Workforce Updates

March 2024
InnovATEBIO released a report of the June 26-27, 2023 Envisioning the Next Bioscience Workforce national summit which convened 300 participants from education, industry, workforce development, and government.
Access the full report here.

February 2024
More than 30 community college faculty, prospective industry adjunct faculty, and HR professionals participated in the Industry Bridge to Faculty (IB2F) workshop on February 29, 2024 at Alamance Community College and sponsored in conjunction with the NSF ATE InnovATEBIO Center, the NC Biotechnology Center, and NCLifeSci.
Read more here.

January 2024
NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan joined First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on January 26 to launch the Piedmont Triad Regenerative Medicine Engine, recipient of the inaugural U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Engines Program award to provide an innovation ecosystem to stimulate workforce development, jobs, and economic growth. The award provides up to $15 million for two years and up to $160 million over 10 years.
Read more here.

SGA President Azeeza Evelyna, Forsyth Tech President Dr. Janet Spriggs, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, NC Governor Roy Cooper and Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, Jan. 26, 2024

Apply Now for NSF-ATE sponsored BETA Bioscience Fellowships
NCBW is now taking applications for two unique BETA Skills Professional Development opportunities this summer:
College Deans, VPs, Administrators
Details Here
Instructors (community college, university, college, high school)
Details Here

SciTech Lecture Series

SciTech Interview with Devin Purgason, Director of Marketing & Student Care for Forsyth Tech

March 2024
Devin Purgason joins Russ Read and Trevor Tufano for an animated discussion of how AI, marketing, and videography support Forsyth Tech’s mission, unique student experience, and career opportunities.

SciTech Interview with Ian Burdick, Charter Medical LLC

January 2024
Ian Burdick, Director of Biopharma Business Strategy for Charter Medical LLC, joins Russ Read and Trevor Tufano to discuss his career path as well as internships and co-ops at Charter Medical, and how Charter’s nimble innovation and continuous improvement reduces the cost and risk of delivering high-quality advanced therapies and single-use solutions to the medical field.

SciTech Interview with Eurofins CRL

November 2023
Nicole Kauffman, Cynthia Torres, and Chelcie Mejia join Russ Read and Trevor Tufano to talk about the science and teamwork behind Eurofins CRL’s research-based clinical testing services for the global skincare industry.

SciTech Interview with Dr. Sam Yenne

October 2023
Dr. Sam Yenne, Chief Commercial Officer of Metalytics joins Russ Read and Trevor Tufano to discuss how critical information about cellular metabolic rates in living cells, in vitro and in vivo, accelerates research, development, and manufacturing timelines.

SciTech Interview with Dr. Nathan Ahlgrim

October 2023
Russ Read and Trevor Tufano chat with Dr. Nathan Ahlgrim, Academic Community Manager for Good Food Institute, a nonprofit think tank working to make the global food system better for the planet, people, and animals.

National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce

The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) provides leadership and a collaborative platform that directly connects industry, educators, and workforce developers to meet the nation’s ever-evolving bioscience workforce needs.

With its focus on capacity building, best practices, professional development, and skills standard generation, NCBW has led several federally funded bioscience workforce initiatives that both promote and build dynamic, on-the-ground, regional and national communities of practice that engage bioscience employers, colleges, trade and workforce organizations, and advanced manufacturing institutes.

Currently, NCBW leads the NSF ATE Skills for Biomedical Emerging Technology Applications (BETA Skills) project which explores advanced technological education for technician-specialists working in convergent technology and is a partner in InnovATEBIO, the NSF ATE National Center for Biotechnology Education, focusing on its Leadership Institute and on assessing emerging technology skill training needs.

Since 2009, NCBW’s public SciTech Lecture Series has attracted a large and diverse monthly audience. Students, faculty, entrepreneurs, scientists, and other interested participants from throughout the community have participated in more than eighty sessions.

NCBW is also home to a state-of-the-art Analytical and Molecular Skills Development Laboratory which provides advanced training and internships for students, as well as equipment and bench space rental to small companies and researchers. AMSDL is a key component of NCBW’s professional development programs which attract bioscience instructors and selected high-school science teachers from across the United States and beyond.