The Making of a Biotechnology
Workforce in the Piedmont Triad
Region & Forsyth County, NC
Russ H. Read
Executive Director
National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
Forsyth Tech
Winston-Salem, NC
October 24, 2005
Knowledge-based Industry
Biotechnology a complex knowledge based technological approach:
2002 Brookings Institution Report
Requirements for Success
 Biomedical Research infrastructure
 Economic Development support
 Venture capital
 Entrepreneurs
Biotechnology’s Potential
“Vast and Imaginative”
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Food & agriculture
Medicine
Environment
Information
Other
Photograph by:
Steve Brown & Carl A. Sharif - NYT Pictures
US Biotechnology Industry
Companies
Sales ($B)
1,466
$30
Employees
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United States
194,600
US Biotechnology Industry
First Tier States & Regions
North Carolina Rankings
Recognized Globally as a Leading Life
Science Community
• NC # 3 US biotech state (Ernst & Young, 2004)
• Research Triangle #3 biotech metro area
(Milken Institute, 2004)
• # 1 in Biotech Human Capital & Biotech
Workforce
Biotechnology
A Natural Fit for North Carolina
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Economy based on living organisms
Outstanding research universities
Four medical schools
World’s largest research park (RTP)
Progressive tradition
North Carolina’s Biotech
Future
Statewide Strategic Plan for
Biotechnology
“New Jobs Across North Carolina”
54 strategic recommendations
• Three immediate priorities:
– Recruit and expand biomanufacturing companies
– Create more start-up companies
– Spread biotechnology statewide
Biotechnology Industry
Characteristics
• Small
• Highly Regulated
• Young and Still Developing
Biotechnology Occupational
Characteristics
• Specialized Skills
• High Level of Education
• Higher Wages
Employment Projections 2002-12
• Industry
– Scientific research, development &
technical services: 70%
– Pharmaceutical & medical
manufacturing: 23%
• Occupations
– Life, physical & social scientists:
17%
– Biological scientists: 19%
– Biological technicians: 19%
Long & Short-Term Solutions
• Community Colleges Hold the Key
Demand-Driven Process
opportunity
needs
implementation
sustainability
results
Diverse Training Needs
• Similar type of Biotech job
positions exist across the
country
• There are emerging
biotechnology specializations
• Examples: research &
development,
bioprocessing/biomanufactur
ing and bioinformatics
Skill/Education Requirements
Discovery Research Technician or Assistant
• Description:
– Perform research tasks & experiments
– Analyze & interpret data
– Write experimental protocols, reports, & summaries
– Handle & purchase lab equipment and supplies
• Entry- Level Position:
– Associate degree in science with related experience with
annual salary of $25,000+
Piedmont Triad Area
Location- 60-90 miles from Charlotte and Raleigh (RTP)
• 1,517,790
Population 1,517,790
Largest Industry
in terms of employees - Health Care
Forsyth
per capita income $25,000
Piedmont Triad
Manufacturing Employment 2000 - 2004
160
Manufacturing Jobs (000s)
150
147,000
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130
116,000
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2000
CoreNet Global Deal o the Year
2001
2002
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2004
Piedmont Triad
Layoffs/Closings
Between 2001 and 2004, there were 361
reported closings affecting over 16,760 people,
and 191 layoffs affecting over 12,996 people.
Major layoffs or closings at:
RJ Reynolds, Lexington Home Brands, Sara Lee,
Thomasville Furniture, Pillowtex, Unifi, Wachovia
The case for diversification of the region’s economy
Biotech Opportunities ?
Necessary Behaviors
• Vision / Leadership /
Desire
• Collaboration
• Volunteerism
• Entrepreneurialism
capital
workforce
Infrastructure
Basic Ingredients
Biotech Research & Development
- the Piedmont Triad
Biomedical Research
Infrastructure
–FTCC
–WFUSM
–WSSU
–UNC-G
–NC A&T
Piedmont Triad Capital Possibilities
Capital &
Entrepreneurial Activity
Angel capital & Local Venture
- Piedmont Angel Network
- Inception Micro Angel Fund
Knowledge & Environment
- Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurs Network
- Wake Forest Babcock Business Incubator
- Nussbaum Incubator
- Seed Stage Advisory
- Winston - Salem Technology Council
“New” Economic Development Groups
in the Piedmont Triad
Strong, Cooperative Organizations
 Two active research parks being built
 Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurs Network (PTEN)
 Piedmont Triad Partnership
 Chambers 3, Triad
 Action Greensboro
 Winston - Salem Chamber’s Technology Council
 NC Department of Commerce
 NC Regional Biotechnology Office
 Piedmont Triad Biotechnology Advisory Board (schools
universities, for profits)
 Life Sciences Executive Round Table
Inventory
Biotechnology Industry
- the Piedmont Triad
49 Life Sciences Related
Companies
12 medical device manufacturers
8 medical service providers
4 clinical laboratories
9 biotechnology companies
16 pharmaceutical companies
33 support/service companies
Piedmont Triad
Life Science/BT Employment
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Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center-3,800 Medical research and education
Laboratory Corp Of America- 3,200-Clinical and anatomical laboratory services
Spectrum Laboratory Network- 1,000-Laboratory services for physicians offices and hospitals
Procter and Gamble Co. -765-Manufactures consumer products
Syngenta Crop Protection -740-Agricultural biotechnology
Banner Pharmacaps -566-Manufactures soft-gel capsules and caplets
Carolina Biological Supply Company 530- world-class support for science & math
Arrow International Inc. 500-Manufactures heart catheters
ConvaTec 325- Manufactures ostomy care, skin care and advanced wound care products
Ventlab Corp. 300-designs and manufactures critical care and emergency medical devices
Wilson-Cook Medical Inc. 260-manufactures medical and surgical equipment
Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corp. 256-Produces specialty chemicals
Shionogi Qualicaps, Inc. 180-Manufactures empty two-piece capsules and encapsulation
equipment
TriPath Imaging Inc- 160-Diagnostics; cervical cancer screening
Novartis Animal Health US Inc. 150-develops and manufactures veterinary pharmaceuticals
Physicians Laboratories -130-Makes Revival Soy-based products
Targacept – 90- drug discovery and development
Transtech Pharma- 80- drug discovery and development
13,000 jobs- Critical People Mass & Bio-Cluster Formation
Forsyth County
Winston-Salem- Biotech Cluster
Leverage Infrastructure
– PTRP – a 200-acre research park (planning to be one of
largest urban research parks in U.S.)
– NC Biotech Center’s Triad office – the Center’s first satellite
office
– WFU School of Medicine - #32 nationally in NIH funding;
Dept. of Public Health Sciences ranked #1
– Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center – #1 in
licensing revenue among NC’s universities; $170 million in
research grants and awards (FY 2004)
– Globally recognized Institute of Regenerative Medicine
Piedmont Triad Biotechnology
Advisory Board
Acting on 21 Top Initiatives
• Assessment/Inventory will show trends, resources, gaps
• Identify projects, goals, vision in three timelines
• Short Term Projects: ex: Assessment, Economic Index, Events
Workforce
• Mid Term Goals: ex: Marketing, wet-lab incubator, pilot scale
mfg
• Longer Term Vision: ex: International Business Incubator,
Biomanufacturing facility recruitment
Environmental Assessment
Reveals
• BT Workers at the technician level are a
high need for the present & future
“ You train them they will have jobs ”
The Biotech Program Process
Personnel
faculty
Implement & evaluate utility
grants, in- kinds
Internal/ External advisors
Curriculum
Not to be reinvented
Possibilities
Collaborative models
• Articulations with:
-K-12
-Colleges
-Universities
-Employers/employees
-Others
Vision
• premiere BT program in R&D in the Southeast
• now considered nationwide to be a Center of Excellence
and Expertise in R&D Training
• specialization in training & retraining candidates for the
workforce for biotech (Piedmont Triad) job placement
• job placement at companies, universities or medical
center research labs
• closely partnered with Schools K-12, WFUHS, colleges,
universities and Life Sciences companies
Outcomes
Recipient of Multiple Grants from Golden Leaf and DOL: Largest BT
training program in NC
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2004 - 7 graduates: 100% employed
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2005 - 18(100%) did summer internships
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250 currently enrolled in program
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Provider of second year BT education for 8 area wide community colleges
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Articulation with all Triad State university 4 year LS programs & WSFCS
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Recognized nationally as a site for the National Center and R&D Training
expertise
Partner’s feedback
“love the BT grads, competent and very hands on”
Future
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Workforce needs are dynamic
Collaborative spirit
New opportunities evolve
Infrastructure extends itself to novel ideas
www.reallysmartpeople.org
• US DOL Employment and Training
Administration $5M grant
– to enhance capacity for biotechnology training by
region;
– to develop, implement, and disseminate curricula;
– to define technician skill standards for biotechnology
sectors;
– make resources of curriculum available throughout
the country.
For information please visit the following web sites:
www.workforce3one.org
www.biotechworkforce.org
Please visit a DOL/ ETA webinar on the Biotechnology
Workforce originally broadcast 9/14/05 by
connecting to either of these sites
Thank you!
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