8:00 to 8:15am OPENING REMARKS Karen Hicks, Senior Director of Human Resources, Targacept, Incorporated, Winston-Salem, NC
8:15 to 10:00am Regional Bioscience/Biomanufacturing Collaboratives Sonia Wallman, Executive Director of the NBC2
Regional bioscience/biomanufacturing collaboratives are springing up across the nation in mature biotechnology clusters to catalyze the development of local education and training infrastructures to support the clusters and to promote an understanding of the career paths available within this advanced science and high-technology industry. This session will feature the leaders of a sampling of bioscience/biomanufacturing collaborative throughout the United States.
Topics and Speakers:
The Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2), Sonia Wallman, PhD, Executive Director of the NBC2
Bioscience Alliance of the Mid-West (BAM), Sara Cote, Professor of Biotechnology, Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington, IN
The Albany Capitol Region Consortium, Elizabeth Herkenham, Executive Director of the Workforce Consortium, Albany, NY
StudentFactured, Utah's InnovaBIO CMO, Craig Caldwell and Vivian Ward, Biotechnology Professors, Salt Lake City Community College, Salt Lake City, UT
The Rhode Island Consortium, Tim Pelletier, EPSCoR Biotechnology Outreach Coordinator RI NSF EPSCoR Academy, Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI
10:00 to 10:15am BREAK
10:15am to Noon Emerging Biotech Programs Russ Read, Executive Director of the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
This session will focus on some emerging trends in the industry that are translating into employment opportunities. These opportunities require training programs. This session will focus on some of these future programs and how are they being incorporated into the community college system.
Topics and Speakers:
Regulatory Affairs, Sandra J. Kattermann, Ivy Tech, Bloomington, IN
BioInformatics in the Lab, Bill Woodruff, PhD, Alamance Community College, Mebane, NC
Bio-Nanotechnology, Alan Beard, PhD, Forsyth Tech, Winston-Salem, NC
BioTalent Canada, Helping Students and Job Seekers Become "Job-ready", Colette Rivet, BioTalent, Ottawa, ON
Noon to 1:00pm LUNCH
1:00 to 2:45pm Faces of Success: Our Graduates on Their Careers Elaine Johnson, Bio-Link Director and Jo-Anne Hongo, Scientific Manager, Genentech
This interactive session, back by popular demand, features a lively panel of successful industry professionals who gained employability skills at community and technical colleges. Individuals share their pathways to rewarding careers in high-skill, high-wage positions in the biotechnology industry thanks to the access and affordability of targeted programs at community and technical colleges. Active audience participation is encouraged.
Gail Maderis, BayBio, San Francisco, CA
Jo-Anne S. Hongo, Genentech, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Joseph W. Guillory, Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, CA
Camilo Rojas, Scripps Florida Research Institute, Jupiter, FL
Kasey Schuster, State of Utah Granite school District, Lake City UT
Mica A. Welsh, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce, Winston-Salem NC
Marilyn D. Johnson, Natural Sciences Division, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
2:45 to 3:00pm BREAK
3:00 to 4:45pm External "Accreditation" and/or "Certification" for Biotechnology- A Goal or a Digression? Lisa Seidman, Director of the North Central Region of Bio-Link
In this session we will interact with people in various technical disciplines who have experiences relating to accreditation and/or certification programs for programs and graduates. Expect a lively exchange of ideas and information on a sometimes contentious topic.