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” • • • • • 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 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 • • • • • 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) 150 147,000 140 130 116,000 120 110 100 2000 CoreNet Global Deal o the Year 2001 2002 2003 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 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 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 • 2004 - 7 graduates: 100% employed • 2005 - 18(100%) did summer internships • 250 currently enrolled in program • Provider of second year BT education for 8 area wide community colleges • Articulation with all Triad State university 4 year LS programs & WSFCS • 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 • • • • 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!