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Bridging the Gap: A Biopharmaceutical Processing Workforce Development Continuum

This proposal seeks to increase training capacity to address the critical shortage of an appropriately trained entry-level workforce in the biomanufacturing industry. Through this proposal, three distinct academic partners (Montgomery and Bucks County Com
Categories
Talent/ Pipeline development
Project status
100% Completed

Industry Need

  • There is a critical shortage of an appropriately trained entry-level workforce in the biomanufacturing industry.

Solution

Leveraging the state-of-the-art Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing (JIB) and with input from an industry task force, Montgomery Community College, Bucks County Community College, and Thomas Jefferson University joined together to developed an innovative, cost-effective NIIMBL Education Platform (NEP) to provide a way for students to transition into entry-level bioprocessing industry positions while offering transcript-able and transferable academic credits.  


The NEP includes both cross-disciplinary educational curriculum and an experiential component. The NEP curriculum aims to:  

  • Align community college and university curricula 
  • Equip participants with the knowledge and hands-on skills, provided in the JIB’s simulated GMP facility, needed to prepare them for immediate hire into the workforce in the biopharma industry 
  • Offer a clear pathway from community college to industry, with a roadmap identifying additional opportunities for both continuing education and career advancement  


Outcomes and Impacts

Demonstrated proof-of-concept with a cohort of 10 students to validate the model

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Project Lead

Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University

Participating Organizations

Bucks County Community College

Bucks County Community College

Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC

Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC

Montgomery County Community College

Montgomery County Community College