biotechnology companies 16 pharmaceutical companies 33 support/service companies The Biotech Program Process Personnel faculty grants, in- kinds Implement & evaluate utility Internal/ External advisors Curriculum Not to be reinvented Environmental Assessment Reveals • BT Workers at the technician level are a high need for the present & future “ You train them they will have jobs ” Vision for the Biotechnology Progam • premiere BT program in R&D in the Southeast • now considered nationwide to be a Center of Excellence and Expertise in R&D Training • specialization in training & retraining candidates for the workforce for biotech (Piedmont Triad) job placement • job placement at companies, universities or medical center research labs • closely partnered with Schools K-12, WFUHS, colleges, universities and Life Sciences companies Outcomes for the Biotechnology Program Recipient of Multiple Grants from NC Golden Leaf and DOL: Largest BT training program in NC • 2004 - 7 graduates: 100% employed • 2005 - 18(100%) did summer internships • 2006- 37 to be placed in internship! • 290- currently enrolled in program • Provider of second year BT education for 8 area wide community colleges • Articulation with all Triad State university 4 year LS programs & WSFCS • Recognized nationally as a site for the National Center and R&D Training expertise Biotechnology Partner’s feedback “love the BT grads, competent and very hands on” “ in-company training period shortened by half” Possibilities Collaborative models • Further Articulations/Arrangements with: -K-12 -Colleges -Universities -Employers/employees -Others Future • Workforce needs are dynamic • Collaborative spirit • New opportunities evolve • Infrastructure extends itself to novel ideas www.reallysmartpeople.org Communication Life Science Informatics Agriculture & Food Biomanufacturing Bellevue Community College New Hampshire Community Life Science Informatics Processing Indian Hills Technical College Patricia Dombrowski Community College Director Director, Life Science Informatics Janet Paulson Sonia Wallman, Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Bioprocessing Research and Development MiraCosta College Forsyth Tech Ric Matthews Russ H. Read Dr. Lucas D. Shallua (VMD, PhD) Dean, Math and Sciences Executive Director Department Chair email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com For information please visit the following web sites: www.workforce3one.org www.biotechworkforce.org • Come visit & see Biotech 2006 May 22/23 Winston-Salem, NC www.cednc.org/biotech THANK YOU!