The current pandemic has created a national discussion about the fragility of global supply chains and the need to on-shore manufacturing in critical industry sectors. This includes building a domestic workforce focused on biomanufacturing. Whether securing and assembling raw chemical and biologic materials to manufacturing a product, biomanufacturing is a complex and expensive venture. The full spectrum of state and regional support is needed to ensure this industry can produce vaccines, therapies, and other biobased products to meet the needs of our nation. Strong state and regional economic development programs are also needed to help communities create quality jobs in this industry sector.
A select panel of nationally known biomanufacturing educators and state economic development directors will share their insights on how to successfully partner with the biotechnology industry to meet the demand for a quality workforce in this industry sector.