MassBioEd Life Sciences Workforce Conference Brings Together Higher Education and Industry to Address Today’s Most Pressing Hiring & Retention Challenges

May 01, 2018

Speakers will discuss the impact emerging technology has on the future of work, how to increase diversity & inclusion from within, and strategies for increased employee engagement   

What: The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation’s (MassBioEd) 3rd Annual Life Sciences Workforce Conference will advance discussion on workforce development issues related to the life sciences industry and seeks to increase engagement and collaboration between higher education and industry. MassBioEd will also present its Annual Job Trends Forecast, including results from its annual life sciences employer workforce survey.

When: Friday, May 18, 2018 from 8am – 3pm ET

Where: Northeastern University ISEC Building, 805 Columbus Ave, Boston MA  02120

Who: Barry Greene, President of Alnylam, will share the story of the company’s impressive growth over the last two years, and its approaches to building a culture of excellence and innovation. Travis McCready, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, will moderate a discussion on how the life sciences industry can increase diversity by improving pathways for minority populations. A diverse group of speakers will debate a range of issues from how hiring decisions are made at local life sciences companies to the most disruptive new technologies and their impact on the future workforce. Speakers include (among others):

  • Chris Coburn, Chief Innovation Officer, Partners Healthcare
  • Jeffrey Herrera, Senior Associate, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Biogen
  • Joanne Kamens, Ph.D., Executive Director, Addgene
  • Melodie Knowlton, Head, Vertex Learning Lab
  • Lizabeth Leveille, Head, BD&L Boston Innovation Hub, Merck
  • Ann Lyons, Head of Training, Shire Pharmaceuticals
  • Issi Rozen, Chief Business Officer, Broad Institute
  • Joan Reede, Dean of Diversity, Director of Minority Faculty Development, Harvard Medical School

 View the full agenda here.

Interested media can register for free by contacting Jennifer Nason

Thank you to event sponsors Alexandria, Alnylam, Northeastern University, Stratacuity, University of Massachusetts, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

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