Task Force

The Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board (LSAB) joined forces with the Maryland Tech Council (MTC) to create a task force to address the workforce needs of a rapidly growing Maryland life sciences cluster. Led by industry leader Brian Stamper (AstraZeneca) and including experts from academia, industry, government and non-profit organizations, the task force aims to create sustainable workforce development solutions “for the industry, by the industry.”


Workforce Development Task Force Activities

The LSAB-MTC group dedicated significant time to collecting and analyzing talent supply and demand data; identifying current workforce gaps and connectivity issues; and developing strategies to mitigate challenges that may be inhibiting sector growth. In doing so, they've identified a set of immediate priorities to move their mission forward.

Immediate Priorities to Pursue:

Reach The Target Audience

Plan and coordinate a high-touch, inclusive outreach program to local and out of state talent.

Improve The Process

Organize stakeholders to improve the process and scale of trainee experiential learning.

Create A Path

Create resources for navigating biotech career paths and develop a marketing campaign to promote these careers to talent and talent influencers.

Workforce Development Task Force

Brian Stamper, AstraZeneca (co-Chair)



Michelle Ferrone, Maryland Tech Council
Alex Haarich, Manager, Workforce Development and Partnerships



Michael Nestor, J&J Innovation – JLABS @Washington, DC
Aaron Vernon, TCR2 Therapeutics
KaShauna Rohlehr, GSK
Jesse Christopher, Longeviti Neurosolutions
Ed Radwinsky, BlueStone Services, LLC
Sarah Bauder, Connected DMV
Chris Frew, Workforce Genetics
Lindsay Ryan, University System of Maryland
Annica Wayman, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Joyce Fuhrmann, The Universities at Shady Grove
Chimdimnma Esimai, Bowie State University
Supriyo Ray, Bowie State University
Debbie Ricker, Hood College
Benjamin Rohe, Cecil College
Sanjay Rai, Montgomery College
Collins Jones, Montgomery College
Jennifer Bodensiek, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington
Brian Gaines, Learning Undefeated
Tim Fawcett, Biotechnical Institute of Maryland
Mary Keller, Maryland Department of Labor
Ulyana Desiderio Department of Commerce