News & Events 2021

November 2021

Originally broadcast On November 10, 2021 and now available on YouTube, Developing the Regenerative Medicine Workforce addresses the crucial importance of a skilled technical workforce for the rapidly growing fields of regenerative medicine research, clinical translation, and scaled manufacturing. Sponsored by the RegenMed Development Organization and STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, presenters and panelists discuss the skill needs and gaps in regenerative medicine and their implications for practice and policy.

Presenters and panelists include: Dr. Anthony Atala, Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regnerative Medicine, Dr. Ann Murphy, Founding Editor of STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, Dr. Gary Green, Assistant Professor and Chief Workforce Development Officer, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine/Chief Workforce Development Officer, RegenMed, Dr. Linnea Fletcher, PI, InnovATEBio: National Biotchnology Education Center, Austin Communicty College, Dr. James DeKloe, Professor, Solano College, Russ H. Read, Executive Director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce, Forsyth Technical Community College, Andrew Breite, Director of Quality Assurance, VitaCyte, Inc. Indianapolis, IN, Dr. V. Celeste Carter, Program Director, NSF Advanced Technological Education, Bernie Siegel, Director, Regenerative Medicine Foundation, Janet Marchibroda, President, Alliance for Cell Therapy Now.
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October 2021

Triad Today’s Jim Longworth interviews Russ Read about how the National Center for the Biotech Workforce partners with colleges and employers throughout the U.S. to develop innovative technical training programs for students to fill the biotech industry’s ever-growing workforce needs. They also discussed the Triad’s growing biotech sector and NCBW’s longstanding partnership with Forsyth Tech Community College
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August 2021

A $441,028 grant from the National Science Foundation will help a partnership of Triad and Triangle educational institutions prepare a skilled workforce for jobs in regenerative medicine. Led by Wake Forest University Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) and the RegenMed Development Organization (RemDO). Other partners include Forsyth Tech, Atkins High School of WS/FCS, Winston-Salem State University, NC A&T State University, and NC Central University.

“Bringing this new science and technology to high school, community college, and university faculty will strengthen curricula, student learning, and thus the skilled technical workforce,” said Gary Green, Ed.D., chief workforce development officer for WFIRM.
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June 2021

“Recommendations for Workforce Development in Regenerative Medicine Biomanufacturing,” published June 24, 2021 in Stem Cells Translational Medicine outlines the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for Regenerative Medicine biomanufacturing. The article quantifies the skills gap that currently exists between skills required by employers and those acquired by employees and available in the labor market, and makes recommendations for the application of these findings.

Co-authors are: Gary M. Green, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine; Russ H. Read, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce; Sengyong Lee, Ivy Tech Community College—Bloomington; Thomas Tubon, Madison Area Technical College; Joshua G. Hunsberger, Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing Society; and Anthony Atala, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

The Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes released the 2021 Life Sciences Workforce Trends Report in June 2021 at the BIO Digital Convention. The report provides a national snapshot of the current and anticipated talent needs of the nation's dynamic life science industry. The report leverages intelligence drawn from interviews with industry executives across the nation, a national human resources hiring survey and real-time job postings analysis to frame key themes, challenges and opportunities for the life science industry from a workforce and talent perspective.

    Professional Development for Instructors & Teachers

    June 9, 15, 16, 2021

    Biomedical Emerging Technical Applications

    June 28-30, 2021


    Where Bio & Cybersecurity Worlds Intersect

    Starts June 7, 2021

    InnovATEBIO Leadership Institute

    InnovATEBIO Leadership Institute is a professional development program for community college and K-12 bioscience instructors who are interested in joining the next generation of leaders. Senior industry, workforce and academic experts will work with participants leadership from a workplace point of view. The program will stress strategizing, problem solving and leading people. Learn More/Apply

SciTech Lecture Series

  • Learning Bacterial Transformation with the Carolina Biotechnology Simulator

    December 2021

    Aden Dauchess and Dhani Biscocho
    Carolina Biological Supply Company
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  • Career Opportunities and the Interdisciplinary Science of Kinesiology

    November 2021

    Dr. Jacob W. Surratt, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Forsyth Tech Community College
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  • Regenerative Medicine and Workforce Development

    September 2021

    Bernard Siegel, Executive Director of the Regenerative Medicine Foundation
    Dr. Gary Green, Chief Workforce Development Officer, at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
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  • My PharmD Career in the Biotech Industry

    August 2021

    Dr. Mark Shaefer, Executive Director and Clinical Head, Antivirals at HengRui USA
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  • Science Careers: Military Vets Share Career Building Experiences

    May 2021

    Justin Campbell, WFIRM Cell Culture Technician
    Bob Adams, Lab Manager, Nanotech Labs
    Sean Killebrew, Instructional Technology Specialist, Forsyth Tech
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  • Forsyth Tech Biotech Grad Interview

    April 2021

    Kristin Stumpf, Lab Technician at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM)
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  • NC Stem Alliance

    April 2021

    Tandeka Boko MD, Advisor/Navigator for the Forsyth Tech Stem Alliance
    America Revelo Jiron (UNCG), Patricia Springs (FTCC), and Maria Saucedo Lopez (FTCC)
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  • NanoBiotechnology

    March 2021

    Deb Newberry, CEO, Newberry Technology Associates
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  • Cyber-Bio in Healthcare

    February 2021

    Jennifer Anderson
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  • Skills and the Future of Work

    January 2021

    Dr. Matthew Carter
    Vice President, Cook Medical
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