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

May 17, 2019

Speakers will discuss the impact immigration laws have on the region’s life sciences community; specific technical competencies sought after in the fields of bioinformatics and biomanufacturing; the professional skills essential to career success; and more.

What: The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation’s (MassBioEd) 4th Annual Life Sciences Workforce Conference will advance discussion on workforce development issues related to the life sciences industry and will seek to increase engagement and collaboration between higher education and industry. MassBioEd will also present updates on the overall hiring trends in the industry as preview of the Annual Job Trends Forecast, which will be published at the end of June.

When: Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 8am – 3:45pm ET

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

Who: Katherine Newman, Interim Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, will shed light on the increasing demand for a college-educated talent pool and share the valuable contributions that UMass continues to deliver to the state’s life sciences workforce. Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rosalin Acosta, will moderate a discussion on innovative programs that open pathways for non-traditional candidates to enter the life sciences industry. A diverse group of speakers will debate a range of issues from how immigration laws affect the life sciences community; how hiring decisions are made at local life sciences companies; and career opportunities in biomanufacturing and bioinformatics. Speakers include (among others):

  • Enoch Huang, Vice President, Simulation and Modeling Sciences, Pfizer
  • Christopher Murphy, Vice President/General Manager, Pharma & Viral Vector Services, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Dr. Charlie Whitaker, Leader of Bioinformatics & Computing Core Facility, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
  • Dr. Itzcoatl Pla, Director, Global Manufacturing Sciences & Technology Capabilities, BMS
  • Tracy Nicholson, Recruiting Director, Third Rock Ventures
  • Emily Gransky, Director, Talent Acquisition and Operations, Flagship Pioneering
  • Dr. Al Boyle, Senior Vice President, Technical Operations and Quality, Alnylam 

View the full agenda here.

Interested media can register for free by contacting Jennifer Nason.

Thank you to event sponsors: Takeda, Sanofi Genzyme, Third Rock Ventures, Alnylam, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Northeastern University, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Stratacuity, University of Massachusetts President’s Office, MCPHS University, Praxis Precision Medicines, and Cambridge Health Alliance Occupational Health Program.

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