Building and Inspiring the Life Sciences Talent and Workforce Pipeline


Alex Haarich, Manager, Workforce Development and Partnerships

Michelle Ferrone, Chief Operating Officer, Maryland Tech Council

Workforce Development Task Force Members

Brian Stamper, AstraZeneca

Ulyana Desiderio, Department of Commerce

KaShauna Rohlehr, GSK

Michael Nestor, J&J Innovation – JLABS @Washington, DC

Aaron Vernon, TCR2 Therapeutics

Jesse Christopher, Longeviti Neurosolutions

Ed Radwinsky, The Geneva Foundation

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

LSAB-MTC Workforce Development Task Force activities

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 (Kite Pharma) 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.” The group dedicated significant time 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. The task force has identified most immediate priorities to pursue for the next several months:

  • Plan and coordinate a high-touch, inclusive outreach program to local and out of state talent.
  • Organize stakeholders to improve the process and scale of trainee experiential learning.
  • Create resources for navigating biotech career paths and develop a marketing campaign to promote these careers to talent and talent influencers.


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