In the first blog of this series, we talked about the rationale and need to develop a well-trained and highly skilled biotech workforce to support R & D and bio-manufacturing in Maryland. Now, I want to highlight what our State is doing to strengthen a basic workforce needed to support our rapidly maturing bio-based industry sector. My focus is on the career path for the underemployed worker trying to gain access into this new and exciting business of biotechnology. Besides, the 4- and 2-year colleges won’t produce enough workers to fill the future void. At a recent Mid-Atlantic Biology Research and Career Network Conference held at Loyola College (www.loyola.edu/mabrc) , Kelly M. Schulz, Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) stated that in Maryland, there are only 2,300 new graduates in 2017, with B.S. degrees in the biosciences. Given that there are approximately 2,260 life sciences businesses including more than 500 core biotech firms in Maryland, is that enough of an entry-level talent pool to sustain the nee Probably not, especially considering that a proportion of these new graduates will not stay in Maryland following completion of their degrees.
This is the first in a three-part series about building and retaining talent in support of our growing bioscience sector.
Maryland’s bioscience community is expanding and maturing which is great news for our state. Our bio-based ecosystem is healthy and getting positive exposure locally, nationally and internationally. Expanding and strengthening this sector to make it a key economic driver for the state is a worthy goal. In fact, the state economic development folks have a mantra, to be number 3 by the year 2023, that is to be the third biggest life sciences region in the US, and this makes perfect sense as a realistic actionable goal.
Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary field that combines biology, computer science, and statistics to develop methods for the processing and interpretation of biological data. It has grown exponentially since the late 1980’s, when the first databases of protein sequence motifs emerged. Boosted first by the growth of the internet and later by the increasing popularity of high-throughput biological experimentation, bioinformatics has evolved far beyond “motif finding” in recent years. Increasing industrialization of laboratory techniques to make them “high throughput” has revolutionized many fields of biological inquiry, and bioinformatics has rapidly evolved in conjunction with the emergence of “big data” produced by such techniques.
Early planning is critical, both for cell therapy clinical trials and commercial-scale operations. By addressing how activities will be managed early on, it can minimize risk and cost, and optimize downstream processes. However, oftentimes clients are unsure of which components are critical to address early on.
Please see important information below regarding our office move, guest blogs and member videos! Let me know if you have questions. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!
Maryland Tech Council is saying goodbye to our old digs on September 20, 2017. Please make note, our communications will be down that day and we will resume full activity on September 21, 2017. MTC’s new headquarters will be located at Launch Workplaces in Gaithersburg MD, 9841 Washingtonian Boulevard, Suite 200, Gaithersburg MD 20878.
Be a Guest Blogger
Maryland Tech Council is launching the Member Point of View (POV) guest blogs. We are inviting members to submit content for our blog page. The content will be focused on your niche/industry where you can add a new POV for the MTC audience. Our goal is to position you as an authority and well-known name in the industry. And for us, we will have fresh new content for the page and get new readers to our blogger community. It’s simple and a win-win. We will have numerous categories that you can write articles for; those will be available in the next few weeks. We are kicking off the Member POV blogs during Cyber Security Awareness month in October. If you are interested in submitting a blog on that topic, please let me know and we will get you started.
Become a Familiar Face in the Community
Maryland Tech Council is revitalizing the “member spotlight” that is featured in the VIBE E-newsletter. We now offer the opportunity to feature you, the member, through our new and exciting video blog or vlog. The video will be 30-45 seconds, prerecorded at our offices, about your company. We will then feature the vlog in our monthly VIBE E-newsletter. The vlogs allow us to distribute the member spotlight through other formats such as twitter, Facebook, etc. to get you more exposure. I mean, we are the Tech Council, right?