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Cell-Based Therapy Training Program For Incumbent Workers

Skills and knowledge gaps applicable across the cell-therapy sector will be identified. Gaps that hinder workers from moving to more advanced positions will also be identified. Piloting training modules and launching the program will conclude the project.
Incumbent worker training
Project status
100% Completed


Performance Period: 9/1/2020 to 8/31/2021

In the past decade, with the rapid development of cell therapies, the U.S. biopharmaceutical industry has made major advancements to cure some of society’s most devastating cancers and diseases. Unlike traditional or protein biopharmaceuticals, cell therapy manufacturing involves manipulating either the patient’s own cells – i.e. autologous therapy—or a donor’s cells– i.e. allogenic therapy—to fight the disease. Yet, advancements in the commercialization of treatments and establishing large-scale manufacturing has been impeded due to workforce shortages. Across the country, a lack of training programs that cater to incumbent workers in the cell therapy sector has slowed the workforce pipeline.

Working in concert with industry partners, Shoreline Community College (PI: Guy Hamilton) in partnership with Celgene Corporation (Co-PI: Snehal Patel), propose to create the Cell Therapy Incumbent Worker Training Program. To develop the program, Shoreline will convene a broad group of cell therapy companies to identify specific workforce gaps, challenges, and training needs. From those meetings, Shoreline will develop training materials and curriculum, and then pilot the training modules. Upon completion of the pilot, Shoreline will launch the training program and begin accepting trainees.

Outcomes and Impacts

Increased efficiency and accuracy in cell therapy manufacturing, increased industry-wide awareness of cell therapies, increased capacity for companies to scale out the manufacturing process and decreased costs and amount of time for cell therapy companies

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Project Lead

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College

Participating Organizations

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb