Building and Inspiring the Life Sciences Talent and Workforce Pipeline
Workforce Development Task Force
Joe Sanchez, AstraZeneca (co-Chair)
Brian Stamper, Kite Pharma (co-Chair)
Ulyana Desiderio, Department of Commerce
Michelle Ferrone, Maryland Tech Council
Michael Nestor, J&J Innovation – JLABS @Washington, DC
Aaron Vernon, TCR2 Therapeutics
KaShauna Rohlehr, GSK
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 Central Maryland
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 leaders Jose Sanchez (AstraZeneca) and 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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