Biofabrication is an emerging 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: Arizona State University (ASU), Texas A&M University (TAMU) and University of Florida (UF).
The Quickstart programs range in focus from the development of online curriculum focusing on regenerative medicine and biomanufacturing, integration of biofabrication into the community college infrastructure, and pathways for veterans and other non-traditional students to join the emerging industry. ARMI | BioFabUSA EWD projects include:
Arizona State University (ASU):
Arizona State University has been working on the development of a comprehensive online curriculum. This course, which has a strong focus in regenerative medicine and biomanufacturing, provides training and retraining opportunities to undergraduates, graduates, veterans, as well as non-collegiate youth populations.
This newly generated curriculum is based on an already established in-person course that ASU currently offers as part of its Stem Cell Training and Research Program (STaR Program). The STaR Program that is currently offered equips students with necessary knowledge and skill sets necessary for post-graduate careers in regenerative medicine, and since its inception in 2016, has resulted in the training of over 50 undergraduates. ASU is leveraging the success of this program as well as the expertise of the Fulton Schools of Engineering and ASU Online to develop a comprehensive online curriculum.
Texas A&M University:
Texas A&M University (TAMU) is currently working alongside the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) on the development and implementation of two new courses, “Principles of Scale Up: Upstream Biomanufacturing and Quality Cell Culture,” and "Design Analysis of Industrial Experiments.” These two courses not only leverage existing course, but also integrate newly developed laboratory experiences and curricula which incorporate cutting-edge cell biomanufacturing technologies.
These courses will be developed alongside community and technical college partners as well as members of industry that will serve as subject matter experts. This will allow for the development of effective online and hands-on technical training in bioreactors, as well as scale-up and automation. These experiences will allow for the education of community and technical college students, military veterans, and displaced workers for employment within the industry of regenerative medicine and biomanufacturing.
University of Florida (UF):
The University of Florida (UF) is working to explore connections with “Vets Helping Vets” to develop a national and comprehensive plan to expose students within the community college infrastructure. The exploration would focus on students, specifically veterans, and how they can increase exposure of veterans who seek a two-year degree or intention of matriculating to a four year-institution to the fields of regenerative medicine and biomanufacturing. With a proven track record of aiding veterans both within the classroom and following graduation, these new efforts align closely UF’s past efforts.
The project will focus specifically on how the various educational institutions that are currently involved in the ARMI | BioFabUSA community can best collaborate to create workforce and higher-level education opportunities for veterans and other participants. This would allow for individuals that are prepared for and successful once in a position that relates to either of the two fields.
For more information on each of these projects and to read about them in greater detail, visit our Community Portal Page! This benefit is available exclusively to members of the ARMI | BioFabUSA Community.