Life sciences trade and education leaders from throughout Massachusetts gathered lately in Gloucester for the primary Education and Workforce Development Conference.
Hosted by Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) at its new Gloucester Biotechnology Academy bio-manufacturing studying lab, conference attendees mentioned methods for making a workforce development resolution that can bridge the biomanufacturing expertise hole projected within the subsequent three years.
“Now more than ever it is essential the ecosystem begins responding to the state’s current and projected workforce demand. Working with our partners in industry, academia, and government, we can expand and enhance the biomanufacturing workforce pipeline to effectively meet the hiring needs of employers in all regions of the Commonwealth. Together, we can crack the code for the biomanufacturing talent gap,” mentioned Massachusetts Life Sciences Center CEO Kenn Turner.
The occasion was sponsored by the Cummings Foundation, which awarded GMGI $100,000 this June to assist GMGI’s efforts to catalyze the regional economic system and create a vibrant science neighborhood on Cape Ann.
In addition to GMGI and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, contributors included CEOs, govt administrators, tutorial deans and others from Ginkgo Bioworks, MassBio, Berkshire Innovation Center, New England Biolabs, LabCentral Ignite, Mass Medical Device Industry Council, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Northeastern University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, North Shore InnoVentures, Just A Start, MassBioEd, MassBay Community College and Quincy College, amongst others.
Through collaboration and inspiration all through the day, options had been strategized round subjects together with funding frameworks, aligning trade and education, constructing profitable profession pathways, and addressing the necessity for better variety, fairness and inclusion within the life sciences.
“We are grateful for the participation of this critical group of workforce development thought leaders who are committed to creating an innovative, unprecedented collaboration that will help close the anticipated talent gap,” mentioned Chris Bolzan, GMGI’s govt director, in a ready launch. “A comprehensive strategy that can proliferate regionally and leverage all of our best practices should emerge from our work and this conference was a start of something special for Massachusetts.”
The group mentioned the necessity to “break the bachelor’s barrier” to forge profession pathways for roles that don’t require a level and supply on-ramps to the thriving life sciences when coupled with distinctive coaching and mentorship. With groundwork laid and new connections established, a working group led by Turner will convene with representatives from academia, trade, authorities and non-profits to ascertain a expertise pipeline to reply the state’s projected wants within the life sciences and biotechnology.