Biomanufacturing is a new field that requires the knowledge of a range of disciplines including the biological sciences, biotechnology techniques and practices, regulatory requirements, legal protocols, and advanced manufacturing practices.
ARMI | BioFabUSA recently shared progress on three of the current Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Quickstart Projects that are assisting in the development of new workforce and talent pipelines. These updates cover US educational institutions: University of Minnesota, University of New Hampshire and Rutgers University.
The Quickstart programs range in focus from exposure of K-12 to 3D printing, the development of curricula, to a pathway for veterans and students of all ages to join this growing industry. ARMI | BioFabUSA EWD projects include:
University of Minnesota (UMN)
The University of Minnesota is currently working on a project which focuses on the development of an educational program that will train workers on the use of 3D bioprinting. The project focuses on a target audience that is comprised of what we like to call “K-Gray”, which targets all levels of education, including K-12, 2- and 4-year degrees, graduate programs, veterans’ education and workshop courses.
UMN has partnered with Century College to create the relevant content and coursework for a 2-year manufacturing degree with the potential for additional modules to be built that will allow students to obtain a concentration in bioprinting or a certificate in 3D bioprinting. They are also leveraging prior engagements with an organization called “Serving Those Who Serve,” which provides veterans access to free one-on-one weekend lab experiences at the UMN 3D Bioprinting facility.
University of New Hampshire at Manchester (UNHM)
In response to the projected needs of the biomanufacturing industry, the University of New Hampshire at Manchester has developed an online prototype of a credit-bearing course titled, “The Business of Biotechnology.”
A previous version of this course at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester focused mainly on the manufacturing of biologics. As part of this project, the course was revamped and relaunched in the Spring of 2018 to include additional topics that align closely with ARMI | BioFabUSA. The newly developed course, now titled “Introduction to Biotech Manufacturing,” includes additional topics such as the business and marketing behind biotechnology, as well as clinical, regulatory, legal and general scientific topics that are essential for understanding the commercial and government sectors within the emerging industry.
The New Jersey Center for Biomaterials (NJCBM) at Rutgers University is analyzing data to inform a skills gap analysis report based on the survey data collected over the past several months, which in turn will support ARMI’s efforts to develop a national EWD roadmap.
The principal investigator of this project is Dr. Joachim Kohn, who is a research entrepreneur as well as a multidisciplinary translational scientist, and founder of the NJCBM. Dr. Kohn has built the center into a collaborative network, involving 25 institutions and 40 laboratories. The institution, which spans academia, industry and government focuses on the improvement of health care and quality of life for individuals by developing advanced biomedical products for tissue repair and replacement.
For more information on each of these projects and to read about them in greater detail, visit our Community Portal Page!